Performing Arts @ NHS




Your Coaches

Cece Weeks - Head Coach

Mrs. Weeks originally hails from the Chicago-land area.  She received her bachelor's in Teaching of English with a minor in Speech/Theatre from the University of Illinois and her Master's in Theatre from Northwestern University.  She has been coaching Forensics since 2001 and she was on the Speech Team in high school where she competed in Duo!  Prior to joining Northern's staff in 2015, she spent 14 years as the head coach of Loy Norrix's team.  Weeks loves watching pieces evolve and speakers grow over the course of the season!

Bunny Dailey

  Bunny read her way to a BA in English, Creative Non Fiction Writing, and Pysch at The University of Michigan, and then spent several years surfing in California, playing the drums in New Orleans, and skiing in Colorado before obtaining a Masters in MFA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul University (Chicago). She has been part of the PN Forensics program since 1996, first in Story and then as the first PN second multiple to ever compete in the State tournament.   She has been consistently coaching for us since she moved back to Michigan 6 years ago.  Bunny appreciates the risks students make throughout the season, and truly believes forensics helps individuals become better listeners, thinkers, and world engagers.

Bill Lapham

 

  • BA in English/Speech Education from WMU, Semester Abroad at the University of Cambridge, focus in Shakespeare's Histories and John Milton, MAET from WMU
  • 2nd year as Assistant Coach at Portage Northern, 1st year as Head Coach at Portage North Middle School, Former Head Coach at Battle Creek Central High School for 12 years, voted tallest coach.
  • Forensics places a focus on the most important parts of education and life: creativity, critical thinking and empathy. In other words, kids who participate in Forensics are superior human beings 

 

Lindsey Wangler

 

Allison Grattan

I graduated with a BA in History and English Secondary Education in 2011 from WMU.  I taught out of state for 5 years before moving to Portage.  This is my 4th year at PNHS and my third year coaching Forensics.  I can't wait to get started!

 

Kaghen Miller

 

Kaghen has been involved with Forensics since 2010. Kaghen competed in Prose and Dramatic Interp during his time at Portage Central. He has been coaching the activity since 2013 (through 2019 with Portage Central High School). His "special skills" include finding and cutting a compelling story for interpretation categories. But don't be fooled, he has coached each and found joy in every event. Kaghen is excited to begin his second year at Portage Northern High School. Empowering the voices of the youth is ever important. 

"When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do." -Rupaul

Nancy Stefanick

 

Nancy joined her high school Forensics team because she couldn’t believe there was a way to earn medals for talking (something she loves to do). She performed for 3 years in Dramatic Interp, Storytelling, and Prose before graduating and attending Western Michigan University as a Theatre Performance and Communication Studies major. After an internship in NYC working for a TV show, Nancy went back to WMU for a Masters in Human Resource Development, after finding her calling as a Learning & Development professional.  An active member of the Kalamazoo community theatre scene for many years, she performed at the Celery Flats Shakespeare Festival, Farmers Alley, and the Kalamazoo Civic. Nancy joined the PN Forensics coaching team in 2019 and is thrilled to be back for another year working with this incredible team. She has also helped with social media marketing for the past 2 school plays. When not coaching you on pace and diction, she makes sure her children are introduced to classic movies like The Princess Bride (her favorite), hosts trivia nights, and makes Spotify playlists for all occasions. Nancy knows firsthand how far public speaking and communication skills can get you in life and feels very honored to be a part of the PN 4N6 team.

Your Captains

 

 

Team Captains

 

 Liam Fagan (Interp) and Caroline Lever (Public Address)

 

Event Captains

PA 

 Liah Heintz (Sales), Audrey Wells (Info), Kylie Clifton (Oratory), Kalolli Bhatt (Broadcasting), Caroline Lever (Extemp/Impromptu)

Interp

 Abigail VanderBerg (Poetry), Ashley Woytal (DI & Prose), Mia Pellegrini (Multiple), Jason Koch (Storytelling), Liam Fagan (Duo)

 



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