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March 30, 2001


High School Forensics Tournament Winner Told

By Jolene Bracy
UW-RF News Bureau

Over 300 students from 17 Wisconsin high schools participated in the UW-River Falls Invitational Speech Tournament held recently on campus.

Hudson High School won first place school sweepstakes honors. Craig Lewis, director of the Hudson speech program, is an alumnus of UW-RF.

Second place was awarded to St. Croix Falls High School, coached by Sue Voskamp. Third-place honors went to Baldwin-Woodville High School, coached by Paul Hambleton.

High schools participating in the contest were: Tomah, Spring Valley, St. Croix Central, New Richmond, Pepin, Elk Mound, Mondovi, Baldwin-Woodville, Ellsworth, Hudson, St. Croix Falls, Prescott, River Falls, Somerset, Plum City, Chippewa and Cumberland.

The UW-RF chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national honorary forensics society, sponsored the event. UW-RF sophomore Justin Swanson, an agronomy major from St. Croix Falls, is the president of the fraternal organization. The tournament director was Professor James W. Pratt, department of speech communications and theatre arts. Director of Forensics at UW-RF is Instructor Kathleen Olsen, also in the department of speech communications and theatre arts.

Here are the winners in each category, listed by hometown.

Baldwin-Woodville: Tiffany Bauer, first in demonstration speaking; Danielle Mabis, fifth in four-minute; Anna Buechter, first in oratory; Ben Nelson, fourth in demonstration; Dan Zielinski, third in solo acting; Mariah Evin, fifth in storytelling; Amanda Heebink, fifth in oratory.

Cumberland: Stephanie Brown, first in four-minute; Paul Lexen, fourth in four-minute; Jared Lee, first in radio, and Jannelle Ruppel, fifth in radio.

Elk Mound: Erica Andrist, first in storytelling ; Angie Hanson, second in prose; Jess McCullough, second in poetry; Courtney Harrison, third in poetry; Anne Suechting, fifth in poetry .

Ellsworth: Third place in group interpretation for "Breaking the Ice" and fifth in playacting for "Reduced Shakespeare." Val Larsen, third for oratory; Anna Pazdenick, third, and Mary Larson, fourth, both in storytelling.

Hudson: First, second and fifth in group interpretation, for "Trever & Gretle," "Snow Emergency" and "Meeting Famous People." Playacting groups placed second and third for "Communication Problems" and "As I Sat Typing." Nancy Simpson placed third in extemporaneous; Libby Harris, second in storytelling; Lisa Huftel, second in four-minute and third in Farrago; Maddy Krizek, second in four-minute; Ben Burns second in public address and fourth in radio; Ryan Johnson, fourth in moments in history; Alyssa Wood, fifth in special occasion.

Mondovi: Rachel Ring, third in demonstration.

New Richmond: First in group playacting, for "Guarantee." Abby Buell, first in prose; Maria Mitchell, second in farrago; Sadie Harmon, fifth in farrago.

Pepin: Jessi Erickson, first in special occasion speech and Eric Evanson, second in demonstration.

Plum City: Patricia Sanders, fourth in poetry.

Prescott: Fourth place in playacting for "Oreos and Noserings." Jeanette Brickner, fourth place in extemporaneous; Dorci Thompson, second in moments in history; Amber Watterson, third in moments in history.

River Falls: Holly Sponsler, second in solo acting; Lauren Koshere, second, Ashley Williams, third, and Erin Popelka, fourth, all in special occasion.

St. Croix Central: Beth Polen, first in farrago; Nick Samelstad, fifth in demonstration; Abbie Williams, first in poetry and David Hansen, fifth in prose.

St. Croix Falls: Scott Andrew, first in extemporaneous; Angie Springer, second in extemporaneous; Candi Leach, first in public address second in oratory; Valarie Sabel, fourth in oratory; Dan Van Eps, third in prose; Alison Julik, fourth in prose; Maria Swenson, second in radio; Dietrich Scharfenberg, third in radio; Scott Longpre, first, Lisa Spengler, fourth, and Ian Hinck, fifth, all in solo acting.

Tomah: Cassie Thiel, first in moments in history; Jessie Schroeder, tied for fifth in poetry.


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