Truman Forensics Continues National Debate Success

The forensic union, Truman’s speech and debate team, attended the National Forensic Association’s Championship Tournament, April 13-18, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Competing among 75 schools, the eight Truman students that attended earned eighth in the nation in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate. In the individual awards, sophomore Johnathan Christy advanced to the double-octofinal round of LD debate, placing him in the top 32 competitors in the nation. This is Christy’s second national elimination round as a member of Truman forensics.

In addition to these successful recognitions, Chris Outzen, director of forensics, was elected to be an at-large representative on the National Forensic Association national council. This marks the first time a member of Truman forensics held a position on the national council.

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 Outzen or Craig Hennigan, assistant director of forensics.

Members of Truman’s forensics program participated in the national championship tournament in Wisconsin. Pictured, left to right: Kevin Minch, Johnathan Christy, Caleb Daniels, Austin Sopko, Luke Frogge, Mahliyah Adkins-Threats, Tyler Behymer, Craig Hennigan, Connor Stewart, Adrien Zambrano and Chris Outzen.
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