Truman Speakers Place High in “Sleet and Snow Swing” Competition

The Truman Forensic Union braved the elements and took second in debate sweepstakes at the “Sleet and Snow Swing” tournaments in Seward, Neb.

The tournaments, hosted jointly by Concordia University and Wheaton College, took place the weekend of Jan. 19-21. Competitors from Truman had to top performances by students from Creighton University, the University of the Pacific, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and others to earn their second-place finish.

In addition, students took individual honors in both debate and individual speaking events. The first half of the weekend brought two parliamentary debate teams, comprised of Dylan Rothermel, a junior economics major from Homewood, Ill., and Mark Buchheit, a freshman history major from Carthage, Mo., and Trevor Alexander, a senior economics and English double major from Gladstone, Mo., and Stefani Wittenauer, a senior communication and political science double major from Belleville, Ill., to the octafinals, before losing to teams who went on to win the competition. This was sponsored by Concordia University.

Buchheit and Rothermel were ranked ninth and 10th in the tournament, respectively. Jessica Carr, a sophomore justice systems major from Park Hills, Mo., posted her first elimination round appearance in poetry interpretation and ranked seventh.

Truman posted an even stronger performance the second half of the weekend at the Wheaton tournament. Sara Archer, a senior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., and Kevin Haynie, a sophomore political science major from Bridgeton, Mo., and Rothermel and Buchheit debated their teams into the quarterfinals.

At this tournament Archer was ranked third speaker in the tournament, Haynie took fourth. Stephanie Howes, a freshman political science major from St. Louis, ranked fifth in the junior varsity division of parliamentary debate. Cherish Varley, a freshman theatre major from St. Louis, and Jamie Menown, a sophomore nursing major from Kansas City, Mo., earned a sixth place finish in duo interpretation. Prior to their duo interpretation, Varley placed second in poetry interpretation and Menown made her competitive debut with a fourth place finish in dramatic interpretation.

The team travels next the weekend of Feb. 2-4, dividing forces between invitationals in Salina, Kan., and San Diego, Calif. State and national championships are scheduled for late February and March.

The Forensics Team is open to any interested students, regardless of major. Visit the team’s office in Kirk Memorial for more information on how to participate in the 2007-2008 season.
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