MAILED: Dec. 11, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed first, second and third in three tournaments held Dec. 1-3.
Beating 16 other schools, eight members of the UW-Eau Claire forensics team won the tournament held at UW-Stout Dec. 1-2. Sophomore Ben Schneider, Greendale, placed second in individual sweepstakes, first in impromptu speaking and dramatic interpretation, second in musical interpretation, and fifth in persuasive speaking and extemporaneous speaking.
Junior Aaron Unseth, Plato, Minn., finished first in musical interpretation and second in poetry interpretation. He also qualified for the National Forensics Association national tournament with his third-place finish in informative speaking.
Senior Jodi Becker, Germantown, took first in persuasive speaking, qualified for the NFA tournament with her second-place finish in communication analysis, and placed fourth in musical interpretation.
Junior Scott Boras, Kellogg, Minn., finished third in musical interpretation and fourth in dramatic interpretation. Freshman Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, took fourth in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking.
Six varsity members of the forensics team also traveled to Arizona for the Arizona Swing Tournament. They placed third at the Glendale Community College tournament Dec. 1, second at the Arizona State University tournament Dec. 2-3, and second in combined sweepstakes, which adds results from the two tournaments.
At Glendale Community College in Glendale, Ariz., junior Barbara Ellevold, Pulaski, placed first in dramatic interpretation, second in individual sweepstakes and informative speaking, and third in persuasive speaking. She also reached semifinals in prose interpretation.
Senior Arwen Williams, Eau Claire, qualified for the American Forensics Association national tournament with her win in informative speaking. She also took second in rhetorical criticism and third in individual sweepstakes.
Junior Eric Rasmussen, Eau Claire, won after-dinner speaking and placed fifth in rhetorical criticism. Seniors Reid Sollberger, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Arwen Dale, Eau Claire, reached semifinals in prose interpretation.
At the Arizona State University tournament in Tempe, Ariz., Ellevold finished first in dramatic interpretation and third in informative speaking and persuasive speaking.
Williams won informative speaking and placed third in rhetorical criticism. She also finished sixth in duo interpretation with Sollberger. Sollberger qualified for the NFA tournament with his fourth-place finish in rhetorical criticism, and he placed fifth in after-dinner speaking.
Rasmussen qualified for the AFA tournament with his second-place finishes in after-dinner speaking and rhetorical criticism. He also took third in prose interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation.
Junior Brian Haapala, Gurnee, Ill., placed fourth in program oral interpretation and sixth in poetry interpretation. Dale qualified for the NFA tournament with her fourth-place finish in prose interpretation.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 11, 2000