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Places 11th in Nation
MAILED: April 12, 2000|
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed 11th out of 104 schools at the American Forensics Association national tournament held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln April 1-3. The finish by the 10-person team was two places higher than the previous two years.
Junior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, finished third in the nation in after-dinner speaking.
Senior Reid Sollberger, Spooner, advanced to the semifinals round of informative speaking.
The following students reached quarterfinal rounds: juniors Arwen Williams, Eau Claire, informative speaking and communication analysis; Barbara Ellevold, Pulaski, dramatic interpretation; and Arwen Dale, Eau Claire, informative speaking; and freshman Ben Schneider, Greendale, dramatic interpretation.
Just missing quarterfinals, sophomore Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., placed 25th in prose interpretation, and junior Jodi Becker, Germantown, finished 25th in program oral interpretation.
Karen Piercy, director of forensics, received one of two Distinguished Service Awards presented by AFA. Kelly Jo Peters, assistant director of forensics, said the award which is not presented every year is designed to honor people who have influenced the development of AFA, who have done research in the field of communications, and who support local forensics programs.
"It's an incredibly high honor to receive," Peters said.
The forensics team will compete at the National Forensics Association national tournament at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, April 13-17.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 12, 2000