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NRHS forensics performs well at state festival

New Richmond High School students who competed at the state speech festival include (back, from left) Jaida Benish, David Postma, Turner Williamson, Tyler Sippl and Brendan McNitt; (front) Ellie Wacker, Jennifer Graham, Izzy Dyg, Andrew Kilibarda and Emmy Leeson. Submitted photo

The New Richmond High School forensics team performed admirably at the 2018 Wisconsin High School Forensics state speech festival.

The success of the NRHS students was led by four acts earning gold medals and Critic's Choice Awards.

Emmy Leeson and Andrew Kilibarda competed in prose reading. They both were gold medalists and both received Critic's Choice Awards.

Ellie Wacker competed in the Solo Acting Serious Division and she also earned a gold medal and Critic's Choice Award. David Postma and Turner Williamson combined their efforts to earn the fourth gold medal and Critic's Choice Award, in the Group Interpretive Reading Division.

One New Richmond student earned a silver medal and an all-state designation. That was Brendan McNitt, who was competing in the Special Occasion Division.

Several New Richmond students were finalists who received bronze medals. They include:

Isabelle Dyg in Demonstrative Speech;

Tyler Sippl in Farrago;

Jennifer Graham and Jaida Benish in Group Interpretive Reading.

"Students are judged based on their introduction, quality of material, vocal and physical delivery, and overall effect of their presentation. They then receive a medal based on their performance," said New Richmond adviser Justina Plemon. She said her team members "really represent New Richmond well, and I hope they continue to participate in Forensics in the years to come."

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for more than 30 years.

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