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NRHS forensics team wins its own invitational

The New Richmond High School forensic team swiped first place at its own tournament held Feb. 16 at New Richmond High School.

The team earned 49 sweepstakes points over second place finishers St. Croix Central and Prescott, who earned 31 points, respectively. Thirty-eight students participated for the team, and out of 45 entries, 23 placed in the top five in various categories.

This was the team's first action since a practice tournament at Ellsworth on Feb. 2, and first competitive tournament since its second place finish at UW-Stout on Jan. 24, so the team was hungry - and ready.

Of 15 categories, the team took first in five.

Senior power led the way for the team, with Anne Kuenzie continuing her winning ways in Four Minute Speaking and taking first place for the second straight tournament. Andrea Scheder also won her second straight tournament in Public Address, and Ashley Umlauf stole first place in Moments in History, her first top finish of the season.

Sophomores acted in kind, with Jackson Scott surprising the field, placing first in Poetry, a category he had never competed in before. Stellar sophomore Julia Briztius took the prestigious first place award in Prose, and Scott placed just behind her with a second in the same category.

Other second place finishers included senior Devin Graff in Farrago, freshman Katie Kaine in Special Occasion, and sophomore Jenna Leahy in Four Minute Speaking.

Other notable finishes included two third place finishes for Julie Bruner in Demonstration Speaking and Oratory; third place for Juliette Marth in Four Minute Speaking; and third place for Kelsey Macomber in Special Occasion.

Fourth place finishers include senior Nikki Goodrich in Farrago; seniors Carrie Hubler and Jessica Dahlquist in Play Acting; senior Emily Deiss in Prose; junior Maria Nelson in Radio Speaking; and junior Hai Nguyen in Oratory.

Rounding out the award winners with fifth place finishes included the following: senior Jessica Dahlquist in Moments in History; senior Nikki Goodrich in Prose; senior Ashley Umlauf in Radio Speaking, and freshman Valerie Bruner in Storytelling.

The team will be in action again on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Baldwin-Woodville, hosting a subdistrict competition at home on March 3, traveling to Prescott on March 15, and then moving on to Hudson on March 29 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 18-19.