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March 5, 2004

UW-RF High School Forensic Tournament Results Told

Eighteen area high schools participated in the annual forensics tournament held Saturday, Feb. 14, at UW-River Falls.

Some 350 students from Wisconsin and Minnesota competed in 15 events. Menomonie High School earned first place honors in the sweepstakes contest under the direction of Christina Denzer. St. Croix Falls High School, directed by Peggy Ryan, took second place honors. Third place went to Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, led by Jason Meyer.

In group events, Menomonie High School took first place in both group interpretation and playacting.

First place winners in individual events were: Kelley Broughton, Menomonie, in demonstration speaking; Eli Lewien, Ellsworth, in extemporaneous speaking; Nicole Fontanille, St. Croix Falls, in Farrago; Val Sabel, St. Croix Falls, in four-minute speech; Tarra Spearman, Hudson, in moments in history; Jeanna Kadlec, Menomonie, in oratory; Bjorn Chinander, St. Croix Falls, in oral interpretation of poetry; Amanda Stevenson, Menomonie; Connie Wang, Eden Prairie, Minn.; and Nick Dennis, Eden Prairie, Minn., three-way tie for first place in oral interpretation of prose; Elise Pfaltzgraff, St. Croix Falls, in public address; Mike Mathison, Cumberland, in radio speaking; Tyler Kauffmann, Ellsworth, in solo acting; Ericka Leahy, New Richmond, in special occasion speech; Whitney Starkey, Eden Prairie, Minn., in storytelling.

The tournament is sponsored by the UW-RF chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national honorary forensics society. Sarah McRoberts, a senior English and history education major from Valley City, N.D., is president of DSR-TKA. James W. Pratt, UW-RF professor of speech communications and theatre arts, served as tournament director and was assisted by Kathleen Olsen, director of forensics at UW-RF.


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