Successful spring tournaments for Truman Forensics

Successful spring tournaments for Truman Forensics

February 1, 2017

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) started the new year on the right foot with successful weekends at two regional tournaments. The team traveled to the Iowa Swing, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa and Simpson College on January 21 and 22, and to the Gorlock Gala, hosted by Webster University January 27 through January 29.

At the Iowa Swing, Truman State was one of 17 schools competing. Three students represented Truman Forensics in ten different speech events. Freshman Austin Sopko (communication) was named the Top Novice in impromptu speaking that weekend.

The Gorlock Gala, one of the largest tournaments of the year, was attended by 43 different schools in speech and debate activities. Sopko also represented the team at the Gorlock Gala, where he received an Excellence Award for scoring in the top 30% of after dinner speaking competitors. This also ranked Sopko high enough to receive the Top Novice award in the event. In other speech events, sophomore Johnathan Christy was a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.

In debate events at the Gorlock Gala, Johnathan Christy advanced to the octofinal round of Lincoln-Douglas debate in the varsity division. He was always named the 13th best speaker in the same division. Freshman Luke Frogge also had a successful debate weekend, scoring 6th best speaker in the junior varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas debate and making it to the final round, where he placed 2nd.

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 Forensics, Christopher Outzen at, or Craig Hennigan, Assistant Director of Forensics at

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