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Blugold forensics does it again

Being known for as one of the top forensics program in the nation is not something we take lightly here at UWEC. Each year our forensics students compete in national, state, and local tournaments. The team attends very prestigious tournaments such as the American Forensic Association National Individual Event Tournament (AFA-NIET).

The UWEC Forensics team took 8 students who qualified to the AFA-NIET hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville on April 1-4, 2016. The team placed 17th in the Nation at this prestigious tournament by earning 94.5 sweepstakes points. 

Here are some highlights from this tournament:

  • Senior Jake Wrasse was 25th in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Sophomore Sydney Tupy was a Semi-Finalist in Dramatic Interpretation (top 12 in the nation)
  • Senior Jake Wrasse was selected as a member of the AFA-NIET All American Team (one of 17 seniors whose academic and forensics success coupled with their community leadership represent the cream of the crop of this organization)
  • Assistant Director of Forensics Kelly Jo Wright was awarded the 2016 AFA-NIET Distinguished Service Award.


Then the team went off to the National Forensic Association (NFA) National Championship, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on April 14-18, where they took 12th place in the nation. UWEC qualified 53 slots for this tournament and competed against schools with up 124 slots to win one of the top 15 team trophies awarded at this tournament. 

In addition to bringing home this team trophy based on points received on ranking in preliminary rounds, we also had two students advance to Semi-finals:

  • Jake Wrasse in Impromptu Speaking (one of the top 12 impromptu speakers in the nation).
  • Elijah Freeman in Persuasion (one of the top 12 persuasive speakers in the nation).

The NFA community is very excited to be coming to UWEC next year for this Nationals (April 13-17). 


For more information on the forensics team, contact forensics director, Karen Morris, 715-836-3305.