UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team

Fong places first in state forensics tournament, COB students move on to nationals

Stephen Fong, a sophomore University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire marketing and entrepreneur major from Shorewood, WI, placed first in communication analysis and third in oratory at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament held February 17-18, 2012 at UW-Whitewater.

Other teams in addition to UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater participating at the state competition were Ripon College, UW-Madison, and UW-Oshkosh. UW-Eau Claire was named state champion for the 20th year in a row.

Now that the state tournament is over, members of the UW-Eau Claire forensics team will compete in two national competitions.

Six to eight UW-Eau Claire students, including, COB students Fong and Abby Rand, a junior health care administration major from Melrose, WI, have qualified for the 34th American Forensic Association at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, which will be held April 6-9, 2012. Fong has qualified in persuasion and rhetorical criticism and Rand has qualified in dramatic interpretation and informative speaking. The tournament is expected to draw more than 900 competitors.

Ohio University in Athens, OH will host the 2012 National Forensics Association (NFA) national tournament April 19-23, 2012. Fifteen UW-Eau Claire students, including COB students Fong, Rand, Kindra Kressin, a senior management major from Benkelman, NE, Mandi Salo, a sophomore operations-materials management major from Duluth, MN and Kyra Witcher, a freshman accounting major from Apple Valley, MN, have qualified for the event. Rand and Fong have qualified in four events, Kressin and Wicher have qualified in three events, and Salo has qualified in two events. Approximately 75 to 125 colleges and universities attend the NFA each year.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics program is managed by Karen Morris, director, and Kelly Jo Wright, assistant director. Morris and Wright are senior lecturers in the Department of Communications and Journalism. To learn more about the forensics program, visit www.uwec.edu/4n6.

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