Forensics Earns Multiple Awards at Virtual Tournament

Students from Truman’s Forensics Union attended virtual tournaments at Western Kentucky University and earned new qualifications in multiple events.

In individual events, Jackson Edler earned first place in impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. Ella Schake placed third in dramatic interpretation. Emma Rohrbach earned top novice in extemporaneous speaking. Jillian Humke and Larissa Wratney placed sixth place in duo interpretation.

In debate, only 10 were invited to the Rising Stars Round Robin, which is intended for debaters going into their second year of debate. Elijah Baum and Alicia Stout close out finals winning it all. Baum placed third in speaker and Stout placed as top speaker. Mary Cecil was also invited to the Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin, an exclusive club where only 10 debaters in the nation were able to participate.

Truman continued its success at the WKU Debate the following days. In open division, Cecil was a quarterfinalist and fourth speaker. Stout and Baum were also octafinalists. In JV division, Matt Kruse finished as a semifinalist with Rohrbach and Bartz as quarterfinalists. Rohrbach also finished as ninth speaker, Kruse as sixth speaker and Kathryn Hammock as fourth speaker. In novice division, Caroline Spiller placed third speaker and was a finalist in novice going 6-0 in prelim rounds. The team earned first place in debate, first place in combined debate and IE and third place in individual events.

Truman earned a total of 10 new qualifications to the National Forensics Association national tournament. The team will participate in its next virtual tournament at Lewis and Clark University for the Phil Hunt Invitational in October. Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Craig Hennigan at or Ben Davis at

Forensics Earns Multiple National Awards

Students from Truman’s forensics union attended the virtual National Forensics Association Championship, April 16-20. The team earned more awards than they have in the past 10 years.

In individual events, freshman Megan Ford earned second place nationally in top novice after dinner speaking. Junior Jackson Elder was an octofinalist in extemporaneous speaking. Freshman Ella Schnake placed as an octofinalist in prose as well as quarterfinalist in poetry. Freshmen Jillian Humke and Larissa Wratney placed as octofinalists in duo interpretation while junior Kayla Gerlt and senior Audrey Baker finished as quarterfinalists. The team earned eighth place overall in the Presidents II Division.

In the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Division, senior Cami Smith and freshmen Alicia Stout finished as triple octofinalists. Junior Macy Cecil advanced as well and finished as an octofinalist. The team earned ninth place nationally for Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

For more information on how to get involved, visit or contact Craig Hennigan at

Massive Success at MAFA

The Missouri Speech and Debate State Championships just concluded and your Truman State Bulldogs took home simply a massive amount of honors!
NPDA Parli Debate
  • Ella Schnake and Alicia Stout – Novice Missouri State Champions!
  • Elijah Baum and Macy Cecil – Open NPDA Semifinalists
  • 2nd Novice Speaker – Ella Schnake
  • 1st Novice Speaker Alicia Stout – Missouri State Champion!
  • 6th Open Speaker – Jackson Elder
  • 5th Open Speaker – Cami Smith
  • Novice Finalist – Elijah Baum
  • 2nd Novice Speaker – Elijah Baum
  • Open Quarterfinalist – Cami Smith
  • Open Semifinalist – Alicia Stout
  • 3rd Open Speaker – Cami Smith
Individual Events
  • Audrey Baker 1st Place Original Oratory (She will now compete nationally at the Interstate Oratory Contest!)
  • Jackson Elder- 1st place and Missouri State Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking!
  • Megan Ford – Top Novice and 5th Place in Communication Analysis, 6th place After Dinner Speaking.
  • Jillian Humke – 5th Place After Dinner Speaking
  • Maya Krump – 3rd Place After Dinner Speaking
  • Ella Schnake – 1st place and Top Novice and Missouri State Champion in Impromptu Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation; 4th place and Top Novice – Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Larissa Wratney – Top Novice and 2nd Place After Dinner Speaking, 4th Place Prose Interpretation
  • Kayla Gerlt/Audrey Baker – 1st place and Missouri State Champions – Duo Interpretation
  • Jillian Humke/Larissa Wratney – Top Novices and 3rd place – Duo Interpretation
  • 1st Place and Missouri State Champions in Debate Sweepstakes
  • 1st Place Overall “Quality Award” (An award given for points per entry).
  • 2nd Place Individual Events Sweepstakes Points
  • 2nd Place Overall Sweepstakes Points
  • Forensics Community Service Award went to Kevin Minch for his service to the speech and debate community.

Truman Forensics Gains More National Qualifications at Simpson/ISU

Truman State Forensics Union competed at two tournaments this past weekend at Simpson College and Illinois State University – Here’s some of the results!
  • Megan Ford – 4th Communication Analysis and 5th ADS
  • Larissa Wratney and Jillian Humke – 2nd Duo interpretation
  • Audrey Baker and Kayla Gerlt – 1st Duo interpretation
  • Larissa Wratney – 3rd ADS
  • Jillian Humke and Ella Schnake – 1st Duo Improv
  • Ella Schnake – 1st Dramatic Interpretation and 2nd Poetry Interp
  • Audrey Baker – 1st Prose
  • 4th place sweepstakes!