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Forensics team achieves goals at national competitions

May 6, 2013

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team accomplished their goals at three national competitions in April.

The team took eight students to compete at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament April 5-8 at Hutchinson Country Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. Their goal was to finish in the top 20 and they took 20th in team sweepstakes.

Freshman Jake Wrasse, Durand, made it to the quarterfinals in impromptu speaking and junior Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, reached the quarterfinals in prose interpretation.

From April 18-22 the team competed at the National Forensic Association National Tournament hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. They took 18 students and placed ninth in the nation in team sweepstakes. Their goal was to place in the top 10.

Freshman Jake Wrasse, Durand, made it to the quarterfinals in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and after-dinner speaking. Senior Megan McKeown, Eagan, made it to the quarterfinals in persuasion.

The team ended its season at the Interstate Oratory Contest hosted by Louisiana State University Shreveport from April 26-28. Senior Megan McKeown, Eagan, and senior Abby Rand, Melrose, attended the competition as the only representatives from Wisconsin. McKeown placed third in the nation at the contest.

For more information, contact Karen Morris, UW-Eau Claire forensics director, at



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