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Forensics team places seventh in national competition

April 27, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed seventh in the team sweepstakes at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament. UW-Eau Claire's Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed 15th nationally in individual sweepstakes.

Going into the national competition, the team hoped to place among the top 10, said Karen Morris, director of forensics.

"We are excited to have not only reached that goal, but exceeded our own expectations," Morris said. "This was a huge tournament with 86 schools, over 1,000 people in 1,600 events. We took 18 students in 61 events that all helped to contribute to preliminary points that helped us win this trophy."

Several UW-Eau Claire students placed high in their individual events.

The following students were finalists, placing them in the top six in the nation.

  • Dramatic interpretation, sixth place — sophomore Jarrel Montgomery, Madison.
  • Extemporaneous speaking, sixth place — junior Jessica Krentz, Weston.
  • Extemporaneous speaking, second place — senior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn.

The following students were semifinalists, placing them in the top 12 in the nation.

  • Duo interpretation — senior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., and sophomore Jarrel Montgomery, Madison.

The following students were quarterfinalists, placing them in the top 24 in the nation.

  • Persuasion and communication analysis — senior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Informative speaking — senior Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn.
  • Extemporaneous speaking — senior James Kust, Eau Claire.

For more information, visit the UW-Eau Claire forensics website or contact Karen Morris at 715-836-3305 or



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