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UW-Eau Claire Places Sixth in Recent National Forensics Association Tournament

RELEASED: April 24, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed sixth in the National Forensics Association National Tournament held April 13-17 on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Senior Chris Conklin, Green Bay, placed 12th in individual sweepstakes. UW-Eau Claire director of forensics and senior lecturer in communication and journalism Karen Morris also received an award at the competition. Morris, who received one of three NFA Distinguished Service Awards, said she was extremely honored to win such a prestigious national award.

Two UW-Eau Claire alumni received additional honors at NFA. Mitchell Fay '82, and Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest '92, Rhinelander/Winona, Minn., were both inducted into the NFA Hall of Fame. Fay was inducted into the 1981-85 Hall of Fame class, and Rahoi-Gilchrest was inducted into the 1991-95 Hall of Fame class.

Following are the individual results from NFA:

Quarterfinalists were junior Amy Oldakowski, Sobieski, in communication analysis and informative speaking; senior Christine Zani, Hurley, in communication analysis; senior Abby Czeskleba, Middleton, in communication analysis; Conklin in prose interpretation and after-dinner speaking; and senior Betsy Schroeder, Le Center, Minn., in persuasive speaking.

Semifinalists were Zani in informative speaking and Conklin in extemporaneous speaking and persuasive speaking.

Conklin made it to finals, placing third in the nation in impromptu speaking.

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