Truman Forensics Freshmen Premiere in Bethel College Speech and Debate Tournament

Freshmen speech and debate competitors met with substantial success at their first combined speech and debate tournament at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., from Oct. 10-12.

Along with select upperclassmen colleagues, the freshmen captured several awards, including a third place finish in debate sweepstakes and the tournament championship in novice parliamentary debate at the Sunflower-Sooner Swing, co-hosted by Bethel College and the University of Oklahoma.

Freshman Scott Brownfield and sophomore Robert Voyles captured the tournament championship in novice parliamentary debate, while their freshmen teammates, Steven Gott and Elizabeth Hatting, reached the quarterfinals in the open division of parliamentary debate. Gott was the fifth ranked speaker in the tournament.

In individual events competition, students secured three qualifications for the National Forensic Association championships in April by virtue of their performances.

Freshman Andrew Grojean took sixth in dramatic interpretation at the Bethel portion of the tournament, while Grojean and freshman partner Erin Williamson took fifth in duo interpretation at the University of Oklahoma tournament. They were joined by Hatting, who captured sixth place in persuasive speaking.

They join two other students who have already secured qualifications to the NFA tournament in the team’s first outing in September. Gott also secured a semifinal placement in impromptu speaking, but fell short of the threshold for Nationals qualification.
For more information about the program, please contact Kevin Minch, director of forensics, at 785.5677.

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