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UW-RF Takes 3rd In State Speech Tournament

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls speech team took the 3rd place finish at the tournament at UW-Whitewater in February, with one member taking home an individual state championship. Last year the team ranked 4th, making this year's ranking the best the team has done in recent years.

Marci Brenner, a junior English education major from Durand, Wis., won the individual state championship in dramatic interpretation and earned second place in prose interpretation. This marks her third statewide championship including her first state championship while in sixth grade and a second while in high school. Brenner is now qualified for three events at the National AFA Tournament at the University of Mississippi in April.

Renee Schott, a sophomore animal science major from Greenleaf, Wis., participated in four final rounds. She took fourth place in dramatic interpretation, fifth in poetry and sixth place in communication analysis and informative speaking.

Sarah McRoberts, a junior English education major from Valley City, N. D., also participated in four final rounds. She has followed in her parent's legacy, as they also competed on the speech team while students at UW-River Falls. McRoberts placed fifth in three categories: dramatic interpretation, impromptu speaking and program oral interpretation, and placed sixth in oratory. She attended the Novice National Tournament at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., March 1 and placed second in sales impromptu, fourth in persuasion and seventh in prose. She placed 8th in all around speaker.

The speech team tied for second place in team sweepstakes at the novice tourney as well. Kathleen Olsen of the Speech and Theatre Department is advisor to the UW-RF team.

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