Forensics speaks strong in St. Louis

Forensics speaks strong in St. Louis

February 1, 2019

By Chris Outzen, Director of Forensics

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) brought home two tournament championships in debate and numerous other awards at the 21st annual Gorlok Gala, hosted by Webster University in St. Louis. In a field of 42 schools from 17 different states, Truman Forensics had its best performance at this tournament in at least 5 years.

In individual events, sophomore Audrey Baker and junior Austin Sopko placed 2nd in duo interpretation. Baker also reached finals in two other events, placing 4th in program oral interpretation and 5th in afterdinner speaking. Sopko also finaled afterdinner speaking and placed 4th. Additionally, Sopko was recognized as being in the top 30% of the impromptu speaking field. First year Korrin Comley reached finals of informative speaking, picking up 3rd and the top novice award. She also received 4th and top novice in communication analysis. Finally, first year Will Henrickson earned 6th place and top novice in dramatic interpretation.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, first year Macy Cecil earned the championship in the junior varsity division in a 2-1 decision against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Morgan McGee. Joining her in the junior varsity elimination rounds was first-year Michael Garrett, who finished as a quarterfinalist. The two were slated against each other on the bracket and Cecil advanced due to preliminary round seeding. In addition to their elimination round status, Garrett earned 6th best speaker in the division and Cecil placed third.

In varsity Lincoln-Douglas, senior Johnathan Christy was named top speaker in the division out of over 60 competitors. He also finished as a quarterfinalist. Fellow senior Tyler Behymer also finished as a quarterfinalist. Finally, sophomore Cami Smith was named 8th best speaker in the division.

With a  fantastic Gorlok under our belts, Truman Forensics now turns our sights on the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities Championship Tournament on February 22nd and 23rd, also hosted by Webster University.

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