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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Hosts Lovefest,
Takes Third Place at Red Hawk Invitational

RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team hosted Wisconsin Lovefest Feb. 14-15 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The event consisted of the Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament, hosted by the UW-Eau Claire forensics team on Feb. 14, and the Red Hawk Invitational, hosted by Ripon College on Feb. 15.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team offered valentines to competitors and coaches for a $1 donation. Additionally, tournament participants nominated people for Love King and Queen and voted on the top three nominees for a penny a vote. Just over $500 was raised and donated to the Bolton Refuge House.

"I truly believe, when we can, that forensics should give back to the community, and the Lovefest is just one of the many forensics tournaments that allow us to do so," said UW-Eau Claire director of forensics Karen Morris.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team place third overall in the Feb. 15 Red Hawk Invitational. The individual results are as follows:

Junior Nick Miller, Hales Corners, placed first in communication analysis, qualifying for that event in the National Forensic Association tournament.

Senior Jake Johnson, Eau Claire, placed second in editorial impromptu speaking, fourth in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for NFA, and fourth in individual sweepstakes.

Freshman Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed third in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for NFA.

Senior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, placed third in communication analysis.

Sophomore Sarah Taylor, Merrill, placed fourth in persuasion and fifth in duo interpretation along with sophomore Alicia Gerber, Ringle.

Freshman James Kust, Eau Claire, placed fourth in impromptu speaking.

Junior Kindra Kressin, Champion, Neb., placed fourth in prose interpretation.

Junior Emily Schreiner, Wausau, placed fifth in after-dinner speaking, qualifying for NFA.

Sophomore Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed sixth in persuasion, qualifying for NFA, and seventh in extemporaneous speaking.

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