TSU Forensic Union opens season with 1st place debate finish

TSU Forensic Union opens season with 1st place debate finish

October 6, 2014

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) opened its 2014-2015 season in September 2014 with notable successes in debate, securing the debate sweepstakes championship and securing four early-season qualifications for the National Forensic Association championships in April.

Sweepstakes is an overall tally of the performance of individual universities in debate competition, compiling the performances of all a school’s competitors.  Truman’s finish placed them ahead of regional competitors such as Illinois State and Hillsdale College, and against more far-removed contenders such as Lafayette College and the University of Kentucky.

Sophomore history major Donny Richardson (Independence, MO) began the weekend by reaching the final round of the second annual Western Kentucky Round Robin, an invitation-based tournament in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

During the open portion of the weekend, the Western Kentucky “Forensic Fiesta,” Freshman Political Science and History double-major, Kelsey Barnes (Liberty, MO) and freshman pre- Business Administration major, Connor Stewart (Lee’s Summit, MO) closed-out the final round of novice Lincoln-Douglas debate, sharing the tournament championship.  Freshman economics and computer science double-major, Elias Garcia (Independence, MO) reached semifinals of the novice division, having met teammate Barnes in the semifinal bracket.  Barnes was also ranked top speaker in the novice division.

In the open division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, senior math and computer science double-major, Max Highsmith (St. Louis, MO) reached quarterfinals while junior political science major Mackenzie Barnes (Liberty, MO) reached the octafinal round.  Sophomore Donny Richardson was ranked third speaker in the division.

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 forensics.truman.edu or contact Director of Individual Events, Christopher Outzen at coutzen@truman.edu, or Kevin Minch, Interim Director of Forensics at kminch@truman.edu.

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