Truman Debate is Top 5 in the Nation!

Apr 27, 2016 by     Comments Off on Truman Debate is Top 5 in the Nation!    Posted under: Press Releases


Truman Forensics Nationals Photo

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) is once again in the top 5 Lincoln-Douglas debate programs in the nation. The team competed at the 2016 National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament this past week and came home with 5th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate Sweepstakes. Truman Forensics has been a top 5 debate program nationally every year since 2010, when they placed 4th.


In addition to a strong sweepstakes placing, the team broke 4 debaters to elimination rounds. Senior Dillon Laaker and freshman Jack Eames both advanced to double-octofinals, ranking them in the top 32 LD debaters nationally. Freshmen Johnathan Christy and Tyler Behymer advanced to octofinals, ranking them in the top 16. Laaker also was awarded 9th speaker, meaning he was recognized as one of the top 10 debate speakers in the nation.


Finally, it is also important to note that one of Truman Forensics’ alumni was given special recognition at the tournament. Shane Mecham, who competed for Truman between 1997 and 2001, was inducted into the NFA Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for those who demonstrated excellence in competition and have continued to support forensics in their career and community work. The team is thrilled to call Shane an alumnus of Truman Forensics and of the university.


This marks the end of Truman Forensics’ competitive season, but the team has already been generating ideas for the upcoming year. If you know a member of the Truman Forensic Union, please congratulate them on a fantastic year. They have worked hard all year and the result has been an exceptional representation of Truman 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 Craig Hennigan, Assistant Director of Forensics at

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