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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team
Finishes Semester with Eventful Weekend
MAILED: Dec. 16, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team had an eventful long weekend, December 6-10, as the team traveled to three tournaments around the Midwest.
Some team members participated in the University of Wisconsin-Stout tournament on Friday, others traveled to Ohio for the Ohio Frolic Swing tournament over the weekend, and after returning home, seven team members also went to Minnesota for the Twin Cites Forensics League tournament on Tuesday to finish up for the semester.
Kelly Jo Wright, assistant director of forensics, took five freshmen and one sophomore to the UW-Stout tournament, only the second college tournament for some. Individual results for that tournament are as follows:
Freshman Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed fifth in impromptu speaking.
Freshman Betsy Schroeder, Elroy, placed sixth in prose interpretation.
Freshman Katie Nutting, Wausau, and Freshman Rachel Mayasich, St Cloud, Minn., both made it to the semi-finals in prose interpretation.
Karen Morris, director of forensics, headed south and took five students to Columbus, Ohio, to compete at the Ohio State University tournament, Dec. 7, and the Otterbein tournament, Dec. 8.
“There were 39 schools present at these tournaments,” Morris said, “and these ‘upper’ classmen performed even beyond my expectations.”
Individual results for the Ohio State tournament are as follows:
Senior Ben Schneider, Greendale, placed second in after-dinner speaking and fourth in persuasive speaking, prose interpretation, and rhetorical criticism. He also won the individual sweepstakes at the tournament.
Sophomore Andy Bevernitz, Clintonville, placed first in both after-dinner speaking and informative speaking.
Sophomore Kelly Bender, New London, took first in persuasive speaking and fifth in after-dinner speaking.
Junior Brandon Buchanan, San Antonio, Texas, placed third in informative speaking.
Sophomore Dan Mc Neely, Bloomington, Minn., made it to the semi-finals in prose interpretation.
The team took third in the sweepstakes tournament as they moved on to the next portion of the swing tournament.
Individual results for the Otterbein tournament are as follows:
Schneider placed first in persuasive speaking and rhetorical criticism, second in impromptu speaking and third in prose interpretation. He also took fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Schneider won the individual sweepstakes for this tournament as well and won the overall swing individual sweepstakes.
Buchanan took second in extemporaneous speaking and third in informative speaking.
Bender placed third in persuasive speaking and fourth in informative speaking.
Bevernitz placed fifth in persuasive speaking, while Mc Neely took fifth in after-dinner speaking.
The team took second in the Otterbein tournament and finished second on the overall swing teams sweeps.
Individual results from the Twin Cities Forensics League tournament at Normandale Community College, Dec. 10, are as follows:
Mc Neely placed first in after-dinner speaking.
Bevernitz took first in informative speaking.
Buchanan placed second in informative speaking and third in impromptu speaking.
Mayasich took second in poetry interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation.
Freshman Tara Gillaspie, East Troy, took third in informative speaking, while Nutting placed third in persuasive speaking.
Sophomore Amanda Dolan, Greenfield, took fifth in informative speaking.
The team took second to Minnesota State University-Mankato in the overall tournament, finishing up their semester. The next tournament for the UW-Eau Claire forensics team will be in late January.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: December 16, 2002