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Forensics team takes Wisconsin State Tournament

RELEASED: Feb. 23, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — For the 19th year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire forensics team took first place in team sweepstakes at the Wisconsin State Tournament Feb. 18-19.

In addition to the weekend of successes, the team will send junior Patrick Martin, Burnsville, Minn., as one of two representatives for the state of Wisconsin to compete at the Interstate Oratory Contest in April at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. The contest is the oldest forensics competition in existence.

Individual results for Feb. 18-19 were:

Martin took second in persuasion, qualifying him for the Interstate Oratory Contest. He also took second in impromptu speaking, third in communication analysis, fourth in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in informative speaking.

Freshman Jarrel Montgomery, Madison, took fourth in duo interpretation along with sophomore Megan McKeown, Eagan, Minn., and fifth in the same event with junior Holly Albers, Mazeppa, Minn. Montgomery also took fifth in poetry.

Albers took first in communication analysis, third in poetry and sixth in duo interpretation, along with senior Alicia Gerber, Ringle.

McKeown took second in poetry, and fourth in program oral interpretation.

Gerber took first in prose interpretation and dramatic interpretation and second in program oral interpretation. She also took third in after-dinner speaking and fifth in informative speaking.

Junior Natalie Hunter, Vadnais Heights, Minn., took second in dramatic interpretation and fourth in poetry.

Sophomore Emily Gresbrink, Rochester, Minn., took second in prose interpretation, fifth in program oral interpretation and sixth in after-dinner speaking.

Senior Sarah Taylor, Merrill, took third in persuasion and program oral interpretation and fifth in dramatic interpretation.

Sophomore Abby Rand, Melrose, took third in dramatic interpretation and fifth in prose interpretation and persuasion.

Junior James Kust, Eau Claire, took second in communication analysis and third in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. He also took fourth in persuasion.

Senior Meghan Pickard, Eau Claire, took first in impromptu speaking and after-dinner speaking. Pickard also took second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in communication analysis.

Senior Whitney Zahn, Menomonee Falls, took third in informative speaking, fourth in communication analysis and fifth in after-dinner speaking.

In individual sweepstakes, Gerber took first, Pickard third and Martin fourth.

The team will travel to Illinois Feb. 26-27 to compete at the Mid-America Forensics League tournaments 7 and 8.

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