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Forensics team takes first in state tournament

RELEASED: Feb. 23, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team took first place in the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament Feb. 19-20 at Ripon College, returning home with the team championship trophy for the 18th consecutive time.

Senior Nick Miller, Hales Corners, also qualified for the Interstate Oratory Contest, the oldest speech competition in existence, which will be held at the University of Oklahoma in April. This is the 18th year that a UW-Eau Claire student is at least one of the two representatives for the state.

Individual results are as follows:

Senior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed fifth in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.

Miller placed first in oratory, first in communication analysis, second in individual sweepstakes and fourth in impromptu. He also placed second in duo interpretation with senior Laura Magnusson, Apple Valley, Minn.

Magnusson also placed first in dramatic interpretation and individual sweepstakes, second in prose interpretation and program oral interpretation and fifth in poetry interpretation.

Senior BJ Pickard, Eau Claire, placed third in dramatic interpretation, fourth in after-dinner speaking, fifth in oratory and sixth in informative speaking.

Senior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, placed fourth in oratory and fifth in informative speaking.

Senior Emily Schreiner, Wausau, placed second in informative speaking.

Sophomore Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn., placed fourth in dramatic interpretation, fifth in prose interpretation, sixth in poetry interpretation. She also placed first in duo interpretation with junior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn.

Albers also placed first in poetry interpretation.

Senior Alicia Gerber, Ringle, placed first in program oral interpretation, second in after-dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation and third in prose interpretation and individual sweepstakes.

Junior James Kust, Eau Claire, placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking, fifth in after-dinner speaking and sixth in communication analysis.

Senior Dylan Jambrek, Waukesha, placed first in extemporaneous speaking, third in oratory and after-dinner speaking and fifth in individual sweepstakes.

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