Forensics Earns National Qualifications at Recent Tournament

Truman’s speech squad competed at Illinois State University in their Back-to -the-Nest Swing Tournament. The weekend was split into two tournaments, one on Oct. 1 and one on Oct. 2. The tournament featured a special division, quadrathon, which combined competitors with at least four events across two genres (public address, interpretation and/or limited prep). Each Truman competitor earned at least one qualification to NFA nationals.

Senior Maya Krump was the day two informative speaking champion, and third place finalist on day one. She earned her qualification to nationals. On day one, junior Megan Ford placed second in after dinner speaking and communication analysis, which earned her a national’s qualification. She also placed second in quadrathon. On day two she finished sixth in communication analysis and prose interpretation as well as fifth in quadrathon.

Freshman Alex Peterson placed second and third in persuasion respectively, which earned a national’s qualification. On day one, freshman Briggs Maynor placed third in dramatic interpretation, earning a nationals qualification, and fifth in program oral interpretation. He also placed fourth in program oral interpretation the following day which earned him a national’s qualification. The team finished fourth in overall sweepstakes.

The speech team will participate in its next tournament at the University of Central Missouri, Oct. 7-9. Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at

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