This past week the Truman forensics team competed virtually at the Gorlok Gala Speech and Debate tournament, hosted by Webster University.

Thirteen students competed, leading to tournament recognition and many individual honors. At this tournament, students who entered into at least four speech categories across all three speech genres – public address, interpretation and limited preparation – were entered into a special pentathlon sweepstakes.

Placements are as follows:

•    Senior Macy Cecil was a semifinalist in open Lincoln-Douglas debate and was awarded 14th speaker.
•    Sophomore Alicia Stout was a quarterfinalist in open Lincoln-Douglas debate.
•    Freshman Caroline Spiller was a quarterfinalist in Junior Lincoln-Douglas debate
•    Freshman Megan Trent was awarded second place speaker in Novice Lincoln-Douglas debate.
•    Senior Jackson Elder placed third in impromptu speaking and was awarded excellence in after dinner speaking.
•    Sophomore Megan Ford placed sixth in prose.
•    Senior Kayla Gerlt placed third in pentathlon sweepstakes, fifth in prose and was awarded excellence in after dinner speaking and dramatic interpretation.
•    Sophomore Jillian Humke placed fourth in pentathlon sweepstakes.
•    Freshman Emma Rohrbach placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking.
•    Sophomore Ella Schnake placed second in program oral interpretation, second in dramatic interpretation, fifth in impromptu speaking and was awarded excellence in prose.
•    Sophomore Larissa Wratney placed fifth in dramatic interpretation.
•    Wratney and Humke placed second in duo interpretation.

The team’s combined points led to a third-place finish in individual events and overall sweepstakes out of 44 schools.

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