Truman Forensics produces tournament champ in Sacramento!

Truman Forensics produces tournament champ in Sacramento!

March 5, 2018

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) traveled to Sacramento State University in California for the Hornet Cup in early March. With only a crew of four debaters, the team took second in debate sweepstakes and senior communication major Kelsey Barnes was named tournament champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate!

Barnes started the tournament with an impressive 6-0 preliminary round record. This was strong enough to push her all the way to the semi-final round immediately. There she won her semi-final round on a 3-0 decision from the judging panel. In the final round, Barnes faced off against Alex Rivera of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and defeated him in a 2-1 decision. This means that Barnes only lost a single ballot for the entire tournament, an impressive feat by any measure. Additionally, Barnes was named 5th best speaker at the tournament.

Joining Barnes as quarterfinalists were juniors Tyler Behymer and Johnathan Christy. Behymer won his octofinal round to advance to quarterfinals, but finished as a quarterfinalist to WKU’s Rivera who moved on to the final. Christy also won his octofinal round but the bracket created a pairing against Barnes in his quarterfinal. Because of her strong preliminary round scores, Barnes was chosen to advance over Christy and he finishes as a quarterfinalist.

With an impressive showing at our final regular season tournament, Truman Forensics begins preparation for nationals. The team will be attending the National Forensic Association Championship Tournament in April hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This year the team earned 22 national qualifications and will be represented by 14 students. If you know a Truman Forensics student, wish them luck as we prepare for a banner year at nationals.

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

Chris Outzen, MFA
Director of Forensics & Instructor of Communication
Truman State University

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