Forensics team grabs second at tournament
On Saturday, Feb. 14, the New Richmond High School forensic team placed second in its first big test of the season in a competitive 11-team tournament held at Menomonie High School, being edged out by only the tournament host, Menonomonie.
Twenty-four students participated for the team, and out of 39 entries, 17 placed in the top five in various categories.
Individual highlights were abundant.
Sophomore Valerie Bruner placed first in Solo Acting for her second straight championship in that category. In addition, senior Julie Bruner took second in Demonstration Speaking and fourth place in Oratory. Likewise, senior Maria Nelson placed second in Moments in History and third in Public Address.
As a sign of the future, freshman Sarah L'Allier took home second in Storytelling, as did fellow freshman Ellen Junko in Prose. Junior Carrie Palmer also placed second in Public Address.
Third place finishes went to senior Hai Nguyen in Oratory, senior Krista Brusewitz in Farrago, senior Ben Matthys in Special Occasion, and sophomore Angela Tenner in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Rounding out award finishers included the following: sophomore Katie Kaine with a fourth place finish in Public Address; junior Jenna Leahy with a fifth place finish in Four Minute Speaking; sophomores Val Thorson, Andrea Kerr, and Julia Barbian with a fifth place finish in Group Interpretation; sophomore Graycee Lindell with a fifth place finish in Solo Acting; and freshman Bailey Matthys with a fifth place finish in Moments in History.
The team's next action is at home as it hosts its annual NRHS Tournament on Feb. 21. The team then travels to Baldwin-Woodville on Feb. 28, attends a subdistrict competition at Ellsworth on March 2, travels to Prescott on March 14, and then moves on to Hudson on March 28 for the district competition. Two of the last three competitions on the schedule will determine who qualifies for the state competition held in Madison April 17-18.
Although Coach Jeff Ayer and Assistant Coach Danette Tellijohn predicted a rebuilding year, upperclassmen and new members alike are continuing a not-so-new tradition of excellence, as the team looks to extend its streak to four in WHSFA Excellence in Speech Awards to cap the season.