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UNI speech team places 17th in national competition

May 5, 2003

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six students on the University of Northern Iowa's Individual Events Speech Team recently traveled to Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind., for the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament.

The team placed seventh in the President's One Division, and 17th in the overall open competition. The President's One Division included all schools with medium sized total entries at the tournament (14-42). The open division included more than 70 schools entered in the tournament. This is the highest UNI has ranked in either division in the last five years.

Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, advanced to the final round of competition in rhetorical criticism, and placed fourth overall out of more than 100 students in the event. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, finished in the top 24, advancing to the quarter-final round of competition, in after-dinner speaking.

The other students contributing to the 17th place finish by earning preliminary points were: junior Danielle Dick from Dayton, sophomore Phil Rippke from Moville, sophomore Kara Scholten from Rock Valley and freshman Brent Nichols from Marshalltown.