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Forensics Team Takes Firsts

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

DEC. 16, 2005--Students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls competed in the Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament Dec. 6 at Normandale Community College.

Members of the team nearly swept the persuasion category, taking home first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth places. The students also took first place in team sweepstakes.            

Adam Helbach, a senior speech communications major, from Brule, Wis., took first place from six judges for his prose speech.                        

Kelly Aherns, a junior English major from New Richmond, Wis., took first in her "Juvenile Justice" persuasion speech. Melissa Lutes, a sophomore pre-professional major from Apple Valley, Minn., was second in her persuasion speech titled "Earning Lost in College Students."

Nathan Hansen, a junior history major from Austin, Minn., took fourth in his persuasion speech about "Legalizing Hemp." Brooke Eglinton, a freshman speech communications major from Caledonia, Minn., was in fifth place after her persuasion speech about "Car Fires." Nicole Kearns, a high school student from Ellsworth, Wis. taking university classes in the youth options program, took sixth place in her persuasion speech about "Death with Dignity."

Eglinton took second and Kearns took third in the impromptu speech category. Aherns took second place on her informative speech about "Face Transplants."

Other students participating in the tourney included: Denise Burce, a freshman agricultural education major from Alma, Wis., and Alecia Treml, a freshman animal science major from Mauston, Wis.

For more information about forensics tournaments contact Kathleen Olsen at Kathleen.olsen@uwrf.edu .

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