Jo Ann Bryce wins Speed and Realtime contests

In a first for NCRA contests, Jo Ann Bryce, RMR, CRR, of Castro Valley, Calif.,  won the Realtime Contests five times. She also won the Speed Contest with a total of seven errors and two perfect papers in the Literary and Q&A legs. Bryce was not the only person to turn in a perfect paper in the Literary leg of the Speed Contest: Laura Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, of Los Altos, Calif., and Dana Hayden, RMR, CRR, of Huntsville, Ark., also turned in perfect papers.

Bryce’s percentage score for the Speed Contest was 99.797 percent. Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR, of Chicago, Ill., earned an overall second place win for the Speed Contest with 18 errors at 99.504 percent. Hayden’s perfect Literary paper gave her the advantage of a third place finish with 18 errors total for a 99.494 percent score.

Bryce’s writing form was only topped by her performance in the Realtime Contest, where she won the contest with a mere five errors and an overall score of 99.756 percent. Dee Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, of Sarasota, Fla., with 13 errors and a 99.394 percent score, took second place. Hayden, with 14 errors and 99.328 percent, took third in the Realtime Contest. While there were no perfect papers, Bryce’s Q&A Realtime paper had only one error.

See speed contest results.

See realtime contest results.

 

2014 Realtime Contest results

2014 Realtime Contest results

OVERALL COMBINED SCORES

Place Total Errors Ave. Per.
1 Jo Ann Bryce, RPR, CRR 5 99.756%
2 Deanna Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 13 99.394%
3 Dana Hayden, RMR, CRR 14 99.328%
4 Laura Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 15 99.289%
5 Amanda Maze, RMR, CRR, CCP 16 99.222%
6 Douglas Zweizig, RDR, CRR 18 99.167%
7 Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR 22 98.928%
8 Tammy Milcowitz, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP 24 98.900%
9 Karla Sommer, RMR, CRR, CBC 27 98.728%
10 John Wissenbach, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 32 98.506%
11 Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR 35 98.422%
12 Michelle Keegan, RMR, CRR 37 98.267%
13 Teri Darrenougue, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 38 98.250%
14 Judith Walsh, RDR, CRR, CCP 39 98.128%
15 Jennifer Bonfilio, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP 41 98.117%
16 Clay Frazier, RMR, CRR 43 97.944%
17 Jennifer Schuck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 46 97.867%
18 Pam Hardy, RMR, CRR 45 97.861%
19 Ronald Cook, RDR, CRR 52 97.583%
20 Patricia Nilsen, RMR, CRR, CCP, CRI 52 97.539%
21 Darlene Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 55 97.444%
22 Donna Karoscik, RMR, CRR, CCP 56 97.250%
23 Karen Tyler, RDR, CRR 62 97.172%
24 Deanna Dean, RDR, CRR 60 97.122%
25 Patrick Mahon, RMR, CRR 63 97.033%
26 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP 63 97.022%
27 Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 68 96.850%
28 Rich Germosen, RMR, CRR 71 96.683%
29 Amie First, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE 72 96.644%
30 Tami Frazier, RMR, CRR 72 96.578%
31 Kevin Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 72 96.550%
32 Amanda LeGore, RDR, CRR 77 96.328%
33 Melinda Sellers, RPR, CRR 82 96.156%
34 Debbie Dibble, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 95 95.561%

 

LITERARY

Place Errors Percent
1 Jo Ann Bryce 4 99.600%
1 Donna Urlaub 4 99.600%
2 Deanna Boenau 5 99.500%
3 Tammy Milcowitz 6 99.400%
3 Douglas Zweizig 6 99.400%
4 Laura Brewer 8 99.200%
5 Dana Hayden 9 99.100%
6 Jennifer Bonfilio 11 98.900%
6 Teri Darrenougue 11 98.900%
7 Amanda Maze 12 98.800%
8 Karla Sommer 13 98.700%
8 Karen Tyler 13 98.700%
8 John Wissenbach 13 98.700%
9 Michelle Keegan 16 98.400%
9 Jennifer Schuck 16 98.400%
10 Mark Kislingbury 17 98.300%
11 Ronald Cook 19 98.100%
12 Darlene Pickard 20 98.000%
13 Janice Plomp, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 21 97.900%
14 Jeanne Cahill, RDR, CRR, CBC 23 97.700%
14 Karyn Menck 23 97.700%
15 Judith Walsh 25 97.500%
15 Pam Hardy 25 97.500%
16 Clay Frazier 26 97.400%
17 Patricia Nilsen 27 97.300%
18 Amie First 28 97.200%
18 Karen Peckham, RMR, CRR 28 97.200%
19 Rich Germosen, 29 97.100%
20 Patrick Mahon, 30 97.000%
21 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, 32 96.800%
22 Melinda Sellers 36 96.400%
23 Deanna Dean 38 96.200%
24 Debbie Dibble 39 96.100%
25 Tami Frazier, RMR, CRR 40 96.000%
25 William Zaremba, RMR, CRR 40 96.000%
26 Kevin Daniel 45 95.500%
26 Amanda LeGore 45 95.500%
27 Donna Karoscik 47 95.300%
27 Bernice Radavich, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE 47 95.300%

 

 

Q&A

Place Error Percentage
1 Jo Ann Bryce 1 99.911%
2 Amanda Maze 4 99.644%
3 Dana Hayden 5 99.556%
3 Mark Kislingbury 5 99.556%
4 Laura Brewer 7 99.378%
5 Deanna Boenau 8 99.289%
6 Donna Karoscik 9 99.200%
7 Douglas Zweizig 12 98.933%
8 Karla Sommer 14 98.756%
8 Judith Walsh 14 98.756%
9 Clay Frazier 17 98.489%
10 Tammy Milcowitz 18 98.400%
11 John Wissenbach 19 98.311%
12 Pam Hardy 20 98.222%
13 Michelle Keegan 21 98.133%
14 Deanna Dean 22 98.044%
15 Patricia Nilsen 25 97.778%
16 Kevin Daniel 27 97.600%
16 Teri Darrenougue 27 97.600%
17 Jennifer Bonfilio 30 97.333%
17 Jennifer Schuck 30 97.333%
18 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag 31 97.244%
18 Donna Urlaub 31 97.244%
19 Tami Frazier 32 97.156%
19 Amanda LeGore 32 97.156%
20 Ronald Cook 33 97.067%
20 Patrick Mahon 33 97.067%
21 Darlene Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 35 96.889%
22 Susan Miller, RPR 41 96.356%
23 Rich Germosen 42 96.267%
24 Amie First 44 96.089%
25 Karyn Menck 45 96.000%
26 Melinda Sellers 46 95.911%
27 Karen Tyler 49 95.644%
28 G. Allen Sonntag, RDR, CRR 53 95.289%
29 Debbie Dibble 56 95.022%

 

High school realtime writer competes against traditional keyboarding students

Who doesn’t love a good race? Remember your childhood, when you heard those exhilarating words, “On your mark. Get set. Go!”? You could almost feel the blood rushing from your head into your legs as you took off at what seemed like lightning speed without even a glance back. Those were the days!

Jessica Kuhlmann, a high school court reporting student, relived those feelings when she recently raced and won against traditional keyboarding students in a realtime writing contest. Wait a minute – did you just say a “high school court reporting student”? Where do they offer a court reporting program to high school students?

Kuhlmann is a senior in the Broadcast Captioning and Court Reporting major at South Technical High School in St. Louis County, Mo. This program offers the only high school curriculum of its kind in the United States and has been in place since 2004.

The program was conceived and initiated by Judy Larson, an NCRA certified reporting instructor and former winner of NCRA’s CASE Award of Excellence. Larson was the tech prep coordinator at St. Louis Community College when she came up with the concept of developing a high school court reporting program in the St. Louis area. Since then, many students have enrolled at the secondary level, and many have articulated their credits to the court reporting major at STLCC.

Kuhlmann and her classmates began the program their junior year when they learned machine writing theory and the basics of CAT software. They were also introduced to medical, legal, and technical terminology during their first year in the program. During their senior year, they are using what they’ve already learned to prepare for their state’s Certified Court Reporter exam. Each week, they learn the meanings of more complex medical and legal terms using the Missouri Court Reporters’ CCR study guide.

I asked Kuhlmann, “What do you like best about being a high school court reporting major?”

“Initially, I loved the fact that I could get a head start with my career and being able to, if this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, without spending thousands of dollars in college trying to figure it out,” she said. Now that she is in her second year, she says, “I basically love everything about the class, but my favorite part is writing on the machine in realtime. Realtime writing becomes addicting. I also like writing my favorite movies, TV shows, and music.”

The recent speedwriting contests in which Jessica competed and won against traditional keyboarding students show that her practice is paying off. Students competed during middle and high school assemblies using the hit song from the recently released movie, The Great Gatsby. Their realtime writing of “Young and Beautiful” performed by Lana Del Rey was projected on side-by-side screens. Audience members could compare their speed and accuracy as they wrote while the song played. Of course, traditional keyboarding students could not come close to Jessica’s realtime output.

I asked Jessica if she aspires to be an NCRA speedwriting competitor after she graduates from St. Louis Community College. She replied, “I don’t know. That sounds like a lot of pressure, but I think it would be fun to try!”

I can just envision it now: On your mark. Get set. Go! Mark Kislingbury, you’d better stay sharp! The next generation is racing your way!

Kathleen M. Saunders, CRI, M.Ed., is an associate instructor at St. Louis Community College. She can be reached at KMSaunders@SSDMO.org . Contact Dr. Patti Ziegler at PZiegler7@STLCC.edu  for information about the court reporting program.

Jo Ann Bryce wins 2013 Realtime Contest

2013 Realtime Contest Winners

At the 2013 NCRA Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn., Jo Ann Bryce of Castro Valley, Calif., won the Realtime Contest. Deanna C. Boenau of Sarasota, Fla., earned second place and Laura P. Brewer of Los Altos, Calif., earned third place in the Realtime Contest.

Many CRR and Merit writers tested their realtime writing skills in this annual realtime contest. The competition consisted of two five-minute dictations: straight matter at 200 wpm and a two-voice at 225 wpm. Contestants qualified in each with an accuracy rate of 95% or better, and the best combined score won the championship.

Realtime Contest – Overall

Place Names Errors Percentage
1 Bryce, Jo Ann 6 99.717%
2 Boenau, Deanna C. 11 99.506%
3 Brewer, Laura P. 15 99.333%
4 Hayden, Dana 15 99.317%
5 Urlaub, Donna M. 18 99.194%
6 Menck, Karyn D. 20 99.050%
7 Kislingbury, Mark Tod 23 98.967%
8 Wissenbach, John 24 98.883%
9 Darrenougue, Teri B. 33 98.772%
10 Cook, Ronald L. 33 98.467%
11 Kraynak, Diane K. 35 98.350%
12 Cano, Michael Joseph 37 98.339%
13 Cortopassi, Kathy A. 42 98.089%
14 Mahon, Patrick Joseph 50 97.689%
15 Frazier, Clay James 51 97.628%
16 Bundy, Lori 53 97.489%
17 Tyler, Karen L. 56 97.372%
18 Frazier, Tami 58 97.332%
19 Humphrey-Sonntag, Melanie L. 64 98.089%
20 Greenblum, Steven 66 96.900%
21 Frazier, Elizabeth 74 96533%
22 Linkowski, Kelly D. 76 96.494%
23 Nodland, Robin L. 77 96.400%

Literary

Place Names Errors Percentage
1 Brewer, Laura P. 0 100.000%
2 Boenau, Deanna C. 1 99.900%
2 Urlaub, Donna M. 1 99.900%
3 Kislingbury, Mark Tod 2 99.800%
4 Bryce, Jo Ann 3 99.700%
4 Cano, Michael Joseph 3 99.700%
4 Hayden, Dana 3 99.700%
5 Darrenougue, Teri B. 5 99.500%
6 Cortopassi, Kathy A. 8 99.200%
7 Wissenbach, John 9 99.100%
8 First, Amie R. 11 98.900%
8 Menck, Karyn D. 11 98.900%
9 Cook, Ronald L. 12 98.800%
9 Humphrey-Sonntag, Melanie L. 12 98.800%
9 Radavich, Bernice E. 12 98.800%
10 Casey, Joyce Z. 15 98.500%
11 Mahon, Patrick Joseph 16 98.400%
12 Kraynak, Diane K. 17 98.300%
13 Frazier, Tami 18 98.200%
14 Frazier, Clay James 19 98.100%
15 Linkowski, Kelly D. 23 97.700%
16 Germosen, Rich 25 97.500%
16 Tyler, Karen L. 25 97.500%
17 Pickard, Darlene E. 27 97.300%
18 Bundy, Lori 28 97.200%
19 Greenblum, Steven 30 97.000%
20 Frazier, Elizabeth 32 96.800%
20 Kimmel, Allison Lewis 32 96.800%
20 Nodland, Robin L. 32 96.800%
21 Dibble, Debbie 34 96.600%
22 Dean, Deanna J. 39 96.100%
23 Brezina, Thomas R. 42 95.800%
24 Jansen, Naren 43 95.700%

Q&A

Place Names Errors Percentage
1 Bryce, Jo Ann 3 99.733%
2 Menck, Karyn D. 9 99.200%
3 Boenau, Deanna C. 10 99.111%
4 Hayden, Dana 12 98.933%
5 Brewer, Laura P. 15 98.667%
5 Wissenbach, John 15 98.667%
6 Urlaub, Donna M. 17 98.489%
7 Kraynak, Diane K. 18 98.400%
8 Cook, Ronald L. 21 98.133%
8 Kislingbury, Mark Tod 21 98.133%
9 Darrenougue, Teri B. 22 98.044%
10 Bundy, Lori 25 97.778%
11 Tyler, Karen L. 31 97.244%
12 Frazier, Clay James 32 97.156%
13 Cano, Michael Joseph 34 96.978%
13 Cortopassi, Kathy A. 34 96.978%
13 Mahon, Patrick Joseph 34 96.978%
14 Greenblum, Steven 36 96.800%
15 Frazier, Tami 40 96.444%
16 Frazier, Elizabeth 42 96.267%
17 Nodland, Robin L. 45 96.000%
18 Humphrey-Sonntag, Melanie L. 52 95.378%
19 Linkowski, Kelly D. 53 95.289%