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Forensics team places high in February events

February 16, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team hosted the Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament Feb. 11 and Ripon College hosted the Red Hawk Invitational Feb. 12. Both events were part of the Wisconsin Love Fest Swing competition.

UW-Eau Claire placed second in team sweepstakes in Ripon, with several students qualifying for the American Forensic Association and the National Forensic Association tournaments.

Individual results are as follows:

  • Senior James Kust, Eau Claire, placed third in persuasion and after-dinner speaking. He also placed fourth in communication analysis.
  • Senior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed first in persuasion and in communication analysis, which qualified him for the American Forensic Association tournament.
  • Sophomore Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, placed first in program oral interpretation. He also placed first in duo with junior Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., which qualified them for the American Forensic Association tournament.
  • Junior Megan Chilman, Le Sueur, Minn., placed fifth in poetry.
  • Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., placed first in prose and second in dramatic interpretation. Both categories qualified her for the American Forensic Association tournament.
  • Junior Jessica Krentz, Weston, placed fourth in after-dinner speaking, which qualified her for the National Forensic Association tournament.
  • Freshman Caitlyn Duley, St. Michael, Minn., placed seventh in after-dinner speaking.


In 1951, Grace Walsh established the Eau Claire Competitive Debate Team. For 36 years she taught speech and coached forensics at UW-Eau Claire. The Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament, one half of a swing tournament known as the Love Fest, is a celebration of Walsh's dedication to the activity and the passion with which she led the forensics community.

For more information, visit the UW-Eau Claire forensics website.



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