Speech and Debate Team Earn Multiple Awards

The speech team attended the 75th annual L.E. Norton Memorial tournament hosted by Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where a total of 244 students were present competing in more than 639 entries.

• Freshman Briggs Maynor placed sixth in novice program oral interpretation.
• Freshman Alex Peterson placed second in novice impromptu speaking and communication analysis, fourth in novice persuasion, fifth in novice after dinner speaking and was semifinalist, top 12, in novice prose.
• Freshman Jessie Philips finished third in novice poetry.
• Junior Ella Schnake finished fifth in varsity dramatic interpretation, and was a semifinalist in varsity prose and poetry.
• Also in attendance at the Norton Tournament were juniors Megan Ford and Jillian Humke and freshmen Anna Hans and Brynna Seim.

In Bloomington-Normal, debaters competed in Lincoln-Douglas at the Redbird Debate Tournament hosted by Illinois State University. Freshman Aiden Breesawitz was an octafinalist, and junior Alicia Stout was the tournament champion, earning her place as second speaker.
Junior debater Elijah Baum and freshman Daniel Nzoiwu were also present at the Redbird.

Any alumni interested in judging, or students interested in joining the Forensics Union, should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at bdavis@truman.edu or Parker Hopkins, assistant director of forensics, at phopsdebate@gmail.com.

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