Truman Captures Multiple Honors at William Jewell Tournament

Debaters from Truman State University’s Forensic Union captured five separate honors the weekend of Sept. 21-23, including a third place finish in debate sweepstakes at the Georgia B. Bowman Invitational Debate Tournament at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., finished first and second, respectively. 

Mark Buchheit, a sophomore history major from Carthage, Mo., lead the Truman contingent with a quarterfinal finish in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Teammates reaching the octafinal (“sweet sixteen”) round of the Lincoln-Douglas included Sarah Backhaus, a freshman political science major from Liberty, Mo., and Dylan Clark, a freshman political science major from Maryland Heights, Mo.

Christopher Girouard, a junior communication major from Chesterfield, Mo., and Sara Archer, senior accounting major from Riverside, Mo., completed their weekend with an octafinal finish in open parliamentary debate. They also participated in William Jewell’s Cardinal Classic Round Robin, an invitation-only tournament taking place before the commencement of the Bowman Invitational. The Cardinal Classic involves 10 of the nation’s top debate teams, issued invitations after a bid process. This is the fourth consecutive year Truman has been represented at the event. 
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