The Truman State University Debate team has begun their season at Western Kentucky University where they competed in their first tournament of the 2012-2013 school year.
The debaters returned with third place in overall sweepstakes points. Sophomore Maddie Ebert (Omaha, NE) and freshman David Cook (Poplar Bluff, MO) were octofinalists in Lincoln Douglas debate, and junior Nick Gorman (Kansas City, MO) was a quarterfinalist.
“The team did very well overall,” adds Coach Russell Luce, “Winning a team sweepstakes award was amazing considering that for half of the team, it was their first collegiate tournament. With a young team, it is always more difficult to win team awards, although they rose to the occasion.” After winning the national debate competition last year, Truman State University’s debate team is determined to defend its championship this year. Coach Luce additionally adds that the toughest level of competition Truman’s debate team will face this year is likely to be Western Kentucky and Hillsdale College.
Truman IE Swings into Normal
The TSU individual events team travelled to Normal, IL, to compete at Bradley/ISU Swing Tournament. The first part of the tournament took place in Peoria, Illinois at the Dan Smith Invitational tournament, where the bulldogs competed with some of their strongest contenders this season. Freshmen David Cook (Poplar Blufff, MO) and Sarah Stark (Kansas City, MO) took the top novice award for their performance in duo interpretation. Cook additionally placed fifth in novice prose. In extemporaneous speaking, freshman Dillion Laaker (Omaha, NE) placed second in his event, along with teammate Blake Bixler, who took fourth, both qualifying this event for nationals.
At Illinois State University junior Arielle Long-Seabra (Blue Springs, MO) placed seventh in prose interpretation after competing in a stacked final round with some of the best in the country.
For additional information about the team, contact the director, Dr. Kristi Scholten. email@example.com