Truman Forensics warms up for nationals

Truman Forensics warms up for nationals

February 27, 2017

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) concluded its regular season competition with a small crew at the Big Red Bird Lincoln-Douglas Debate tournament, hosted at Illinois State University, February 25 and 26. This tournament is often considered to be the national warm-up tournament for debate.

With only two competitors traveling this weekend, the team picked up enough wins to earn third in debate sweepstakes. First year Caleb Daniels advanced to the octofinal round of the varsity division in Lincoln-Douglas debate based on a strong preliminary round showing. His teammate, first year Luke Frogge, also picked up several wins in the varsity division, contributing to the sweepstakes award. Their excellent showing at the tournament marks the end of the regular forensics season.

Truman Forensics is now ready to turn its attention to the National Forensic Association Championship Tournament in mid-April, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. We would like to congratulate all of our students who achieved national qualifications this year who will now be preparing, practicing, and continuing to warm-up for the nationals season.

This year our national qualifiers include Mahliyah Adkins-Threats (afterdinner speaking, poetry interpretation), Tyler Behymer (LD debate), Johnathan Christy (LD debate, extemporaneous speaking), Caleb Daniels (LD debate), Luke Frogge (LD debate), Jared Roberts (LD debate, extemporaneous speaking), Jonathan Rogers (impromptu speaking), Austin Sopko (afterdinner speaking, impromptu speaking), Connor Stewart (LD debate), and Adrien Zambrano (prose interpretation, impromptu speaking).

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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