Truman speech and debate takes second place at UCM competition

Truman speech and debate takes second place at UCM competition

October 30, 2013

Truman State University’s speech and debate team travelled to the University of Central Missouri to compete in their second tournament of the season. A “swing” tournament, the weekend contained two tournaments, one held on Saturday and the other on Sunday, with overall awards for both tournaments distributed at the end.

The debate team, placing second in overall debate sweepstakes, also earned several individual awards. On the first day of competition, senior Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) placed first in Lincoln-Douglas debate and earned a Third Place Speaker Award. The rest of the debate team experienced success: senior Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO) made it to quarterfinals and earned the First Speaker Award; Freshman Donny Richardson (Blue Springs, MO), sophomore Mackenzie Barnes (Liberty, MO), and seniors Myra Milam (Ekland, MO) and John Carney (Overland Park, KS) all competed in Octofinals.

On the individual events side, senior Kristen Wright (Liberty, MO) placed fourth in Rhetorical Criticism and freshman Maple Adkins-Threats (Peoria, Illinois) placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking.

On the second day of the tournament, Richardson again entered elimination rounds, competing in Semifinals. Gorman also competed in quarterfinals, and Milam and Ebert both competed in Octofinals in debate. Ebert took the first place Speaker Award, Milam received second, and Gorman third, sweeping the top three spots.

In individual events, Wright placed third in rhetorical criticism and fifth in extemporaneous speaking. Atkins-Threats placed fourth in After Dinner Speaking and sophomore Max Highsmith (St. Louis, MO) placed sixth.