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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Earns
First Place Honors at Feb. 10 Event

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Forensics team placed first in team sweepstakes at the Feb. 10 Red Hawk Invitational hosted by Ripon College on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

Individual results of the Red Hawk Invitational are as follows:

Sophomore BJ Pickard, Eau Claire, took first overall in individual sweepstakes. Pickard placed first in persuasion, qualifying for American Forensics Association, as well as second in after-dinner speaking. The National Forensics Association created a new experimental event — biographical informative speaking — and Pickard took second place.

Sophomore Nick Miller, Hales Corners, placed third overall in individual sweepstakes. He took first in biographical informative speaking and fourth in persuasion. Miller also placed second in dramatic duo with Pickard, and took fourth with sophomore Laura Magnusson, Apple Valley, Minn., qualifying for NFA.

Junior Justin Rudnick, Stanley, placed fifth overall in individual sweepstakes. He took first in poetry, qualifying for NFA. He also placed fourth in program oral interpretation and sixth in persuasion.

Sophomore Emily Schreiner, Wausau, qualified for NFA by taking fourth place in after-dinner speaking. She also placed fifth in rhetorical criticism.

Sophomore Jake Johnson, Mondovi, placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking and informative speaking.

Senior Hillary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, qualified for NFA by taking second in prose.

Junior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, placed second in rhetorical criticism, qualifying for AFA.

The Wisconsin LoveFest forensics event was held at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 9-10.

The Red Hawk Invitational was one of two tournaments held at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 9-10, an event called Wisconsin LoveFest. On Feb. 9, the UW-Eau Claire team hosted the Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament. When a team is hosting, they do not compete. Seventeen schools attended the two-day tournament.

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