Nashville Stenographer Competes with Nation's Top Talent

Alpha Court Reporter Places Top 10 in National Stenographer Competition

Nashville Stenographer Competes with Nation’s Top Talent

Last week, the National Court Reporters Association held its annual convention in Las Vegas, attracting court reporters, broadcast captioners, CART providers, students, and other industry professionals from across the country and around the world. In addition to the customary CEU seminars, attendee mixers, and vendor exhibitions, the NCRA Annual Convention hosted the National Speed and Realtime Competitions to determine whose fingers are the fastest and most accurate.

“It’s like the Olympics of court reporting.” -Patricia Nilsen, RMR, CRR, CRC

Patricia Nilsen, a court reporter with Alpha Reporting in Nashville, TN, placed 10th overall in the Realtime Competition, bolstered by an impressive 4th place finish in the Q&A portion. The contest consists of two legs: a literary dictation at 200 words per minute, and a Q&A dictation at 225 words per minute. While speed is key, accuracy is what matters most, as the contestants submit their translated notes immediately for grading without the opportunity to edit or proofread their transcript, and must attain a minimum 95% accuracy in order to qualify.

Dee Boenau, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner from Sarasota, FL, took home 1st-Place honors for the second year running in the Realtime Competition, while Jeffrey Weigl, RMR, CRR, CRC, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, also matched his winning performance from 2016 with another 1st-Place finish this year in the Speed Contest.

Alpha Reporting Corporation is a court reporting, trial services, and litigation support company with over 40 years of experience providing First-Class service to the legal profession across Tennessee and nationwide.

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Director of Business Development and Client Relations
at Alpha Reporting Corporation – Nashville Office

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