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UW-Eau Claire Junior Forensics Student
Places Sixth in Nation at IOC

RELEASED: May 8, 2008

Eric Plantenberg
Eric Plantenberg

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics student Eric Plantenberg, a junior from Monroe, represented Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest April 24-26 at the state capitol in Madison.

Plantenberg placed sixth in the nation with a strong performance in the semi-finals and in the finals. He competed against 88 individuals representing 35 states.

"We are so proud of him for this achievement," said forensics director Karen Morris. "For being one of the top competitors in the state for persuasive speaking, he was chosen as one of two people to represent the state of Wisconsin."

UW-Eau Claire had many alumni return to help host and judge. Special assistant to the chancellor and executive director of University Communications Mike Rindo judged the IOC for his first time.

"Interstate Oratory represented the pinnacle of collegiate persuasive speaking when I represented UW-Eau Claire during the 1970s, and I was pleased to see that remains true today," said Rindo. "The competition was both inspiring and impressive. The semi-final round I judged was closely contested and all the speakers were truly outstanding."

The final round, held in the Assembly Parlor, was judged by Larry Meiller from Wisconsin Public Radio; Don Mash, vice president of administration for UW System; State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout; Zach Schultz, NBC 15 reporter for Madison; and Andrea Beers, vice president for the Middleton Jaycees.

The IOC, the oldest intercollegiate persuasive speaking competition in existence, celebrated its 136th anniversary.

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