Forensics Team Finishes Season with National Honors

The Truman Forensic Union earned top debate honors at the National Forensic Association’s national championship tournament hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., April 18-22.

Myra Milam, a junior communication disorders major, was awarded the first place speaker award in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Division, topping 67 qualifying speakers from around the country. Milam also reached the final round of single-elimination competition, taking second. This marks the first time that a Truman student has won the first place speaker award or competed in the final debate of the tournament.

Maddie Ebert, sophomore political science major and Milam’s teammate, reached the octafinal or “sweet sixteen” round of the tournament. Nick Gorman, junior economics major, reached the double-octafinal round. Gorman was also ranked the 10th best speaker in the tournament. The team placed third overall in the nation in sweepstakes competition, a cumulative measure of performance among all Lincoln-Douglas competitors.

Qualifiers for the national tournament contributing to these team awards, in addition to Milam, Ebert and Gorman, include: Mackenzie Barnes, Alex Bisges, Blake Bixler, Codi Caton, David Cook, Alex Gregor, Max Highsmith, Dillon Laaker, Arielle Long-Seabra and Sarah Muir.

This concludes the competitive season for the Forensic Union.

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