Forensics Earns Multiple Awards at Recent Tournaments


The speech team competed in person at Bradley University’s 76th L. E. Norton Tournament in Peoria, Illinois, while the debate team participated virtually at Illinois State’s Redbird Debate Tournament.

At the Norton Speech Tournament, two Truman competitors advanced to the semifinals, senior Ella Schnake in prose and sophomore Alexis Peterson in impromptu speaking. Schnake also secured the position of tournament runner-up in dramatic interpretation, earning her qualification for the National Forensics Tournament (NFA) in DI. Other teammates in attendance included senior students Megan Ford and Jillian Humke, as well as sophomores Briggs Maynor and Jessie Philips.

At the ISU debate tournament, seniors Alicia Stout and Elijah Baum advanced to elimination rounds and finished as octo-finalists (top 16). Both seniors earned recognition as Baum finished as the fifth speaker, and Stout finished as second speaker. Other teammates in attendance included senior Eli Bartz, sophomore Aidan Bressawitz, and freshmen Peyton Luaders, Frankie Schuman and Ben Croat.

Any alumni interested in judging or students interested in joining the Forensics Union should contact Ben Davis, director of forensics, at
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