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Forensics finishes strong in
season's largest pre-nationals event

RELEASED: Nov. 11, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team traveled to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., Nov. 6-7 to attend the largest pre-nationals event of the season. This tournament, known as the L.E. Norton Tournament, hosted 45 schools, 550 participants and 1,200 speeches.

The UW-Eau Claire team placed higher at the tournament than they have in 15 years, achieving fourth place in the sweepstakes. Karen Morris, forensics team coach, said it was a notable team effort by the 15-student team.

Individual results were:

Senior Alicia Gerber, Ringle, placed as a semifinalist in prose interpretation.

Freshmen Miriam Unseth, Lester Prairie, Minn., and Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, both placed as semifinalists in novice prose interpretation.

Junior James Kust, Eau Claire, placed sixth in impromptu speaking.

Senior April Ross, Wauwatosa, and junior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn., placed as semifinalists in informative speaking. Junior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., placed third. Senior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, placed second.

Senior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, Kust, and Pickard placed as semifinalists in persuasive speaking. Martin placed first in this event.

Gerber and Albers placed as semifinalists in program oral interpretation. Taylor took second.

Sophomore Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., placed as a semifinalist in poetry interpretation. Albers took fifth place.

Martin placed second in individual sweepstakes.

The UW-Eau Claire forensics team will next attend the Wisconsin Swing Tournament hosted by UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater Nov. 20-21.

For more information, contact Karen Morris, director of the forensics program, at 715-836-3305 or



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