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NOV. 22, 2005--Three University of Wisconsin-River Falls students placed at the 30 th annual forensics tournament held on campus in October.

The tournament included two preliminary rounds plus finals in 11 individual events, including prose, dramatic duo, extemporaneous speaking, after-dinner speaking, communication analysis, persuasive speaking and others as well as parliamentary debate.

Kelly Aherns, an English major from New Richmond, Wis., placed 6 th in informative speaking. Aherns presented an original, factual speech on a real subject to fulfil the general aim to inform the audience.

Adam Helbach, a speech communications major from Brule, Wis., placed 3 rd in dramatic interpretation. This event includes the student representing one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit from screen, stage or radio.

Melissa Lutes, a pre-professional major from Apple Valley, placed 6 th in persuasive speaking. She presented an original speech designed to inspire, reinforce or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience.

Other UW-RF students who participated in the tournament included: Brooke Eglinton, a speech communications major from Caledonia, Minn.; Dee Burce, an agricultural education major from Alma, Wis.; Muchero Mudzonga, a marketing communications major from River Falls; and Livia Johnson, a pre-professional major from Onamia, Minn.

Participating schools includes Bethel University; Concordia College, which placed 1 st in the school sweepstakes; Gustavus Adolphus College; Northwestern College; South Dakota State University; UW-Eau Claire; UW-Madison, which placed 3 rd in the school sweepstakes; UW-Stout; St. Benedicts/St. John's College; and Warburg College, which placed 2 nd in the school sweepstakes.

Speech faculty Jim Pratt and Kathy Olsen are co-directors of the forensics program at UW-RF.


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