Truman Forensics brings home tournament championships!

Truman Forensics brings home tournament championships!

November 5, 2018

By Chris Outzen, Director of Forensics

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) brought home four tournament championships, among multiple other awards, from the annual Missouri Mule/Dale Carnegie Swing, hosted by the University of Central Missouri in late October. The team took 3rd in Individual Events at both the Mule and the Carnegie tournaments, were tournament champions in Overall Sweepstakes for the Carnegie, and placed 3rd in Combined Individual Events sweepstakes across both tournaments.

In individual events on Saturday during the Missouri Mule, junior Austin Sopko was named tournament champion in Afterdinner Speaking. He also placed 3rd in Impromptu Speaking and 7th in Communication Analysis. First-year Korrin Comley also picked up a tournament championship in Informative Speaking, which also made her the Top Novice in the event. First-year Will Henrickson advanced to finals of Dramatic Interpretation and placed 5th. He was also named Top Novice in Extemporaneous Speaking. Junior Rebecca Walker advanced to Afterdinner finals with Sopko and placed 5th.

During the Dale Carnegie, Sopko once again advanced to finals in all three of his events. He would end up placing 3rd in Communication Analysis, 4th in Afterdinner Speaking, and 6th in Impromptu Speaking. Comley also advanced again in Informative Speaking, placing 2nd and once again earning Top Novice. Henrickson reached finals in Extemporaneous Speaking and placed 3rd, once again earning Top Novice in the event. Finally, Walker also returned to Afterdinner finals and placed 5th.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, senior Johnathan Christy earned a tournament championship during the Saturday Missouri Mule by advancing through 4 elimination rounds and then defeating his finals opponent on a 3-0 judge’s decision. Christy was also named 6th speaker in varsity LD debate. Senior Tyler Behymer and sophomore Peyton Gilbert also had good tournaments, with Behymer finishing as a semifinalist and Gilbert as an octofinalist. Additionally, sophomore Eric Martin picked up a winning record in the junior varsity division of LD debate but fell just short of advancing to the final. Martin was named 6th speaker in the division and first year Michael Garrett was named 4th speaker. On Sunday, Christy once again advanced to elimination rounds, this time finishing as a quarterfinalist. He also completed his tournament as a 3rd speaker in varsity LD.

After a very successful weekend at the University of Central Missouri, Truman Forensics picked up six national qualifications for the NFA Championship Tournament, including Comley in Informative, Henrickson in Drama and Extemporaneous Speaking, Martin in Lincoln-Douglas debate, Sopko in Communication Analysis, and Walker in Afterdinner Speaking. After only three tournament weekends, the team already has earned 20 qualifications to nationals.

Truman Forensics will return to competition with the Fall Redbird LD Swing, hosted by Illinois State University in mid-November.

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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