Truman State University Debate Team Wins National Championship
The Truman State University speech and debate team returned from the National Forensic Association Championship Tournament this week with a national championship title in Lincoln-Douglas debate team sweepstakes. The team also earned sixth place in individual events team sweepstakes in Division II.
The national championship was held April 19-23 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The tournament brought together 65 individual events teams and 18 debate teams from universities across the nation to compete.
To win the debate title, Truman State University brought down the reigning champion Western Kentucky University who has won the last eight championships. This year marks the first time Truman has won the National Championship at the National Forensic Association tournament.
Sophomore Myra Milam (Elkland, MO) and freshman Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) both advanced to the semifinal round of Lincoln-Douglas debate, out of a pool of 75 debaters. This puts each competitor in the top four in the nation.
Additionally, Milam earned the fourth place speaker award, while Ebert took home the eighth place speaker award. These awards are given to debaters who show talent in public speaking and argumentation skills and are separate from win/loss records.
Sophomore Kristen Wright (Liberty, MO) also took home a speaker award, earning fifth place. Both Wright and sophomore John Carney (Overland Park, KS) broke into the first round of single elimination—but did not advance past the double-octofinal round. This puts them both in the top 32 in the field of debaters.
The individual events team earned sixth place overall in Division II. The nine individual events competitors from Truman filled 22 event slots at the tournament. Junior Jessica Petrie (Millstadt, IL) advanced to the semifinal round of impromptu speaking. There were a total of 168 competitors in this event, and a semifinal round finish puts Petrie in the top 12 in the nation.