Truman Forensics “Frolics” Its Way to Victory

Dec 21, 2011 by     Comments Off on Truman Forensics “Frolics” Its Way to Victory    Posted under: Press Releases

The Truman State University speech and debate team returned from Ohio in early December with an overall team trophy and multiple individual awards. The weekend consisted of two separate tournaments at the Ohio State University and Otterbein University.

During the first portion of the “Holiday Frolic” at the Ohio State University, sophomore AJ Taula led the speech competitors, earning third place in dramatic interpretation and fifth place in prose interpretation. Taula also took third place in duo interpretation with sophomore Arielle Long-Seabra and fourth place with senior Andrew Grojean. Both duos earned new qualifications to the national tournament in April. Grojean placed fifth place in dramatic interpretation.

In debate, sophomore Myra Milam advanced to the semifinal round of Lincoln-Douglas debate, while sophomore Kory Anderson advanced to the octofinal round. Milam received the third place speaking award for Lincoln-Douglas, given to the top speakers from the entire pool of competitors.

The second half of the tournament swing was held at Otterbein University, where the team placed fifth in individual events. Grojean won second place in informative speaking and made it to the final round again in dramatic interpretation, placing fourth. Grojean’s duo with Taula earned fifth place. Taula also took sixth in poetry.

Milam again made it to elimination rounds of Lincoln-Douglas debate, advancing to the semifinal round. Sophomore Kristen Wright made it to the final round of debate, winning the tournament on a unanimous decision. Wright closed out her excellent performance with a championship title in extemporaneous speaking and a fifth place speaker award in Lincoln-Douglas.  Milam won the second place speaking trophy.

“Success at Otterbein is normally a great indicator of how well competitors can do at nationals. Having two debaters from the same school in semifinals, and to have one win, is a great accomplishment for our squad,” Assistant Director of Forensics Russ Luce noted.


The team next travels to St. Louis for the Webster University Gorlok Gala in January.

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