Forensics Team Achieves Three National Qualifications

The speech and debate team took home three new national qualifications at Marshall University’s annual Chief Justice and Pi Kappa Delta Southeast Prince tournament, Oct. 29-30.

Junior Connor Stewart was a quarterfinalist in the varsity division of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Sophomore Jared Roberts won the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, qualifying the event for nationals. He was further noted as the sixth-best speaker in the division. Roberts also competed in the novice division of extemporaneous speaking, where he placed second, qualifying another event for nationals.

Freshman Austin Sopko placed fifth in afterdinner speaking and was recognized as the top novice in the event. Senior Mahliyah Adkins-Threats placed sixth in afterdinner speaking finals and also advanced to finals in poetry interpretation, where she placed third. 

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, or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.