Forensic Union Strikes in Stockton

A small contingent of the Truman Forensic Union visited the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., Nov. 11-13 to attend the Pat Kennedy Memorial Round Robin and the Paul Winters Invitational, both of which saw notable Truman victories.

The Pat Kennedy Memorial Round Robin, held Nov. 11, is an invitation-only tournament to which 12 of the nation’s most prominent debate teams receive bids. Truman’s team of Meghana Kunkala, a senior biology major from Chino, Calif., and Dylan Rothermel, a sophomore economics major from Homewood, Ill., reached the semifinals of the Round Robin (third place), making the pair’s second appearance at the semifinal level in Round Robins. The first being at William Jewell College in October. This is the third Round Robin Truman has received a bid to this season—the most ever in a season for the squad.

The Kunkala and Rothermel pair continued their successes at the Paul Winters Invitational, also hosted by Pacific, Nov. 12-13, reaching the quarterfinals (or top eight) of a 65 team field. Additionally, Kunkala placed third in both extemporaneous speaking and rhetorical criticism. This overall performance, as well as performances posted by Rothermel and teammate Trevor Alexander, a senior economics and English double major from Gladstone, Mo., put Truman in second place in “small school sweepstakes,” an award honoring teams with the best combined debate and individual events entries that had relatively small entries.

This concludes the fall schedule for the team, which will resume competition in January with invitational tournaments at Northwest Missouri State and the University of Utah.
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