Debaters Win Central States Tournament

Freshman members of the Truman Forensic Union won the parliamentary debate novice division of the Central States Forensics Tournament, co-hosted by Metropolitan Community College-Longview and Truman on the Longview campus, Oct. 26-28.  

Toby Hausner, a freshman from Platte Woods, Mo., and Andrew Kindiger, a freshman from Liberty, Mo., captured the novice division championship after defeating a team from Longview in the final round, and a team from McKendree University (Lebanon, Ill.) in the semifinals. Hausner was ranked top-speaker in the division, followed by Kindiger in second. The Truman team of William Franks, a freshman from Albany, Mo., and Rebecca Tasetano, a freshman from Liberty, Mo., reached the semifinals before falling to the Longview team that would eventually face Hausner and Kindiger. This was the first college debate tournament for Hausner, Franks and Tasetano.

In individual events competition, Kindiger placed sixth in extemporaneous speaking, qualifying himself for the National Forensic Association championship tournament in individual events in April.

Individual events competitors traveled to Bradley University’s LE Norton Invitational, Nov. 3-4, followed by debate team travel to the University of the Pacific the following weekend.
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