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Welcome to the team the fabulous first-year, Cecelia Ward!

Cecelia lives in Coldwater, Michigan.

Here’s a picture of Cecelia with her mother and grandfather.

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Cecelia has never participated in forensics before this year, so this is an entirely new experience for her!

For forensics, Cecelia is interested in trying Duo, Communication Analysis, and maybe some Poetry, too.

As far as academic studies at Ripon College goes, she’s interested in majoring in Politics and Government.

That’s Cecelia in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Meet one of our excitable seniors, Katie Biedler!

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Most team members affectionately call her “Bieds” to avoid confusion with the lovely Katie Warczak.

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Bieds is from Minnesota, originally living in Gilman before moving to Sauk Rapids.

Here she is with her two nieces, Hailey and Lilly.

If you’re looking for something fun to do, just call Bieds!  She’s always willing to go out and seize the day with some friends in any way possible.  Some of the activities she enjoys doing is cooking (for others, specifically), playing video games, hiking, writing, and talking with others.

Meet one of Bieds and fellow teammate Shannon’s late night creations, Fred Rollington!

Bieds is quite the ball of energy, sometimes even referred to last year as “the team’s mascot” due to her crazy antics.

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Bieds is double-majoring in Communication and Politics & Government.

For forensics, she competes in Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Communication Analysis, Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, and is also interested in trying Impromptu Speaking and Duo Interpretation.

That’s Bieds in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links on the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Give a hearty hello to one of our most liveliest juniors, Caroline Lundt!  The team calls her Carly for short.

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Carly hails from Madison, Wisconsin.

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Carly is known for being quite passionate about social and political topics, making debate one of her favorite activities.

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Besides debate, Carly loves theatre, reading, and writing (especially fanfiction).

Here’s a photo of Carly with the cast and crew from two years ago.

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Carly is also a big social butterfly, as she loves spending time with her boyfriend and fellow teammate, Connor Cummiskey, as well as her fraternity, Theta Sigma Tau.  Spending time in the community in general makes her happy.

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Carly is dyslexic, which has unfortunately caused obstacles when it comes to education, but she hasn’t allowed that to stop her studies and takes pride in her accomplishments.  After she graduates from Ripon, Carly intends on continuing her education into graduate school.

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At Ripon, Carly is double majoring in Communication and English, while minoring in theatre.

The categories for forensics Carly enjoys are Duo, After Dinner Speaking, Persuade, Dramatic Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

That’s Carly in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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 now i really wish i went to ripon college

Here’s your honorary Red Hawk Forensicator membership ribbon!

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forensicating, and for anyone else who may be interested, here is a more in-depth description of the categories.  This can be found on the AFA-NIET (or American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament) website.

Impromptu Speaking

An impromptu speech, substantive in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section.  Topics will be derived from quotations.  Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking.  Timing commences with the acceptance of the topics sheet.  Limited notes are permitted.

Informative Speaking

An original, factual speech by the student on a realistic subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience.  Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message.  Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech.  Minimal notes are permitted.  Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Prose Interpretation

An original or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source.  Focus of this event is on the development of the narrative/story.  Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited.  Use of manuscript is required.  Maximum time is 10 minutes including introduction.

Dramatic Duo

A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals.  The material may be drawn from any genre of literature.  This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used.  Presentation is from the manuscript and the focus should be off-stage and not to each other.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Contestants will be given three topics in the general area of current event, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is the original work of the student.  Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes.  Limited notes are permitted.  Student will speak in listed order.  Postings of topics will be staggered.

Persuasive Speaking

An original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience.  Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message.  Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech.  Minimal notes are permitted.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Program Oral Interpretation

A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama).  A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme through the use of narrative/story, language, and/or characterization.  A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used in the program.  Different genre means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature (e.g., A poem included in a short story that appears only in that short story does not constitute a poetry genre.)  Only one selection may be original.  Use of manuscript is required.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

After Dinner Speaking

An original, humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste.  The speech should not resemble a night club act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue.  Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message.  Minimal notes are permitted.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Communication Analysis

An original speech by the student designed to offer an explanation and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles.  Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message.  Manuscripts are permitted.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Drama Interpretation

A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit.  The focus of this event is on the development of characterization.  This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio.  Use of manuscript is required.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

Poetry Interpretation

A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source.  A primary focus of this event should be on the development of language.  Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited.  Use of manuscript is required.  Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

I also recommend this video to get a taste of a few of the college categories.

Here’s another video of Richard Heyne’s Program Oral Interpretation.

If anyone wants any additional information, feel free to get in touch with us!  Forensics is a wonderful activity that everyone should have the chance to try.

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Meet our lovely first-year, Erika Isaacson!

Erika comes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Here’s a picture when Erika played nerf games with her church.

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She loves her little sister, Retta, who Erika also calls Blondie.

Music is an important part of Erika’s life.

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Erika has an obsession with rabbits.  Think crazy cat lady, but with rabbit ears.

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She’s not all about the bunnies, though!  Erika is the perfect person to hang out with if you’re looking for a jolt of energy.  She loves to spend her spare time jamming out to Disney and swing dancing.

Erika is just getting into Breaking Bad, which tends to make her a butt of some jokes, considering the field of study she’s interested in.

This photo isn’t really related to Breaking Bad, but it involves a glowing drink.  Besides, her Raven costume is pretty cool.

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Erika is interested in studying Pre-Med (Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics) at Ripon College.

As far as forensics is concerned, Erika is excited to try all the categories college has to offer.  District IV better prepare themselves!

That’s Erika in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Meet the all-powerful and amazing assistant coach of the Ripon College forensics team, Sam Goodwin! 

Sam has also been called Dagger, due to her fascination with knives and swords.

Sam is originally from New Hampshire, but her family moved to Milwaukee, WI, when she was five years old.  Her family is composed of her brother who is currently on the team named Anders Goodwin, her parents, two English springer spaniels named Belle and Rocky, and two cats named Stash and Zach.

Here’s one of her cats, Stash.

Public speaking has always been Sam’s niche.  As a kindergartner, she gave a speech to her school board explaining why her favorite teacher shouldn’t be fired; participated in Moments of History for forensics since 6th grade; and participated in Informative, Duo, Prose, After Dinner Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, and Music Interpretation for forensics at Ripon College.  She was also involved in Speaker’s Bureau and theatre at college.

Here’s a picture of Sam with her backstage crew.

Sam is also an extremely artsy person. Before coming to Ripon, Sam participated in ballet for ten years, then she did tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical dance for another six years.  She can also play the piano, cello, and the handbells.

Sam also takes pride in being a fangirl.  Some of her obsessions are South Korean culture, One Direction, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jonas Brothers, and RENT.  Do not, however, mention Taylor Swift around her.  Sam’s displeasure with Taylor Swift is legendary.  You have been warned.

This is a past birthday gift for Sam.

For anyone interested in buttering Sam up, she is, as she says, “genetically programmed” to love reading, chocolate, pasta, and anything purple.

Sam earned a degree in Communication at Ripon College and now currently works for the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association.

That’s Sam in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Throw your hand up in the air and wave to another one of our wonderful assistant coaches, Joe Truesdale!  Also known to some people as Joey T.

Joe grew up in Oshkosh and graduated from Ripon College in 2007 with a major in Mass Media Management and a minor in Theatre.  He then became our assistant coach in 2012, making this academic year the third year he’s been coaching.  He does enjoy all the categories, but some of his favorites to judge are Program Oral Interpretation, Poetry, and Duo.

Joe has always been media savvy.  When he was in college, he was heavily involved with the college’s radio station, WRPN-FM.  He then served as on-air talent and production for radio stations in Fond du Lac for four years.  He now works as a Digital Marketing Coordinator for Holiday Automotive in Fond du Lac.  There, he manages the websites, video production, and more!

Here Joe is running the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac booth.

If you’re into video games or Disney, you’ve just made a new friend!  Joe loves video gaming, although he’s been more following the industry than playing lately.  He’s also stated that he has yet to meet his match in Disney trivia.

Joe also enjoys watching football and listening to punk rock, pop-punk, metal, ska, and apparently Garth Brooks.

That’s Joe in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Give a warm welcome to our fabulous coach, Brianne Giese!

This is when Brianne was a special guest at the annual Battle of the Flowers Member Luncheon (located in Texas) in 2012.

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Brianne competed in forensics for eleven years and coached for ten, making her the ideal coach.  The team couldn’t be happier to have her on board!

Here’s a photo from when Brianne won the Battle of the Flowers Oratorical Contest.

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Brianne went to college for both her undergraduate and graduate degree at Texas State.  There, she fell in love with the city of Austin.

This picture was taken at one of her favorite places to hang out in Austin.

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Before becoming our coach, Brianne was the Assistant Director of Forensics at Texas State University.

This photo was taken on the way back from the American Forensic Association’s national tournament in 2013.  Texas State’s mascot is a bobcat.

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Brianne loves to travel, especially to the state she was born in, California.

Here’s a picture from when she visited San Francisco.

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Brianne did not come up to Ripon alone!  She also has a corgi-lab mix named Dexter.  He can be a bit of a troublemaker, sometimes.

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The team is honored to have Brianne as our leader, and we can’t wait to see what the first year with her brings!

That’s Brianne in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!

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Say hello to our lovely assistant coach for the fall semester, Angelica Schwartz!

Here’s a photo from when Angelica studied abroad in Scotland.

Angelica is in her fifth and final year of Ripon College.  Angelica will be finishing up her education with the college with student teaching in the spring, which is one of the reasons why she’ll be coaching just the fall semester.

This photo is from her stage makeup class.

If anyone needs help with Poetry, Angelica is the one to consult!  When Angelica competed in forensics, her favorite events were interpretative, especially Poetry.  She absolutely loves Poetry.

In her spare time, Angelica loves reading, writing, crocheting, and doing anything that involves poetry.

Angelica will be graduating with an English Education major with Education and Theatre Education minors.

Angelica wishes to teach English in high school and hopefully coach a high school speech team, as well.

That’s Angelica in a small nutshell.  Care to learn more about the team?  Visit our links at the top right corner of the page or feel free to submit a question!