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UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team Wins State Championship for 17th Year

RELEASED: March 3, 2009

Members of the UW-Eau Claire forensics team that brought home the Wisconsin Forensics State Championship include (left to right) Katie Nichols, Natalie Hunter, BJ Pickard, Laura Magnusson, Whitney Zahn, Eric Plantenburg, Emily Schreiner, Alicia Gerber, Sarah Taylor, Nick Miller, Justin Rudnick, Dylan Jambrek, James Kust, Jake Johnson and Meghan Pickard.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team brought home the Wisconsin Forensics State Championship for the 17th year in a row. The tournament was held Feb 20-21 in Menomonie.

Members of the forensics team will represent Wisconsin at the Interstate Oratory Contest in April at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Each state is allowed two representatives in this prestigious contest. To become a Wisconsin representative at IOC, a contestant must place first or second in oratory at the state competition.

Senior Eric Plantenberg, Monroe, placed first in oratory and will represent Wisconsin for the second time at IOC. Junior Emily Schreiner, Wausau, placed second in oratory and will join Plantenberg for her first IOC. For 16 of the last 17 years, both Wisconsin IOC representatives have come from UW-Eau Claire.

Individual results from the state tournament are as follows:

Plantenberg also placed first in dramatic interpretation, second in individual sweepstakes, second in duo interpretation with senior Justin Rudnick, Stanley, and third in informative speaking.

Rudnick placed first in individual sweepstakes, first in communication analysis, second in informative speaking, second in program oral interpretation and fourth in poetry interpretation.

Junior Dylan Jambrek, Waukesha, placed first in after-dinner speaking, second in communication analysis, third in extemporaneous speaking and third in individual sweepstakes.

Sophomore Sarah Taylor, Merrill, placed first in program oral interpretation, fifth in duo interpretation with sophomore Alicia Gerber, Ringle, and sixth in after-dinner speaking.

Gerber placed second in prose interpretation, qualifying her for that event in the National Forensic Association tournament; fourth in after-dinner speaking; fourth in dramatic interpretation; and fourth in individual sweepstakes.

Junior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, placed first in informative speaking and second in after-dinner speaking.

Senior Katie Nichols, Pembine, placed first in prose interpretation and second in poetry interpretation.

Schreiner placed second in communication analysis.

Junior Nick Miller, Hales Corners, placed second in extemporaneous speaking, fourth in informative speaking and fourth in communication analysis.

Junior BJ Pickard, Eau Claire, placed third in dramatic interpretation and third in duo interpretation with freshman Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Hunter also placed third in poetry interpretation.

Sophomore Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed fourth in oratory, fifth in informative speaking and fifth in extemporaneous speaking.

Junior Laura Magnusson, Apple Valley, Minn., placed fourth in program oral interpretation.

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

Junior Jake Johnson, Eau Claire, placed fifth in after-dinner speaking.



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