Truman forensics rocks the Iowa Swing

Truman forensics rocks the Iowa Swing

January 30, 2018

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) sent two speech competitors to Indianola, IA, to compete at the Iowa Swing tournament, hosted by Simpson College and the University of Northern Iowa. Both students made final rounds and sophomore Austin Sopko earned 2nd Place in individual sweepstakes for the whole weekend.

At the Simpson Storm half of the tournament held on day 1, Sopko reached finals in all four of his events, including dramatic interpretation, impromptu speaking, persuasive speaking, and poetry interpretation. He would go on to place 6th in drama, 5th in poetry, 5th in persuasion, and 2nd in impromptu speaking. For day 1, Sopko was named 3rd in individual sweepstakes.

At the Bill Henderson Invitational half of the tournament held on day 2, first year Travis Stahlman reached his first final round in college forensics, placing 7th in informative speaking. Sopko continued his streak of success and once again reached finals in all four events, a 100% record for the weekend. He would go on to place 5th in dramatic interpretation, 4th in poetry interpretation, 2nd in impromptu speaking, and 2nd in persuasive speaking. Sopko was named 2nd in individual sweepstakes for the day and was shortly after announced as 2nd in individual sweepstakes for the whole two day tournament.

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 Craig Hennigan, Assistant Director of Forensics at chennigan@truman.edu.

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