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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Places
10th in Nation at NFA Tournament

RELEASED: May 2, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team placed 10th in the nation at the National Forensics Association National Tournament held at Tennessee State University in Nashville April 17-22.

After competing against 1,000 competitors and coaches from 88 different schools, the UW-Eau Claire team finished with impressive results, said Karen Morris, head coach and director of forensics at UW-Eau Claire.

"The NFA tournament is the culmination of the forensics year. Its what we work for from August all the way to April," said sophomore BJ Pickard, Eau Claire. "For me to go there, to entertain and to be recognized for my talents and abilities is such a great honor . I cant imagine a better group of people to share such successes with."

Following are the UW-Eau Claire competitors' individual results from the NFA tournament:

Finalists were Pickard, who took second place for biographical informative speaking; sophomore Nick Miller, Hales Corners, who took sixth place in biographical informative speaking; and senior Hilary Rasmussen, Eau Claire, who placed sixth in prose interpretation.

Rasmussen was a semifinalist in informative speaking.

Quarterfinalists were Rasmussen in dramatic interpretation; junior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, in persuasion and rhetorical criticism; and Miller in persuasion.

"We had such a young team this year," said Morris. "Hilary did an amazing job as our only senior leading this novice team to their 10th place finish."

Additionally, sophomore Jake Johnson, Mondovi, was elected by the team to serve as the NFA national student representative. Johnson will serve the national organization for two years as the voice of the students.

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