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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Competes at AFL National Individual Events Tournament

RELEASED: April 7, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed 13th at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. The tournament was hosted April 1-4 by the University of Florida-Gainesville campus.

Six UW-Eau Claire students traveled to participate in 30 events at the tournament. A total of 96 schools competed in the event.

Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed 17th in individual sweepstakes. To be considered for individual sweepstakes, the competitor must be participating in at least four events.

Conklin was also selected to be a member of the AFA-NIET All-American Team. To be an All-American, Conklin had to have a grade-point average of 3.5, be a graduating senior, have outstanding forensics successes and have a lengthy community service record. In addition, he also had to be nominated, approved by the district committee and then voted on by the national committee.

UW-Eau Claire forensics advisor Karen Morris said that it is a well-deserved honor for Conklin.

Junior Christine Zani, Hurley, was chosen as a co-chair to represent students on the AFA-NIET Executive Council. She will travel to the National Communication Association Convention in November to represent the students at the AFA-NIET fall meeting and then again at next year's AFA Tournament in Mankato.

Morris said Zani's position on the executive board is quite an honor.

"I don't believe UW-Eau Claire has ever had a student representative," Morris said. "Christine will do an amazing job in this role."

The following students made it to the quarterfinals in AFA-NIET:

Sophomore Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, in program oral interpretation; junior Amy Oldakowski, Sobieski, in communication analysis; Zani in communication analysis; and Conklin in dramatic interpretation.

Zani made it to the semifinals in informative speaking.

Conklin made it to finals, placing fourth in the nation in impromptu speaking and sixth in the national in after-dinner speaking.

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