Truman Forensics Starts the Season Strong
The Truman State University speech and debate team traveled to both Western Kentucky University and Illinois State University in late September. The team kicked off its season with a second place finish in debate sweepstakes and second place overall in combined sweepstakes at the Western Kentucky University Fall Fiesta.
During the first half of the swing tournament, sophomore AJ Taula (Blue Springs, MO) won the championship title in Poetry Interpretation, earned third place in Prose Interpretation, and took fourth place in Dramatic Interpretation. Taula also took sixth place in Poetry during the second half of the swing. Taula is now qualified to compete at the national tournament in April in all three events.
Of the five debaters Truman brought to the competition, all five broke to out-rounds, a feat never accomplished before in Lincoln-Douglas for Truman’s team. Sophomore Myra Milam (Elkland, MO) made it to the final round and took second place on a 2-1 decision. This is the second consecutive year that Myra has advanced to the final round at this tournament. She also earned the third place speaker award.
Sophmores John Carney (Overland Park, KS), Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO), and Kristen Wright (Liberty, MO) and freshman Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) all advanced to the octofinal round of debate. Additionally, all five debaters placed in the top ten in the field for speaker awards. These results qualify the debaters to compete at the national tournament in April.
“This was a great overall tournament for us. We hit the top teams in the nation and held our own. This team holds a lot of promise for the rest of the season,” said Assistant Director of Forensics Russ Luce.
At Illinois State University, where the team took a small contingent of individual events competitors, junior Jessica Petrie (Millstadt, IL) won second place in Impromptu Speaking.