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Blugolds forensics team among top in nation

Blugolds again found success on the national stage as the UW-Eau Claire forensics team and individual members earned high honors in the national championships.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire team finished eighth in the nation in the team sweepstakes, an impressive accomplishment given 81 teams competed in the five-day National Forensics Association national championships competition, said Karen Morris, director of forensics.

Jake Wrasse, a junior from Durand, placed fourth in the nation in impromptu speaking, and was a semi-finalist in persuasion speaking. Alex Brown, a junior from Saint Michael, Minnesota, was a semi-finalist in extemporaneous speaking.  

While happy with the team's success in the competition, Morris also was excited to share news about another win — UW-Eau Claire won the bid to host the NFA championship in April 2017.

"What a great way to bring our alumni home to judge at this nationals for the UW-Eau Claire centennial," Morris said of the national competition that will be held on campus as the university celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

During this year's national championships, Morris also was elected president of the National Forensics Association. She is the association's first new president in 20 years.

UW-Eau Claire's forensics program has been among the top programs of its kind for decades, with the team winning 31 consecutive state championships and routinely finding success on the national level. 

The strength of the program is bringing students like Wrasse to UW-Eau Claire. 

"I only applied to one university, and I chose UW-Eau Claire because of the experiences I'd had with its forensics team as a high school student and my desire to compete at a collegiate level," said Wrasse, a native of Durand. "If it weren't for the UW-Eau Claire forensics team, I would have never ended up at this university and experienced everything it has to offer."

For more information on the UW-Eau Claire forensics team, visit its website or contact Karen Morris at morriskr@uwec.edu or 715-836-3305