Forensics Team Among Best in Nation

Forensics Team Among Best in Nation

May 1, 2019

Among more than 90 schools competing in both speech and debate activities at the National Forensic Association Championship hosted in the Santa Ana, Calif., School District, the Truman forensic union placed third in the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Twelve students traveled to the competition, and three Truman’s debaters placed among the top 16 in the nation. Senior Tyler Bahymer, senior Johnathon Christy and sophomore Peyton Gilbert each advanced to the elimination rounds before finishing as national octafinalists.

Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. Interested in getting involved? Visit

Truman Debate Team

Members of the forensic union at the National Forensic Association Championship. Top row, from left: Macy Cecil, Michael Garrett, Peyton Gilbert, Johnathan Christy, Cami Smith, Tyler Behymer, Jackson Elder and Alexis Cook. Bottom row, from left: Rebecca Walker, Austin Sopko, Audrey Baker and Will Henrickson.