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April 6, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU students showcase their forensics skills while preparing for national competition

YPSILANTI - Thanks to a special summer forensics program at Eastern Michigan University, two freshmen now are headed to the National Forensic Association Championship April 15-19 at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.  

Kyle Zrenchik, of Westland, and Vanessa Boatright, of Shelby Township, were first introduced to forensics during Summerquest, a two-week, intensive learning program offered to10-12 graders. Now that training has paid off.

To prepare for the national competition, Zrenchik and Boatright will be among the six freshmen performing in a freshmen-only forensics presentation 7:30 p.m., April 6 at the Phelps/Sellers residence hall lounge.

The entire award-winning forensics team will then stage six performances April 7, at 8:15 p.m. in EMU's Sponberg Theatre, Both events are free and open to the public.

Ray Quiel, director of forensics at EMU, said Summerquest helps expose students to collegiate competition, which is more intense than high school. Quiel, who has been with nearly every EMU forensics team, said he expects the team to place in the top five this year at nationals. EMU's forensics team has won the top spot 10 times since 1973.

"Summerquest is a very intense teaching activity. I worked one-on-one with some of the best coaches. It (the experience) made me better prepared for theatre," said Zrenchik, an18-year-old theater major.

During the April 6 performance he said his secret visual aid will lend itself to understanding his humorous after dinner speech entitled "The Communication Gap Between People With a Disability and Without."

Boatright, a 19-year-old communication major, will perform poetry dealing with sexual awareness and how parents respond to questions about sex.

"Summerquest helped my confidence level and my work ethic," said Boatright, who plans to be a speech coach after graduation.

For more information, contact Ray Quiel at 734.487.0320.


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