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St. Croix Falls HS Takes Top Honors at Forensics Tourney

FEB. 19, 2007--The annual UW-River Falls High School Forensics Tournament, held Feb. 10, saw top honors go to St. Croix Falls High School, which won first place in demonstration speaking, farrago and group interpretation. The team is coached by Peggy Ryan.

New Richmond High School, coached by Jeffrey Ayers, took second, and Baldwin-Woodville High School, coached by Roxi Wakeen, ranked third in the competition that brought more than 250 students from 15 area schools to compete in 15 public speaking and oral interpretation events. The events are the same as those offered by the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association.

The tournament was sponsored by the UWRF department of speech communication and theatre arts, the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (a national forensics honorary society), and the UWRF forensics program.

James W. Pratt, professor of speech communication and theatre arts, directs the forensics program. He was assisted by Seth Smith and Kathy Olsen, of the department of SCTA, and Steve Olsen, chair of the UWRF marketing communications program.

Individual first place prizes were awarded to:
Demonstration Speaking: Charles Schmidt, St. Croix Falls High School
Extemporaneous Speaking: Danielle Rieck, Ellsworth Senior High School
Farrago: Eric Roush, St. Croix Falls High School
Four-Minute Speaking: Jamie Knotz, Baldwin-Woodville High School
Group Interpretation: "Travel Guide," St. Croix Falls High School
Moments in History: Andy Hintzman, Menomonie High School
Oratory: Rachelle Veenstra, Baldwin-Woodville High School
Play Acting: "Lives of Waitressses," Ellsworth Senior High School
Poetry: Christin Casadecalvo, Hudson High School
Prose Interpretation: Lindsey Novitzke, New Richmond High School
Public Address: Anne Kuenzie, New Richmond High School
Radio Speaking: Katie Mortel, Baldwin-Woodville High School
Solo Acting: Emily Werner, Menomonie High School
Special Occasion Speaking: Ashley Marks, DeSoto High School
Storytelling: Ali Branscombe, Ellsworth Senior High School

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