Truman Forensics Takes Third in Debate at Dale Carnegie Swing

Truman’s Forensic Union took home third place in debate sweepstakes Oct. 17-18, and earned some great individual successes.

The team attended the Missouri Mule/Dale Carnegie Swing hosted by the Talking Mules of the University of Central Missouri. The tournament consisted of two separate tournaments, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
On the Saturday of the Missouri Mule, freshman Jack Eames made it to quarterfinals in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate and was named third-best speaker in the same category. Senior Alec Hubbard was named fourth-best speaker in the open division of Lincoln-Douglas. Junior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats made it to finals in two of her speech events, placing fifth in afterdinner speaking and sixth in poetry interpretation.
On the Sunday of the Dale Carnegie Swing, Adkins-Threats returned to poetry interpretation finals and placed fourth. Hubbard advanced to the octofinal round of Lincoln-Douglas and was joined by senior Dillon Laaker and sophomore Connor Stewart. Eames made his return to elimination rounds of novice Lincoln-Douglas and took home the first place speaker award and first place in the final round. This is also when Truman Forensics was awarded third in debate sweepstakes.  
The team will next travel to Huntington, W.Va., to compete in the Chief Justice Invitational hosted by Marshall University, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  
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 forensics, at, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics, at

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