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April 19, 2002

UW-RF Forensics Team Wins National Championship

By Khrysten Darm
UW-RF News Bureau

A two-member UW-River Falls Forensics Team won the Team National Championship at the National Speech Tournament, held March 14-17 in Kansas City, Mo.

Marci Brenner, a sophomore from Durand majoring in English education, and Renee Schott, a freshman from Greenleaf majoring in animal science, composed the team.

Brenner competed in dramatic interpretation, prose interpretation, informative speaking and poetry interpretation, making it to the final round in three events. Overall, Brenner took fifth place in prose interpretation, fourth place in informative speaking, fifth place in poetry interpretation and seventh place in dramatic interpretation.

Schott competed in persuasion, program oral interpretation, prose interpretation, impromptu speaking and impromptu sales. While Schott did not make it to the final round, she received 13th place in prose interpretation, 13th place in impromptu sales and 11th place in persuasive speaking.

Together, the two students compiled enough points to win the team sweepstakes in the preliminary and final rounds. The way the point system works is that the team with the most points wins.

Competing schools had up to six students participating, while UW-RF only had two. Although there are 29 students on the UW-RF Forensics Team that competed in more than one tournament, Lecturer Kathy Olsen, who is director of the team, said there was not enough money to take everyone to Kansas City. The decision was made to take the two students who had been the most active members.

"Marci and Renee both compete well and they are good at what they do," she said. "It also helped that they competed in four to five events each."

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