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UNI speech team has strong start to spring semester

February 23, 2003

Leah White, UNI director of Forensics, (319) 273-7200
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently were finalists at the Bob Smith Invitational Speech Tournament held last month at Wartburg College, and at the Mid-American Forensic League Swing Tournament at Illinois State and Bradley Universities.

At the Wartburg Competition, the team placed third overall. Individually, Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed fourth in dramatic duo along with junior Danielle Dick from Dayton. Larsen also placed fourth in program oral interpretation, while Dick placed fifth in that category. Matt Musgrave, a sophomore from Webster City, placed fourth in rhetorical criticism and sixth in informative speaking. Phil Rippke, a sophomore from Moville, placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking and seventh in persuasive speaking.

Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed first in after dinner speaking, and second in dramatic interpretation and informative speaking. Additionally, at the Mid-American Tournament, at Saturday's Illinois State events, Gronstal placed first in after dinner speaking, and fourth in informative speaking. At Sunday's Bradley events, Gronstal placed first in after dinner speaking, first in poetry interpretation, and fourth in dramatic interpretation.

For more information, contact Leah White, UNI director of forensics, (319) 273-7200.