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High school forensics team off to great start

Members of the NRHS Forensics Team who competed at the Menomonie Invitational on Feb. 8, include: (front row) Anna Tarras, Jacob Orr, Laura Chwialkowski, Emily Miller, Abby Martin, Mya Ennis,Ali Ziemer, Isabella Kilibarda and Mikayla Larson; (back row) Gus Franchiere,Aaron Tenner, Christian Martin, Carly Ferguson,Anders Faaren, Mikayla Gefeke, Hailey Bessac, Emma Shortell, Allie Hassler and Josie Bessac. (Submitted photo)

The New Richmond High School Forensics is off to a great start to the 2014 season.

With more than 40 active members participating in 15 Forensics speech categories the team was pleased to place seventh out of 16 teams at the UW-Eau Claire Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1. The team moved up in standing at the Menomonie Invitational last Saturday, Feb. 9, placing fourth out of 13 teams.

Team trophy winners for New Richmond at UW-Eau Claire were: Christian Martin, first place, Radio; Emily Miller, fourth place, Special Occasion; Madeline Kestner, third place, Special Occasion; Aaron Tenner sixth place, Extemporaneous; Ally Halonen, second place, Four Minute; and Tanner Yehlik fifth place, Radio.

Team trophy winners at Menomonie were: Hailey Bessac, Allie Hassler, Isabella Kilibarda in Play­acting, fourth place; Aaron Tenner in Extemporaneous Speaking, third place; Gus Franchiere in Prose, third place, Carly Ferguson in Prose, fourth place, Mya Ennis in Special Occasion, fourth place and Christian Martin in Radio, first place.

The team’s next tourna­ment is this coming weekend at Baldwin-Woodville High School.

New Richmond’s home tournament will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the high school and will include 14 area schools.

After New Richmond’s tournament the slate has to be cut to 25 entries to vie for sub-district competition to be held at Prairie Farm on Saturday, March 1. Many of the students are vying for let­tering points and scholarship opportunities as well as the chance to compete at State at UW-Madison on April 11-12.

The team is coached by substitute teachers Danette Tellijohn and Sarah Fastelin. Forensics is under the High School’s Athletic Department and follows the school’s athletic codes and policies for participation.

Submitted by the New Richmond High School 

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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