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Wauwatosa East Forensics Team Wins State Championship at Virtual Tournament

The Wauwatosa East High School forensics team has won the Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association Virtual State Tournament in Division II, with nine students also earning individual placement honors.

Held April 4-9, competitors in the virtual tournament took part in three preliminary rounds, with top-ranking students in each category going on to compete in the semifinal and final rounds. The following is a list of students who placed in the virtual tournament, along with their respective categories and honors:

  • Vivi Andersen (Oratory): 2nd place
  • Cayden Anderson (Special Occasion Speaking): STATE CHAMPION
  • Audrey Catlin (Informative Speaking): Semi-finalist
  • Dylan Nolte (Demonstration Speaking): 3rd place
  • Mariana Perez (Poetry Interpretation): 5th place
  • Anastasia Pollnow (Storytelling): 6th place
  • Lily Ruggini (Radio Speaking): Semi-finalist
  • Maddie Ruzicka (Special Occasion Speaking): 2nd place
  • Annie Shiller (Informative Speaking): 5th place


The Wauwatosa East forensics team’s triumph in the virtual tournament followed its fourth-place showing in Division II at the in-person state tournament, held in Eau Claire on April 2. There, eight students also earned individual honors. The following is a list of students who placed in the in-person tournament, along with their respective categories and honors:

  • Vivi Andersen (Oratory): 4th place
  • Cayden Anderson (Special Occasion Speaking): 5th place
  • Maya Day (Group Interpretation): 6th place
  • Isabelle Erickson (Group Interpretation): 6th place
  • Julia Fossum (Group Interpretation): 6th place
  • Olivia Jessup-Anger (Group Interpretation): 6th place
  • Lily Ruggini (Radio Speaking): Semi-finalist
  • Maddie Ruzicka (Special Occasion Speaking): Semi-finalist


“Winning the state forensics championship is a true honor for our Wauwatosa East students and our entire school district community,” said Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of the Wauwatosa School District. “We applaud the efforts of all the members of the team who helped contribute to its success this year. We also thank coaches Jonathan Balcerak and Chelsea Drenning for their leadership in guiding the students to such strong showings in both the virtual and in-person tournaments.”

The Wisconsin Forensics Coaches’ Association supports both students and coaches in the art of formal public speaking and presentation, helping student competitors improve their self-confidence and skills while providing coaches with resources and networking opportunities.