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Area High School Students Participate in Speech Tourney

FEB. 17, 2006--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls department of speech communication and theatre arts and the University's forensics program hosted the annual high school speech tournament Feb. 11.

Some 300 student competitors from 20 area high schools competed in 15 speech events throughout the morning.

Overall, New Richmond High School took first place, with Ellsworth Senior High taking second and River Falls High School placing third.

First-place winners in individual events were: Melissa Mohn, Baldwin-Woodville, in demonstration speaking; Liz Lampman, Hudson, in extemporaneous speaking; Lindsey Wheeler, River Falls, in Farrago; Chelsey Kobs, New Richmond, in four-minute speech; "World Weekly News," Alma, in group interpretation; Tyler Mattson, Ellsworth, in moments in history; Stacie Freeborn, River Falls, in oratory; tied for first place in play acting were "Misreadings," Ellsworth, and "Help Wanted," Osceola; Mary Ryan, St. Croix Falls, in oral interpretation of poetry; Hannah Amundson, New Richmond, in oral interpretation of prose; Andrea Scheder, New Richmond, in public address; Adam Vircks, Ellsworth, in radio speaking; tied for first place in solo acting were Sarah Anderson, Amery, and Heather Ferkans, Elmwood; Emily Genco, River Falls, in special occasion speech; Valerie Nelson, McDonell, in storytelling.

The tournament was sponsored by the UW-RF chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, the national honorary forensics society.   Adam Helbach, a senior speech communications major from Brule, Wis., is president of DSR-TKA. James 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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