April 30, 2002

Forensics Team Places Fifth in the Nation

The Truman State University Forensics team placed fifth in the National Forensic Association Tournament in President’s Division I for the second consecutive year.
     Several Truman students placed in elimination rounds. Brian Amsden, senior communication major from Fenton, Mo., was a quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Amy Carmack, junior communication arts major from Sedalia, Mo., was a quarterfinalist in both after-dinner speaking and prose interpretation. Heather Carmack, junior communication arts major from Sedalia, Mo., with her partner Nathaniel Dendy, freshman theater major from Liberty, Mo., were quarterfinalists in duo interpretation. Dendy also was a quarterfinalist in prose interpretation and poetry interpretation. Kristopher Kueker, sophomore computer science major from Perryville, Mo., also reached the quarterfinals of after-dinner speaking.
     The team’s national ranking would not have been possible without outstanding preliminary round contributions from Julie Anderson, freshman biology and theater double major from DeKalb, Ill.; Jaci Devine, freshman communication major from Inverness, Ill.; Summer Kirchmann, freshman justice systems major from Springfield, Mo.; Shane Mullen, freshman from Maryville, Mo.; and Ben Williams, freshman from Blue Springs, Mo.

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