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2019 Realtime Contest Champion: Jane Proud

Jane(Photo courtesy of Timothy Meinke) 


2019 Realtime contest overall results 

1st place

Jane Proud

- 50

97.74 %

2nd place
Lisa Conley Yungblut
- 83
96.06 %
3rd place
Sue Trischan


2019 Realtime contest individual leg results

Literary - 200 words per minute

Jane Proud

- 16

98.4 %

B. Lynn Els

- 17

98.3 %

Jamie Pellegrino

- 36

96.4 %

Lisa Conley Yungblut

- 46

95.4 %


Testimony (Q&A) - 225 words per minute

Sue Trischan

- 11

99.02 %

Jane Proud

- 33

97.07 %

Heidi Blueskye Geizer

- 35

96.89 %

Lisa Conley Yungblut

- 37

96.71 %

Sara Clark

- 43

96.18 %

Kristin Wegryn

- 45

96 %

Lance Boardman

- 46

95.91 %

Realtime Contest Rules 

NEXT CONTEST:  2020 OCRA Annual Conference, Friday, March 27, 2020

Five minute tests will be dictated as follows: 
Literary: 200 words per minute 
Q&A: 225 words per minute 

Any writer of shorthand who is a member of OCRA in good standing and who has attained at least NCRA RPR status. 

Contestants must give to the committee satisfactory assurance that they have not received, directly or indirectly, any remuneration or promise of remuneration of whatever character for entering or winning any part of this contest. 

Please register on the Annual Conference registration form. The fee is $45 if paid by registration deadline. Fee to be paid prior to contest. 

The defending champion, if present, will have choice of seats. Subsequent seating shall be at the discretion of the chief examiner of the Realtime Contest. 

Only one transcription will be permitted of each leg. 96% and higher qualifies. In order to qualify, contestant must write realtime into a computer and, without editing, at the direction of a testing monitor, create an ASCII/text file and/or a PDF onto a diskette, CD/DVD, or a USB flash drive. Those unable to produce such a file within five minutes of such request may be disqualified at the discretion of the contest chair. After verification of the file, the contestant will be required to delete all components of the file, including any audio, from hard drive and recycle bin.

Realtime may be in either ALL CAPS or mixed case. Two-voice testimony can be transcribed in either Q&A format, colloquy, or by using chevrons or some other new speaker designation as long as the change of speaker is clearly obvious. Neither the Q or A will be counted nor read. Punctuation errors will apply irrespective of speaker format. No transcript will be eligible for consideration with less than 96 percent accuracy. 

Winners and qualifiers will be announced during the Annual Conference. A trophy will be awarded for first place, medals will be awarded for second and third place, and an appropriate certificate to those who attain 96 percent or higher. The contest committee will publish/announce only names of qualifying contestants. 

Effective 10/1/2011, NCRA has adopted new rules for attaining CEUs and PDCs. OCRA mirrors NCRA's rules on awarding CEUs for contests, so all contests after the 2012 speed and realtime contests will abide by the new rules. 

NCRA certification holders who successfully complete a speed contest at or above the level of the RMR speeds and/or successfully complete a realtime contest at or above 180 words per minute straight matter at 96% accuracy may earn 0.25 PDC per leg. Credits for any speed contest leg or realtime contest leg will be awarded only once per three-year continuing education cycle (maximum of 1.0 credit from all non-CEU credits accepted by NCRA per three-year cycle). 

The decisions of the committee made under these rules, or such supplementary rules as may be found necessary at the time of the contest, shall be final. 

All submitted disks, CD/DVDs, paper notes, and printed transcripts become the property of OCRA and will not be available for participant review.  Submitted USB flash drives will be returned back to the contestant upon the erasing of all contest materials.

Contestants will not be permitted to be present during the grading process. Transcripts will be marked for identification and corrected in such a manner that it will be impossible to know whose work is being examined until after the grading has been completed. A check-off list shall be maintained indicating the submission or non-submission of a disk, CD/DVD, or USB flash drive from each contestant.

Determination of what is an error shall be determined by the current rules and guidelines of NCRA.  

Two-voice Testimony can be transcribed as: (all are acceptable, no points off) 
Q. Where do you live? 
A. Columbus, Ohio. 
MS. SMITH: Where do you live? 
MS. JONES: Columbus, Ohio. 
>> Reporter: Where do you live? 
>> Witness: Columbus, Ohio.

Past Realtime Contest Winners

2002 Donna Karoscik
2003 Donna Karoscik
2004 Donna Karoscik - Retired 
2005 Heidi Geizer 
2006 Lisa Conley 
2007 Jacquie Gutierrez 
2008 Jacquie Gutierrez 
2009 Heidi Geizer 
2010 Sara Clark 
2011 Lin Riffle 
2012 Sue Trischan 
2013 Kristin Wegryn
2014 Sara Clark
2015 Lahana DuFour
2016 B. Lynn Els
2017 Lance Boardman
2018 Lisa Conley Yungblut
2019 Jane Proud