Truman Forensic Union Stands Tall at University of Central Missouri

Dec 18, 2014 by     Comments Off on Truman Forensic Union Stands Tall at University of Central Missouri    Posted under: Press Releases

UCM 2014By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) attended its third tournament of the 2014-2015 with a lot of success to show for it. 13 members of the Truman Forensic Union traveled to Warrensburg, MO to compete at the annual swing tournament hosted by the University of Central Missouri. The weekend was split into two separate tournaments: the Missouri Mule and the Dale Carnegie Invitational.

The Missouri Mule, held on Saturday October 18, proved that the team was in their stride. In Lincoln-Douglas debate, 6 students advanced beyond preliminary rounds to elimination rounds. Junior Political Science major Mackenzie Barnes, sophomore Economics major Alec Hubbard, and junior Political Science major Sarah Muir each advanced to double octafinal rounds. Junior Political Science major Dillon Laaker and freshman Business Administration major Connor Stewart each advanced to the octafinal rounds. Sophomore History major Donald Richardson advanced all the way to the semi-final round. In individual speech events, sophomore Computer Science major Anson Long-Seabra made it to finals in Poetry Interpretation, where he took 1st place.

On Sunday, October 19, the success continued. Hubbard advanced past preliminary rounds in Lincoln-Douglas debate and reached octafinals. In individual events speech, Long-Seabra again made it to the final round of Poetry Interpretation and placed 3rd. However, Long-Seabra also made the final round of Afterdinner Speaking where he was unanimously ranked the top speaker, placing 1st in the event.

For several member of Truman Forensics, these successes also mean qualification for the national tournament hosted by the National Forensic Association in April. Long-Seabra’s wins qualified both his Poetry Interpretation and his Afterdinner Speaking to the national tournament. Barnes, Hubbard, Laaker, and Richardson also placed high enough to qualify for the national tournament in debate. However, Director of Individual Events Christopher Outzen, MFA, expanded upon the team success. “It’s always thrilling to bring home trophies, but our success is more than hardware. It’s in the passion these students bring to their advocacy. They get to showcase what they really care about, as well as the hard work and dedication that is emblematic of Truman State University.”

The Truman Forensic Union will split the November 8th and 9th weekend for their next tournaments. Debaters will travel to the inaugural Red Bird Invitational hosted by Illinois State University. The individual events team will travel to the Lynn Ross Invitational and Alumni Tournament hosted by Kansas State University.

Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience.  For more information on how to get involved, visit or contact Director of Individual Events, Christopher Outzen at, or Kevin Minch, Interim Director of Forensics at

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