Truman Forensics earns high honors in St. Louis

Truman Forensics earns high honors in St. Louis

February 7, 2020

By Truman Forensic Union Faculty/Staff

Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) competed at the annual Gorlok Gala speech and debate tournament, hosted by Webster University in St. Louis, in January. The team returned to campus with multiple awards.

In individual event speaking, senior Austin Sopko earned 4th place in pentathlon, a category for students who achieve well-rounded success in at least five different speaking events. Sopko placed 2nd in afterdinner speaking and 2nd in duo interpretation, the latter he shared with junior Audrey Baker. Baker and Sopko also earned an excellence award in improvisational pairs, meaning that they were in the top 30 percent of competitors in the event. Baker also earned an excellence award in persuasive speaking. Senior Rebecca Walker reached finals with her persuasive speech, earning 4th place. Additionally, in debate sophomore Jackson Elder was named the 16th best speaker in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate.

The team will travel next to the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities Championship Tournament February 13-15 at Crowder College in Neosho, MO.

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