Truman Forensics Starts Year Strong

Truman’s Forensic Union started its 2015-16 competitive season off with a small but mighty crew, placing highly in the Western Kentucky University Fall Fiesta, Sept. 18-20.

The team had six competitors represented at the tournament and proved to be a strong contender, placing third in Debate Team Sweepstakes and third in Overall Team Sweepstakes, a category for teams competing in both speech and debate events.
In addition to these team awards, several individuals were recognized for their excellence. Freshman Tia Frey was awarded Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation in a field of tough varsity competition. Freshmen Tyler Behymer and Johnathan Christy also stood out in the varsity division, with both reaching elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Behymer made it to octofinals and Christy reached quarterfinals.
After an excellent opening weekend, the team turns its attention to the Derryberry Memorial tournament Oct. 1, hosted by Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.
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 Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics, at