Truman Forensics continues national debate success

Truman Forensics continues national debate success

April 19, 2017

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) attended the National Forensic Association’s (NFA) Championship Tournament on April 13th through April 18th, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eight students traveled to the competition where Truman State University was among 75 schools competing in both speech and debate activities.

With these 8 students, Truman Forensics took 8th in the nation in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate. In individual awards, sophomore Johnathan Christy advanced to the double-octofinal round of LD, placing him in the top 32 competitors in the nation. This is Christy’s second national elimination round as a member of Truman Forensics.

In addition to competitive success, Director of Forensics Chris Outzen was elected to be an at-large representative on the NFA national council by the NFA community. This marks the first time a member of Truman Forensics has held a position on the national council.

With a great showing at nationals, Truman Forensics can now close the 2016-2017 chapter of its history. It has been a fantastic year for us and we thank you all for your support over this past year. We will be taking a little break to finish out the semester and then preparation for 2017-2018 can begin.

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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