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Forensics team wins 20th consecutive Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament championship

February 23, 2012
 Forensics Team
The UW-Eau Claire forensics team won the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament for the 20th year in a row. Team members include (front row, left to right) Megan Chilman, Jessica Krentz, Megan McKeown and Holly Albers, and (back row left to right) Jarrel Montgomery, Jake Stendahl, Stephen Fong, Natalie Hunter, James Kust and Patrick Martin.

 Holly Albers
Holly Albers took first in the oratory competition at the 2012 Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament and will represent UW-Eau Claire in Boston in April at the Interstate Oratory Contest.
EAU CLAIRE — For the 20th year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team earned the championship trophy at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament.

Senior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn., won the oratory competition at the Feb. 17-18 tournament at UW-Whitewater. Albers will represent UW-Eau Claire and the state of Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in April in Boston. The Interstate Oratory Contest is the nation's oldest forensics competition.

In addition, UW-Eau Claire's forensics team won 10 of the 11 events offered at the 2012 Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament.

Individual results are as follows:

  • Senior James Kust, Eau Claire, placed first in after-dinner speaking and third in communication analysis, informative speaking and impromptu speaking. He also placed fifth in individual sweepstakes and extemporaneous speaking.
  • Senior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed first in extemporaneous speaking and informative speaking. He took second in communication analysis and fourth in individual sweepstakes. Martin took second in duo interpretation with sophomore Jarrel Montgomery, Madison.
  • Junior Jessica Krentz, Weston, took second in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking. She placed fourth in after-dinner speaking, and sixth in oratory and communication analysis.
  • Junior Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., took second in dramatic interpretation and prose interpretation. She placed fifth in program oral interpretation. McKeown placed first in duo interpretation with Jarrel Montgomery, Madison.
  • Senior Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn., placed fifth in dramatic interpretation and informative speaking. She took second in program oral interpretation and third in poetry interpretation. She also placed fourth in prose interpretation, which qualified her for the National Forensic Association tournament.
  • Junior Megan Chilman, Le Sueur, Minn., placed first in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation.
  • Senior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn., placed first in program oral interpretation and fourth in dramatic interpretation. She took second in poetry interpretation, informative speaking and individual sweepstakes. She also placed first in oratory, which qualified her for the Interstate Oratory Contest.
  • Sophomore Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, placed first in poetry interpretation, prose interpretation and individual sweepstakes. He also placed third in dramatic interpretation.
  • Sophomore Stephen Fong, Shorewood, placed first in communication analysis and third in oratory.
  • Freshman Jake Stendahl, Forest Lake, Minn., placed third in prose interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation.


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