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2010.04.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Forensics Takes Top Prizes, Now Ranked Eighth in U.S.

Omaha - The forensics team at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating several wins following the program’s first national championship, held April 2-4 in Eau Claire, Wis.

The UNO team, lead by Abbie Syrek of the School of Communication, is now ranked eighth in the nation.

Quarterfinalists are in the top 24 in the nation in their event, and semifinalists are in the top 12.

Cameron Logsdon earned first place in Program of Oral Interpretation. Logsdon is UNO’s first national champion.

In poetry, Allison Henri placed second, while Iven Mendoza placed third.

Henri also placed 16th in Individual Sweepstakes. Out of the hundreds of students who competed, Henri placed 16th overall. Awards are only given to the top 20 students in this category.

The UNO team competed in a record-breaking 45 events, with six students advancing to elimination rounds. Joining national finalists Logsdon, Mendoza and Henri were Tessie Stednitz (quarterfinals in Program of Oral Interpretation and semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation); Brian Robinson (quarterfinals in Impromptu Speaking); and Blaine Miller (semifinals in Communication Analysis).

In addition to winning a national championship, Logsdon advanced to quarterfinals in Poetry. Henri also advanced to semifinals in Informative Speaking.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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