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NUHS students win ninth state title in spoken Russian; receive medals in essay competition<br>

May 27, 2002

James Sweigert, UNI instructor in teaching\Russian, (319) 273-7675 or (319) 266-0156
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- High school students at the University of Northern Iowa's Price Laboratory School recently captured their ninth straight state title at the Iowa Olympiada of Spoken Russian. Sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), the event took place in April at UNI.

NUHS students took 11 of 12 medalist awards in the Individual Spoken Competition. Finishing first in Level Four (numbers indicate finishing place) was Mary Weber, followed by Ryan Hahn (2) and Ian Cawley (3). In Level Three, medalists were Dan Kramer (1), Matt Adams (2) and Joe Wartick (3). Level Two winners were Rob Williams (2) and Lauren Page (3) while Level One honors went to Jeff Zeitz (1), John Kane (2) and Brian Bremner (3).

In the Quiz Bowl Competition, NU teams also made a clean sweep. First-place honors went to the team of Brian Bremner, Ryan Hahn and Jeff Zeitz, while the second place team was Jed Ellerbroek and Dan Kramer. Finishing in third place were Nora Kischer-Browne, Mary Weber and Rob Williams.

Earlier in the year, 16 of the 17 NUHS Russian language students competing in the 2001 National Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by ACTR, received national medals.

National medalists are: Tina Bremner, Ian Cawley and Emily Kishman--advanced silver medalists; and Jed Ellerbroek, Ryan Hahn and Brie Penaluna, advanced bronze medalists.

Intermediate gold medalist honors went to Joe Wartick, with intermediate silver awards to Isaac Horstmeier, Dan Kramer and Samantha Renfro, and intermediate bronze honors to Matt Adams and Cam Puetz. Beginning bronze awards went to Malcolm Bevel, Lauren Page, Joe Traw and Rob Williams.

Instructor for NU's Russian program is James Sweigert, UNI instructor in teaching.