Truman Forensic Union Scores Big at National and Regional Tournaments

Students from Truman State University’s Forensic Union opened up their 2006-2007 schedule with great success at the Top of the Rockies Invitational in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 16-17, and at the Cardinal Classic Round Robin and Show-Me Invitational, both held in Liberty, Mo., Sept. 22-24.

At the Top of the Rockies Invitational, the team of Trevor Alexander, a senior economics major from Gladstone, Mo., and Stefani Wittenaeur, a senior communications major from Belleville, Ill., reached the double-octafinal elimination round in parliamentary debate before losing to a team from the United States Air Force Academy. Alexander and Dylan Rothermel, a junior economics major from Homewood, Ill., both reached the octafinal (“sweet 16”) round in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Truman’s regional season opener was a two-part event, with the team participating in both the Cardinal Classic Round Robin, hosted by William Jewell College, and the Show-Me Invitational, co-hosted by William Jewell College and Truman State University. Both events took place on the William Jewell campus in Liberty, Mo.

Sara Archer, a junior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., and Keith Schnakenberg, a senior political science major from Buffalo, Mo., represented Truman at the invitation-only Cardinal Classic Round Robin, Sept. 22. The pair reached the semifinal round of the Round Robin tournament before losing to a team from the Creighton University (Neb.).

The Show-Me Invitational witnessed three Truman parliamentary debate teams in elimination rounds. The junior varsity pair of Kevin Haynie, a sophomore political science major from St. Louis, and Nick Stephens, a freshman physics major from Arenzville, Ill., made the semifinals of their division. Rothermel and partner Mark Buchheit, a freshman history major from Carthage, Mo., reached octafinals of the varsity division along with Archer and Schnakenberg.

Schnakenberg and Haynie were the top individual finishers for Truman at the Show-Me Invitational, finishing as the ninth-best speaker in the varsity division, and the third-best speaker in the junior varsity division, respectively.

Truman shared third-place overall sweepstakes honors with Drury University at the tournament. 
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