2020 Student Speed Contest results

Emma Rosky

A record number of students took part in NCRA’s Student Skills Contest last month. Twelve schools across the country celebrated 2020 Court Reporting & Captioning Week by participating in the contest. Of the 187 students who took tests, 45 passed either a Literary, Q&A, or both.

“The Student Speed Contest is a wonderful way to challenge students to write their best and a great addition to the battery of celebrations during CR&C week,” said Deborah DuBuc, RPR, CRI, CPE, an instructor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Newton, Iowa.

NCRA would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020 contest. Of the students who passed the five-minute dictation test, three winners were drawn at random. Emma Rosky of DMACC was awarded the Walt Disney Grand Prize, NCRA’s RPR Study Guide.

“Thank you for choosing me!” Rosky told Up-to-Speed, NCRA’s student newsletter. “I found the court reporting program thanks to my mom, who works in the legal field. I’m currently deciding between working as an official or freelance reporter. I look forward to class each day and can’t wait to start my internship this summer!”

DuBuc said she was very excited to hear that Rosky won. “DMACC faculty and staff are very pleased for Emma, who is a dedicated student and a fantastic writer. We can’t wait to see where the profession takes her!”

Eileen Quiles

Second place, or the Mickey Mouse Prize, went to Eileen Quiles, of Plaza College in Forest Hills, N.Y. She was awarded a free leg of the RPR Skills Test. “I cannot express enough how much court reporting is of interest to me,” Quiles said. “The thought of creating a word-for-word record of proceedings that are transcribed for the use of judges, lawyers, and others involved is exciting and rewarding. Especially now at a time where there is a shortage of reporters, I could not have thought of a better time to do this. My ultimate goal is to one day caption for the New York Yankees!”

Karen Santucci, CRI, director of the court reporting program at Plaza College, was happy to hear that Quiles had won an award. “Eileen is well on her way to becoming a successful working reporter. We just couldn’t be more proud of her – and all of our students – for their dedication to the field,” Santucci said.

Allison Smyth, a student at MacCormac College in Chicago , will receive the Minnie Mouse Prize – a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Allison Smyth

“I love court reporting,” Smyth said, “because though it is a very small, often overlooked career, it is one of the most vital roles in the court system. I feel so lucky to be learning from such amazing teachers and reporters who inspire me to keep pushing every day. I’m eager to finish school and start working alongside my fellow reporters!” 

For this speed test, students had the choice of taking a Literary or a Q&A test consisting of five minutes of dictation. Students took the test at a speed level they were working on or had just passed and must have achieved 96 percent or higher accuracy to be eligible to win a prize. Because the contest was open to students at all levels, schools were able to have some or all of their students involved. Schools saw this as a great way to get the word out about the profession. “Here at Plaza, all of our students who participated were recognized locally on ABC and NY1 news for their hard work,” said Santucci.

Many thanks to Debbie Kriegshauser, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CLVS, CRC, an official court reporter from Dallas, Texas, for her hard work writing the speed tests and preparing the other testing materials. The contest would not have been possible without her.

NCRA would like to showcase the hard work that students and schools are doing to promote the court reporting and captioning professions. Below are the names of all the students who participated in this year’s contest. Students marked with an asterisk passed the test with 96 percent accuracy or higher.

Name School
Lindsey Polin Atlantic Technical College
Kelly Madden Atlantic Technical College
Shawn Majewski Community College of Allegheny County
Jennifer Hollinger Community College of Allegheny County
Laura McMahon Community College of Allegheny County
Lola Brown Community College of Allegheny County
Emily Diaz Community College of Allegheny County
Jennifer Gale Community College of Allegheny County
Deanna Heckel Community College of Allegheny County
Amy Judge Community College of Allegheny County
Colleen McCleary Community College of Allegheny County
Donna Harrington Community College of Allegheny County
Rachael Syska Community College of Allegheny County
Jace Mascioli Community College of Allegheny County
Katie Wilkerson Community College of Allegheny County
Jonathan MacDonald Community College of Allegheny County
Kristi Kelley* College of Court Reporting
Stephanie Oldeck* College of Court Reporting
Kristi Perkins* College of Court Reporting
Leslie Roesler* College of Court Reporting
Antonia Tucker* College of Court Reporting
Tolisha Belcher College of Court Reporting
Cynthia Bonner College of Court Reporting
Kimberly Coltrain College of Court Reporting
Gabrielle Day College of Court Reporting
Ann Marie Gibson College of Court Reporting
Jill Haefner College of Court Reporting
Keisha Jarrett College of Court Reporting
Larie Kuzma College of Court Reporting
Christil McAllister College of Court Reporting
Brittany Moore College of Court Reporting
Vicki Pelletier College of Court Reporting
Anna Ruemelin College of Court Reporting
Veronica Sandbakken College of Court Reporting
Dianna Schmitz College of Court Reporting
Stacy Shuler College of Court Reporting
Alexis Williams Del Mar College
Natalie Villaveva Del Mar College
Haley Rodriguez Del Mar College
Brice Bovolick Del Mar College
Manuel Torres Del Mar College
Karla Trevino Del Mar College
AdriAnne Avila Del Mar College
Caitlyn Belin Del Mar College
Faith Carrillo Del Mar College
Leanna Alvarez Del Mar College
Amanda Leal Del Mar College
Maloree Trevino Del Mar College
Rosie Rodriguez Del Mar College
Beth Hicks Del Mar College
Andreana Alcidas Del Mar College
Charlotte Pitts Del Mar College
Sarah San Miguel Del Mar College
Savannah Liles Del Mar College
John Whitaker Del Mar College
Emily Kroenig* Des Moines Area Community College
Emma Rosky* Des Moines Area Community College
Hailey Scandridge* Des Moines Area Community College
Kelsey Biggs    Des Moines Area Community College
Camryn Dunne Des Moines Area Community College
Sidney Frey Des Moines Area Community College
Abigail Kahler Des Moines Area Community College
Rebecca Morningstar Des Moines Area Community College
Karlye Walton Des Moines Area Community College
Madalyn Massey Des Moines Area Community College
Sierra Scarnati Des Moines Area Community College
Lonnie Appleby Des Moines Area Community College
Chelsie Byroads* Green River College
Emily Lust* Green River College
Sakara Byroads* Green River College
Megan Speed* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Cristina Ameel* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Ceita Lazar* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Kaitlin McGowan* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Bridget Frederick* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Mandy Perzan* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Ashley McDonald* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Allison Smyth Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Robert Miller* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Jessica Shines* Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
Jennifer Huss Lakeshore Technical College
Jodie Carrico Lakeshore Technical College
Kim Gorecki Lakeshore Technical College
Robert Ludwig      Macomb Community College
Allison Grawburg  Macomb Community College
Wendy Chunn Macomb Community College
Robin Fisette Macomb Community College
Dorothy Strong Macomb Community College
Erin Bartko* Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Sophia Dame* Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Alexis Hill* Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Diana Semler* Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Caprice Albert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Jada Babiuk Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Alexandrea Baird Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Barbara Berney Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Sara Blackburn Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Karen Collis Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Ericah Crumback Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Julia Desrosiers Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Roxanna Doctor Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Emily Ferdinand Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Marie Foreman Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Fossen Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Jennifer Friesen Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Katherine Gallin Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Jasmine Hallis Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Kayla Hotte Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Angeline Jacobsen Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Eileen Johnson Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Desislava Kancheva Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Deborah Kenakin Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Myung Kyu Kim Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Nicole Leddy Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Anna Marcus Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Michaella Matthies Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Bradley Morrison Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Kim Nguyen Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Joseph Nudelman Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Kaitlyn Paul Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Sara Pelletier Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Andrew Penner Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Spencer Reid Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Hanan Rusich Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Carrie Schill Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Kelcy Sherbank Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Florence Smith Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Robin Tarnowetzki Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Michael Thomas Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lucie Titley Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Krystal Truong Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Netannys Turner-Wiens Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Nicole Vanderwolf Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Kayla Velthuis-Kroeze Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Daniella Walker Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Jennifer Webb Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Diane Chen* Plaza College
Samantha Cipriano* Plaza College
Mia Grant* Plaza College
Amanda Vila* Plaza College
Adrianna Filc* Plaza College
Michelle Paluszek* Plaza College
Mayer Weisel* Plaza College
Paula Rojas * Plaza College
Luisa Vertucci* Plaza College
Alexis Zinckgraf* Plaza College
Jennifer Palladino* Plaza College
Eileen Quiles* Plaza College
Joalsi Siri*  Plaza College
Elisa Rodriguez* Plaza College
Antonette Bassi* Plaza College
Daniella Brodsky* Plaza College
Erica Howard* Plaza College
Emma DeCorsey* Plaza College
Lauren Gode* Plaza College
Julissa Rodriguez* Plaza College
Darla Lawson Plaza College
Kathryn Russo Plaza College
Cynthia Quezada Plaza College
Olivia Murray Plaza College
David Gordon Plaza College
Marsha Bruk Plaza College
Alex Diaz-Polanco Plaza College
Sara Richmond     Plaza College
Katherine O’Hara     Plaza College
Radhika Rampersaud Plaza College
Shantelle McIntyre Plaza College
Colleen Hartie Plaza College
Paula Mullen Plaza College
Margeaux LaForte Plaza College
Carmen Vesa Plaza College
Cecilia Miranda Plaza College
Isabella Weiss Plaza College
Melissa Colon Plaza College
Maia Morgon Plaza College
Malia McDaniel Plaza College
Dishawn Williams Plaza College
Ramona Perez Plaza College
Paradise Rosario Plaza College
Elisabeth Dempsey Plaza College
Colleen Hansen South Suburban College
Cascidy Bandyk South Suburban College
Jennifer Blum South Suburban College
Amanda Castaldo South Suburban College
Ema Frye South Suburban College
Marissa Loring South Suburban College
Lilly Martlink South Suburban College