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UW-RF Hosts HS Forensics Tourney

By Molly Exner
UW-RF News Bureau
MARCH 4, 2005--Fourteen area high schools participated in the annual forensics tournament held Saturday, Feb. 12, at UW-River Falls.

Some 250 students from Wisconsin competed in 15 events. New Richmond High School earned first place honors in the sweepstakes contest. Ellsworth High School and St. Croix Falls High School tied for second and third place honors.

In group events, Alma High School took first place in group interpretation and Ellsworth took first place in play-acting.

First-place winners in individual events were: Brenna Martens, St. Croix Falls, in demonstration speaking; Danielle Rieck, Ellsworth, in extemporaneous speaking; Tim Cochrane, McDonell, in Farrago; Katie Gharrity, New Richmond, in four-minute speech; Pat Gallichio, McDonell, in moments in history; Olivia Bulava, Augusta, in oratory; Megan Cox-Shannon, New Richmond, in oral interpretation of poetry; Alicia Britton, Baldwin-Woodville, in oral interpretation of prose; Elise Pfaltzgraff, St. Croix Falls, in public address; Sophia Grimm, Ellsworth, in solo acting; Ryan Stark, St. Croix Falls, in special occasion speech; and Rachel Kerr, New Richmond, in radio speaking and storytelling.

The UW-RF Forensics Team sponsored the tournament. 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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