MAILED: April 24, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Speech Team placed fifth in the country at the National Forensics Association National Championships held the weekend of April 18-20 at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Eight of the 12 students competing for the team received top honors. Ninety-nine schools from across the country competed in the weekend tournament.
Sophomore Libby Haight, a political science major from Anoka, Minn., placed eighth in Individual Sweepstakes out of more than 500 competitors. Haight placed fifth in Informative Speaking, sixth in Persuasive Speaking, and received top 12 honors in Poetry Interpretation, and top 24 honors in two Duo Interpretations. In the duo interpretations, Haight paired with junior Mike Paulus, an English major from Eau Claire, and junior Roshelle Amundson, a communication major from Eagle River.
Amundson also received top 12 honors in another Duo Interpretation with sophomore Stacy Janisch, a communication major from Maplewood, Minn. Amundson received top 24 honors in After Dinner Speaking.
Sophomore Nicole Defenbaugh, a communication major from Wales, received top 12 honors in Persuasive Speaking and top 24 honors in Informative Speaking.
Sophomore Ann Hackel, a social work major from Appleton, received top 24 honors in Informative Speaking and Duo Interpretation with sophomore Melanie Miller, a mathematics major from Anoka, Minn. Miller also received top 24 honors in Prose Interpretation.
Senior Jenny Reel, a Spanish major from Wausau, received top 24 honors in Impromptu Speaking and Persuasive Speaking.
This year's success marks the fifth consecutive year that the team has placed in the top 10 teams of the nation, and the fourth year it has placed in the top five teams in the nation.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 25, 1997