Forensics Begins Season with Several Awards

The Truman forensic team brought home several individual and team awards in late September as a start to their season.

At Western Kentucky University, sophomore AJ Taula earned fourth place in dramatic interpretation, third place in prose and took first overall in poetry during the first half of the swing tournament. Taula also took sixth place in poetry in the second half and is now qualified to compete at the national tournament in these three events.

The team members had all five competitors break to out rounds. Sophomore Myra Milam made it to the final round and took second place on a 2-1 decision. This is the second year that Milam has made it to the final round in this tournament. She was also third place speaker. Sophomores John Carney, Nick Gorman and Kristen Wright made it to the octofinal round as did freshman Maddie Ebert. All five debaters placed in the top in the field for speaker awards and are now eligible to compete at the national tournament.

Overall, the team earned second place in the tournament. They also earned second place in the combined sweepstakes category.

“This was a great overall tournament for us,” Russ Luce, assistant director of forensics, said. “We hit the top teams in the nation and held our own. With such a young team, it was great that we took on the best in the nation and came out ahead. This team holds a lot of promise for the rest of the season.”

After traveling to Illinois State University, junior Jessica Petrie won second place in impromptu speaking.

Students interested in competing in forensics can contact Kristi Scholten, director of forensics, at
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