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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Wins
State Tournament 10 Years in a Row
MAILED: Feb. 24, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team recently brought home the Wisconsin State Tournament title for the 10th straight year.
The tournament, held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday, Feb. 15, pitted the seven Wisconsin schools with active forensics programs against each other for the Wisconsin State Tournament title.
Besides celebrating their decade of success at the tournament, the team also congratulated two UW-Eau Claire students who won the right to represent the state at the Interstate Oratory Contest in Houston this April.
Senior Ben Schneider, Greendale, will attend the tournament for the second time, while Sophomore Kelly Bender, New London, will make her inaugural appearance at the tournament.
In addition to earning the right to compete at the Interstate Oratory Contest, Schneider also won the individual sweepstakes at the State Tournament and Bender took third in the individual sweepstakes.
"Not only are we proud of Ben and Kelly for their top notch performances," said Karen Morris, director of forensics, "but most of the UW-Eau Claire students placed in finals in some event."
Individual results for the tournament are as follows:
Schneider placed first in persuasive oratory and extemporaneous speaking, as well as first in duo interpretation with sophomore Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, and third in the same event with freshman Rachel Mayasich, St. Cloud, Minn. Schneider also took second in rhetorical criticism and fourth in after-dinner speaking, and Mayasich also placed second in extemporaneous speaking.
Bevernitz, in addition to his first in duo interpretation, also took third in oratory, fifth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in dramatic interpretation.
Bender took first in rhetorical criticism, second in oratory, third in program oral interpretation and fourth in informative speaking.
Junior Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, placed second in informative speaking and third in extemporaneous speaking.
Freshman Katie Nutting, Wausau, took first in informative speaking and third in prose interpretation.
Sophomore Christopher Conklin, Green Bay, placed first in impromptu speaking.
Sophomore Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., placed second in after-dinner speaking and third in poetry interpretation.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 24, 2003