Truman Forensics Succeeds in St. Louis

Feb 9, 2011 by     Comments Off on Truman Forensics Succeeds in St. Louis    Posted under: Press Releases

The Truman State University speech and debate team traveled to St. Louis January 28-30 to compete in Webster University’s annual Gorlok Gala invitational tournament. The Gorlok drew 36 schools from across the nation. The individual events competitors collectively brought home ten trophies and won third place overall.

Junior Andrew Grojean led the speech competitors, winning first place in individual sweepstakes. This is an award based on a competitor’s combined success in all of his or her events. Grojean also won second place in dramatic interpretation, third in persuasive speaking and a semifinalist trophy in prose interpretation.

The dramatic duo of Grojean and freshman Arielle Long-Seabra took fifth place.

Sophomore Jessica Petrie won second place in both editorial impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, third place in impromptu speaking and fourth place in persuasive speaking.

Sophomore Sarah Agbehia won an excellence award in impromptu speaking, placing her in the top 20% of the event.

The debate competitors also took home several trophies. Senior Dylan Clark and freshman Myra Milam both advanced to octofinals in Lincoln-Douglas debate putting them in the top 16 of 64 competitors.

Senior Sarah Backhaus and freshman Nick Gorman advanced to double octofinals, placing them in the top 32 of the competition. Milam also received a 3rd place speaking award in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Gorman took 9th, and Backhaus took 15th place in the speaking award.

The students are currently gearing up for the State Championship competition which will take place mid-February.

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