State Championship Awarded to Truman Debate Team

Feb 26, 2014 by     Comments Off on State Championship Awarded to Truman Debate Team    Posted under: Press Releases

Truman State University’s speech and debate team brought back 18 trophies from the State Championship Tournament at University of Central Missouri.

The team entered 8 people Lincoln-Douglas debate and 6 teams in Parliamentary debate and took home first place in overall debate sweepstakes. In open Lincoln-Douglas debate Seniors Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) and Myra Milam (Ekland, MO) closed out the final round becoming state co-champions. Milam also earned a First Place Speaker Award. Senior Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO) made it to the semifinal rounds and also received a Third Place Speaker Award. Senior John Carney (Overland Park, KS) made it to the quarterfinal round.

In open Parliamentary debate, Ebert and Milam placed fourth with Milam receiving a Third Place Speaker Award. Gorman and Senior Kristen Wright (Liberty, MO) advanced to the semifinal round. In novice parliamentary debate, competing in their very first debate tournament, Freshmen Alec Hubbard (Crestwood, MO) and Adrien Zambrano (Jefferson City, MO) took first place becoming state champions.

The team excelled in individual events as well. Wright led the team in speech events and became the state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking by placing first. Wright also took third in Communication Analysis and made it to semifinals in Impromptu Speaking. Junior Max Highsmith (St. Louis, MO) placed second in After Dinner Speaking. Sophomore Dillon Laaker (Omaha, NE) made it to semifinals of Impromptu Speaking and placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Junior Blake Bixler (Lee’s Summit, MO) and Sophomore Reed Spurgeon (St. Louis, MO) both made it to semifinals of Impromptu Speaking. Senior Arielle Long-Seabra (Blue Springs, MO) placed sixth in Prose. Freshman Maple Atkins-Threats (Peoria, IL) placed third in Poetry and also earned the top novice award in Poetry.

Additionally, the team placed third in the overall sweepstakes award, which includes both debate and individual events.

“It was quite an experience to be able to work so hard as a team and succeed,” Atkins-Threats said. “Each person’s participation added to the overall success of the team, whether it was debating, performing, or just being there as support in the audience.”

If you have any questions about Speech and Debate participation, please contact Director Kristi Scholten at


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