Truman Forensics Students Criss-Cross the Nation, Capture More Honors

Members of the Truman Forensic Union added seven new honors to this year’s growing list recently, taking home awards at three separate tournaments in Illinois and California.

Debaters from the squad took some six awards at the Pat Kennedy Memorial Round Robin and the Paul Winters Invitational, both hosted by the University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), Nov. 9-11. Dylan Rothermel, a senior economics major from Homewood, Ill., and Mark Buchheit, a sophomore history major from Carthage, Mo., reached the semifinals of the invitation-only Round Robin tournament on Nov. 9, before losing to a team from Rice University–the eventual champions. Only 12 teams from across the nation are invited to attend this tournament each year, and this is the third consecutive appearance the team has had in the tournament’s elimination rounds. In the march to elimination rounds, Buchheit and Rothermel defeated several nationally-prominent teams including the team from the University of California-Berkeley.

Additionally, all three attending Truman debate teams reached elimination rounds of the Paul Winters Invitational, on Nov. 10-11. Andrew Kindiger, a freshman English major from Kansas City, Mo., and Barbara Gillard, a freshman political science major from Jackson, Mo., reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Varsity division of the tournament, with Kindiger ranking as the top speaker in that division. In the Varsity division, Rothermel and Buchheit were joined by Sarah Backhaus, a freshman political science major from Liberty, Mo., and Dylan Clark, a freshman political science and philosophy and religion double major from Maryland Heights, Mo., in the first elimination round–the double-octafinal round. Buchheit narrowly missed earning a speaker award in the Varsity division, placing 11th.

Clark was also an octafinalist (“sweet 16”) in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Forty-two colleges and universities from throughout the United States attended the tournament.

Continuing the streak of freshman success, Rebecca Tasetano, a freshman political science major from Liberty, Mo., reached the final round of novice poetry interpretation at the Bradley University, LE Norton Invitational, Nov. 4.
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