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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Starts Season with Strong Showing

 MAILED:  Oct. 8, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team began the new season strong at the Missouri Show Me Swing Tournaments held at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Five students attended the tournament, competing against teams twice as large and with twice as many entries. Combined, the team brought 16 events to the tournament and over the two days advanced 12 of those events to the final round.

This ratio exceeds the team goal of breaking 50 percent of their events," said Karen Morris, director of forensics. "What a great way to start the year."

Saturday, Sept. 25, the team competed in the Buck Stops Here Invitational ("Show Me Once") hosted by the Truman State forensics program and placed second overall.

Individual results for that tournament are as follows:

Senior Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, placed first in dramatic interpretation, third in prose interpretation and first in dramatic duo with sophomore Christine Zani, Hurley. Zani also placed second in informative speaking and fourth in rhetorical criticism. In addition, Zani become the quadrathron champion, placing higher in her events than did any other student who competed in at least four events at the tournament.

Junior Betsy Schroeder, LeCenter, Minn., placed third in persuasive speaking.

Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed fourth in impromptu speaking and informative speaking.

Senior Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., placed fourth in poetry interpretation and sixth in rhetorical criticism.

  On Sunday, Sept. 26, the forensics team competed in the Bulldog Alumni and Parents Tournament ("Show Me Again") hosted by the alumni and parents of the Truman State forensics team. The UW-Eau Claire team placed third overall.

Individual results for that tournament are as follows:

Zani placed first in informative speaking.

Bevernitz placed second in dramatic interpretation.

Conklin placed third in impromptu speaking, informative speaking and prose speaking.

Schroeder placed third in after-dinner speaking.

Mc Neely placed fifth in poetry speaking and sixth in rhetorical criticism.



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Updated: October 8, 2004