Forensics Team Claims Third Place

The Forensic Union traveled to the University of Central Missouri Oct. 15-16 to compete at the Missouri Mule and Dale Carnegie Swing, earning six qualifications for nationals in April.

With 10 competitors, the team brought home second place debate sweepstakes for the Dale Carnegie part of the weekend and third in overall debate sweepstakes for the whole weekend.

Freshman Thomas Segroves placed second in the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas debate after making it to elimination rounds with a perfect preliminary record. Segroves was also recognized as the third-best speaker in the division. Senior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats placed fifth in afterdinner speaking, and senior Adrien Zambrano placed fifth in impromptu speaking and second in prose interpretation.

Adkins-Threats returned to afterdinner speaking finals and placed third. She also advanced to poetry interpretation finals and placed sixth. Sophomore Johnathan Christy was recognized as the sixth-best speaker in open Lincoln-Douglas debate. Junior Connor Stewart earned a perfect preliminary record in Lincoln-Douglas and ended the day as an octofinalist. In novice Lincoln-Douglas, Segroves returned to elimination rounds with Luke Frogge. Both advanced through semifinals to close out the final round. Frogge was recognized as the second-best speaker in the division while Segroves was first.

Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit or contact Christopher Outzen, director of forensics, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.

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