Forensics team earns Excellence in Speech awardOne might not quickly associate the term “repeat” with speech competition, but that is exactly what the New Richmond High School forensics team did in winning its third straight Excellence in Speech Award at the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Speech Festival in Madison on April 18.
One might not quickly associate the term “repeat” with speech competition, but that is exactly what the New Richmond High School forensics team did in winning its third straight Excellence in Speech Award at the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) State Speech Festival in Madison on April 18.
WHSFA Executive Director Chuck Malone, in a letter dated April 23, wrote that the NRHS team has earned the “Excellence in Speech Award given annually by the (WHSFA) to the top 5 percent scoring schools competing at our Speech Festival at UW-Madison.”
With more than 4,000 students participating over the two-day event, and with 364 schools represented, the NRHS team compiled points that placed them comfortably within the top 20 teams in the state of Wisconsin for the second year in a row.
The following team members earned perfect Critic’s Choice Awards: Freshman Juliette Marth in Four Minute Speaking; Senior Ashley Umlauf in Moments in History; and Senior Emily Deiss in Prose.
The team also took home many All-State Awards, including the following: senior Anne Kuenzie in Four Minute Speaking; junior Maria Nelson in Moments in History; senior Kelsey Macomber in Oratory; junior Hai Nguyen in Oratory; senior Andrea Scheder in Public Address; freshman Katie Kaine in Special Occasion Speaking; senior Nikki Goodrich in Farrago; sophomore Krista Brusewitz in Farrago; sophomore Sarah Bygd in Farrago; senior Devin Graff in Farrago; sophomore Elise Deppe in Prose; sophomore Jackson Scott in Poetry; senior Lindsey Novitzke in Prose; and freshman Valerie Bruner in Solo Acting;
Seniors Alex Campinini-Pape and Laura Maier took home a Finalist Award in Play Acting, as did seniors Carrie Hubler and Jessica Dahlquist in Play Acting; freshman Julia Barbian in Solo Acting; junior Julie Bruner in Oratory; sophomore Jenna Leahy in Four Minute Speaking; and junior Aaron Zimmerman in Moments in History.
Rounding out award winners was sophomore Kendra Mitchell, who took home an Achievement Award.
The New Richmond team, which featured 13 seniors and 12 on the state roster, will have a bit of a youth movement next year, but stands to maintain its strength with a strong sophomore and junior class returning in 2009.