Forensics Team Brings Home Six Championships

Truman’s Forensics team took home six championship awards at the MCC-Longview Central States Swing Tournament Oct. 29-30.

The tournament consisted of two separate individual events competitions and one debate competition. The individual events (speech) competitors took second place overall in team sweepstakes on the first day and third place at the second competition.
During the first tournament, the team qualified for five new events at the National Tournament in April and earned two tournament championship titles. Junior Jessica Petrie won impromptu speaking, placed second in rhetorical criticism and fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Senior Andrew Grojean won informative speaking and placed sixth in impromptu speaking. Sophomore Arielle Long-Seabra placed third in dramatic interpretation and freshman Codi Caton made it to the semifinals in poetry interpretation.

In the second competition, Petrie won first place in both extemporaneous speaking and rhetorical criticism. Grojean won first in dramatic interpretation and earned sixth in informative speaking. Freshman Alex Eichstadt broke into elimination rounds and took third place in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking. Freshman Kate Pillen, also breaking into elimination rounds, placed fifth in prose interpretation.

In debate, freshman Maddie Ebert won the novice division on Lincoln-Douglas debate and won the first place speaker award. In the open division of Lincoln-Douglas debate, sophomores John Carney and Nick Gorman made it into the quarterfinal round of debate, while sophomore Kory Anderson made it to semifinals. Gorman won the first place speaker award, Anderson fourth and Carney fifth.

The second half of the tournament also resulted in five new qualifications for the National Tournament.

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