Truman Forensics Has Two Students In National Final Rounds

Mar 26, 2012 by     Comments Off on Truman Forensics Has Two Students In National Final Rounds    Posted under: Press Releases

The Truman State University speech and debate team traveled to Kansas City this past weekend to compete against 68 other universities in the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. Senior Andrew Grojean (Blue Springs, MO) brought home five individual awards, including seventh place overall—out of approximately 400 competitors.

Pi Kappa Delta is the speech and debate fraternal organization to which Truman belongs. It includes teams from all over the nation – from Boise State University to Western Kentucky University.

Besides taking home the seventh place overall trophy, Grojean advanced to the final round of informative speaking, placing fourth out of 86 competitors. Grojean earned sixth place in impromptu speaking out of 198 competitors. Grojean advanced to the quarterfinal round of duo interpretation with his partner, sophomore A.J. Taula (Independence, MO). Grojean also made it to quarterfinals in dramatic interpretation.

Sophomore Kristen Wright (Liberty, MO) made the final round of extemporaneous speaking, placing fifth out of 126 competitors. Taula had a second duo with sophomore partner Arielle-Long Seabra (Blue Springs, MO) that made it to the quarterfinal round, while Long-Seabra also quarterfinaled her dramatic interpretation.

Freshmen Alex Eichstadt (Blue Springs, MO) and Kate Pillen (Rochelle, IL) were given excellent awards—meaning they placed in the top 30% of the field in an event. Pillen earned excellent awards in both prose interpretation and poetry interpretation, while Eichstadt earned his in extemporaneous speaking.

The team also had success in open Lincoln-Douglas debate. Wright made it the semifinal round of debate, while also taking home a sixth place speaker award. Sophomore Myra Milam (Elkland, MO) advanced to the quarterfinal round and earned a fifth place speaker award.  Sophomore Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO) made it to the octofinal round and was the ninth place speaker. Freshman Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) also advanced to the octofinal round.

“This was a tough tournament in itself, and a great warm up for the upcoming National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament in April,” commented Director of Forensics Kristi Scholten.

This tournament brought the team’s regular season to a close. The National Championship Tournament will take place at Ohio University, April 19-23. The team has qualified 22 individual events entries and six debate entries for the tournament.

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PKD Team Photo - Truman Forensics

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