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New Richmond High School's forensics team has done it again. The group was awarded their sixth consecutive Excellence in Speech award.

"For a high school to win this award once is unbelievable but six straight years in a row is almost unheard of," said Danette Tellijohn, forensics advisor.

The award is given to schools ranking in the top 5 percent at the speech festival in Madison. This year 17 schools were awarded an Excellence in Speech award.

Tellijohn said she received a letter from from State Forensics Association telling her of the award. Here's what the letter said:

"Congratulations! You and your Forensic team have earned the prestigious 'Excellence in Speech Award' given annually by the WHSFA to the top 5 percent scoring schools competing at our Speech Festival at UW-Madison. WHSFA has been sponsoring speech competition in the State of Wisconsin for 116 years. This year 4,868 students qualified to compete at Madison and they represented 357 school districts. Your students have compiled enough points to be recognized as an outstanding speech program."

New Richmond was awarded 18 gold medals at this year's state festival.

Gold medalists, which requires a perfect score of 25, included: Ellen Meisner, Shannon Peper, River Simpson, Alyssa Johnson, Brittany Weninger, Misty Price, Emily Schuna, Carly Ferguson, Val Bruner, Jordan Berry, Andrea Kerr, Sonia Utzman, Val Thorson, Cameron Sorenson, Ayja Radwanski, Rachel Greaner, Laura Lusardi and Megan Wefel.

Silver medalists, with a score of 23-24: Bailey Matthys, Angela Tenner, Julia Rehbein, Patty Nelson, Christian Martin, Sarah L'Allier, Justin Zeller, Ellen Junko, Bria Norton, Hailey Bessac and Allie Hassler.

Bronze medals, with score of 21-22, included: Katie L'Allier and Julia Barbian.

Graycee Lindell also earned a low bronze medal.

The forensics team ended its season on May 15 when the team hosted an awards banquet.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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