Truman Forensics Earns Six Championships in KC

Nov 2, 2011 by     Comments Off on Truman Forensics Earns Six Championships in KC    Posted under: Press Releases

The Truman State University speech and debate team took home six championship awards at the MCC-Longview Central States Swing Tournament last weekend. The tournament consisted of two separate individual events competitions and one debate competition. The individual events (speech) competitors took second place overall in team sweepstakes the first day and third place at the second competition.

At the first tournament, the team qualified five new events to the national tournament in April, and earned two tournament championship titles. Junior Jessica Petrie (Millstadt, IL) won impromptu speaking, took second place in rhetorical criticism, and fourth place in extemporaneous speaking. Senior Andrew Grojean (Blue Springs, MO) won informative speaking and took sixth place in impromptu speaking.

Sophomore Arielle Long-Seabra (Blue Springs, MO) took third in dramatic interpretation, and freshman Codi Caton (Lee’s Summit, MO) made it to semifinals in poetry interpretation.

In the second competition, Petrie won first place in both extemporaneous speaking and rhetorical criticism.  Grojean won first in dramatic interpretation and earned sixth in informative speaking.  Freshman Alex Eichstadt (Blue Springs, MO) broke into elimination rounds for the first time in his collegiate career, taking third place in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking.  Freshman Kate Pillen (Rochelle, IL), also breaking into elimination rounds for the first time, placed fifth in prose interpretation.

In debate, freshman Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) won the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas debate and won the first place speaker award. In the open division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, sophomores John Carney (Overland Park, KS) and Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO) made it to the quarterfinal round of debate, while sophomore Kory Anderson (St. Louis, MO) advanced to semifinals. Gorman won the first place varsity speaker award, while Anderson and Carney took fourth and fifth, respectively.

The second half of the tournament also resulted in five new qualifications for the national tournament.  “Right now, we have 19 events qualified for nationals and we have only been to 3 of our 8 tournaments, I am so pleased with and proud of this team,” Director of Forensics Kristi Scholten said.

The individual events competitors travel to Bradley University the weekend of November 4-6, while the debate competitors travel to Central Missouri University for a separate tournament.

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