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March 22, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU forensics team wins Michigan Interscholastic Speech League competition

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University’s forensics team took first place in 12 of 14 events and won the Director’s Trophy for Quality at the Michigan Interscholastic Speech League State Championships March 17-18.

“I can’t remember when we’ve won almost 100 percent of the events we entered,” said Ray Quiel, who has been involved with EMU forensics since 1973 and is the current director of the team. The team entered 13 events and won 12.

The victory is the fourth consecutive state title for the team, who will head to the national competition April 7 in Wisconsin. EMU finished fifth at nationals last year.

The EMU Forensic Team will have a showcase performance April 5 at Sponberg Theatre. The showcase is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For additional information, call 487-0320.

Chris Griesinger, a junior from Middletown, Ohio, took first place in five categories to lead the team. Griesinger won prose interpretation, impromptu, after dinner speaking, oratory and the triathlon.

“He (Griesinger) is first person from EMU to ever win four categories,” Quiel said.

Other first place finishers for EMU were: Joshua Conway, a junior from Portage, won extemporaneous speaking; Angela Craft, a junior from Holland, won for informative speaking; Richard Brophy, a sophomore from Warrington, Great Britain, won for programmed oral interpretation; Emily Winderman, a junior from Yardley, Penn., won for rhetorical criticism; Marisa Dluge, a sophomore from New Baltimore, Mich., won for dramatic interpretation; Kyle Zrenchik, a junior from Wayne, Mich., won for poetry interpretation; and Jared Heeren, a junior from Muskegon, and Jenny Tocco, a junior from Livonia, won in duo interpretation.

Other team members are: Erika Badour, a junior from Flint; Vanessa Boatright, a junior from Shelby Township; Nick Burden, a sophomore from Fenton; William Coffing, a junior from Middletown, Ohio;  Doug Crandall, a freshman from Battle Creek; Diane Gomez, a junior from Birch Run; Meghann Janes, a junior from Centerville, Ohio; Lauren Schechtman, a senior from Ann Arbor; and Anke Thorey, a senior from Cologne, Germany.

EMU competed against Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Saginaw Valley State University, Jackson Community College, and Northwood University.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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