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UW-Eau Claire Wins State Forensics Tournament
for 16th Consecutive Year

RELEASED: Feb. 26, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — For the 16th consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team brought home the Wisconsin State Tournament's championship trophy. The state tournament was held at UW-Whitewater on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17.

In addition to winning the tournament, junior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, will be one of two Wisconsin representatives sent to the Interstate Oratory Contest in Madison this April. The Interstate Oratory Contest is the oldest intercollegiate forensics contest in existence. Each state is allowed to send only two competitors. Plantenberg will be competing with other persuasive speakers for top honors.

According to head coach Karen Morris, UW-Eau Claire has a long history of not only attending, but placing at the IOC. This successful streak dates back to professor and forensics coach Grace Walsh. No other state team beat UW-Eau Claire while the team was under her supervision. Morris said she is proud of this year's young team of mostly freshmen and sophomores under the leadership of president Hilary Rasmussen.

"They knew going into State that there is a long tradition of winning this tournament and yet they stood up to the challenge," said Morris."Everyone that went to the tournament broke an event to final, so it truly was a group effort."

Following are the individual results from the Wisconsin State Tournament:

For her third year in a row, senior Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, placed first in the individual sweepstakes. Rasmussen took first in five events; prose, dramatic interpretation, poetry, informative speaking and program oral interpretation.

Along with junior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, Rasmussen took sixth in duo interpretation.

Sophomore Nick Miller, Hales Corners, took third in the individual sweepstakes. Miller also placed third in informative speaking and after-dinner speaking. He took fourth in dramatic interpretation, qualifying for NFA.

Miller also took first place in duo interpretation with sophomore BJ Pickard, Eau Claire, and fifth place with sophomore Laura Magnusson, Apple Valley, Minn.

Pickard also took first in after-dinner speaking, and Magnusson also placed sixth in prose.

Plantenberg placed fifth in the individual sweepstakes. He took second in oratory as well as third in both prose and rhetorical criticism.

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

Junior Justin Rudnick, Stanley, took fourth in program oral interpretation and rhetorical criticism. He also placed fifth in poetry and seventh in informative speaking.

Sophomore Dylan Jambrek, Eau Claire, placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in oratory.

Senior Katie Nichols, Eau Claire, placed fourth in oratory.

Freshman Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, took fifth in oratory and extemporaneous speaking. She also placed sixth in impromptu speaking.

Sophomore Emily Schreiner, Wausau, took fifth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in both informative speaking and rhetorical criticism.

Sophomore Kerry Nutting, Wausau, took sixth in dramatic interpretation.



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