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UW-RF Hosts High School Forensics Tourney

Eighteen area high schools participated in the annual forensics tournament held Saturday, Feb. 8 at UW-River Falls.

More than 300 students from Wisconsin and Minnesota competed in 15 events. St. Croix Falls (Wis.) High School earned first place honors in the sweepstakes contest under the direction of Peggy Ryan. Chaska (Minn.) High School, directed by Kari Fahey, took second place honors. Third place went to Chippewa Falls (Wis.) High School, coached by Dawn Loose.

In group events, first-place went to Saint Croix Falls for group interpretation and Chaska for play-acting.

First-place winners in the individual events were: Anna Pazdernik, Ellsworth, Wis., in demonstration speaking; Jeanette Brickner, Prescott, Wis., in extemporaneous speaking; Nicole Fontinalle, St. Croix Falls, in Farrago; Hillary Hunter, Prescott, in four-minute speech; Allie Baczynski, New Richmond, Wis., in moments in history; Michelle Farley, Chippewa Falls, in oratory; Abby Williams, St. Croix Central High School, Hammond, Wis. in oral interpretation of poetry; Shereen Al-Jaff, Chaska, in oral interpretation of prose; Ashley Schafer, Onalaska, Wis., in public address; Iryna Stakhur, Chippewa Falls, in solo acting; Ryan Kalmoe, St. Croix Falls, in radio speaking and special occasion speech; Maya Handan, Chaska, in storytelling.

The tourney is sponsored by the UW-RF chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national honorary forensics society. Marci Brenner, an English education major from Durand,Wis., is president of DSR-TKA. James W. Pratt, 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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