Truman Forensics Named Third in the Nation

Truman State University’s Forensic Union was named third in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate sweepstakes at the 2015 National Forensic Association Championship Tournament, hosted by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Two students advanced to elimination rounds this year. Mackenzie Barnes and Dillon Laaker, both juniors, advanced to the quarterfinal rounds of debate, placing them as two of the top eight Lincoln-Douglas debaters in the nation. Additionally, Barnes was awarded a ninth place speaker award, placing her in the top 10 Lincoln-Douglas speakers in the nation.

This national tournament represents months of hard work by individual and Lincoln-Douglas debate competitors, culminating in a competition against their peers on the national level. This year, Truman Forensics took a total of 10 students to nationals. Truman forensics has now completed their travels for this academic year.
Participation in the forensics program is open to any Truman student in good standing, regardless of prior speech and debate experience. For more information on how to get involved, visit or contact Christopher Outzen, director of individual events, at, or Kevin Minch, interim director of forensics at

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