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Forensics team sets school records at state competition

The New Richmond Forensics team participated in the State Forensics meet on Friday,April 11, at the UW-Madison campus. The team set many records at the meeting, including bringing home 12 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals. (Submitted photo)

The New Richmond High School State Forensics Team is nothing short of amazing. Twenty-seven students, making up 24 entries, qualified for the State Forensics competition on Friday, April 11, at the UW-Madison campus.

“There is not one student on this year's state team that I would not claim as my own,” Forensics coach Danette Tellijohn said. “I am so incredibly proud of their achievements, conduct and awesome talent.”

The students earned a record-setting 12 gold medals, eight silver medals and seven bronze medals.

Student scores and categories are are as follows:

-- Gold Medal Winners: Christian Martin, Radio, perfect score of 25; Ally Halonen, Four- Minute, perfect score of 25; Jake Postma, Four-Minute, perfect score of 25; Brenna Connolly, Four-Minute, perfect score of 25; Carly Ferguson, Prose, perfect score of 25; Tanner Yehlik, Radio, perfect score of 25; Breelyn Karno, Farrago, perfect score of 25; Gus Franchere, Prose, perfect score of 25; Jacob Orr, Solo-Acting, perfect score of 25; Melissa Graham, Group Interpretation, perfect score of 25; Emily Miller, Group Interpretation, perfect score of 25; Mikayla Gefeke, Solo-Acting, perfect score of 25.

-- Silver Medal Winners: Mya Ennis, Special Occasion, score of 23; Josie Bessac, Demonstration, score of 23; Steph Nelson, Oratory, score of 24; Caleb Medchill, Radio, score of 24; Abby Martin, Prose, score of 24; Emily Kukacka, Prose, score of 24; Franki Wood, Poetry, score of 23; Madeline Melby, Farrago, score of 23.

-- Bronze Medal winners included: Aaron Tenner, Extemporaneous, score of 22; Madeline Kestner, Special Occasion, score of 21; Ali Ziemer, Solo-Acting, score of 21; Laura Chwialkowski, Solo-Acting, score of 22; Hailey Bessac, Play-Acting, a score of 22; Allie Hassler, Play-Acting, score of 22; and Isabella Kilibarda, Play-Acting, score of 22.

Submitted by the NRHS Forensics team, compiled by Jordan Willi

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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