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UCM Talking Mules Claim Swing Championship at Tulsa Tournament

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 12. 2015) – The University of Central Missouri Talking Mules speech and debate team emerged as the Overall Swing Champions at the Green Country Swing hosted by Tulsa Community College Nov. 7.

Talking Mules 2015 Tulsa Tournament
Members of the UCM Talking Mules competing at the Green Country Swing hosted by Tulsa Community College were, front row, left to right, Dalton Pittenger, Johanna Kelly, Tyler Slinkard, Gavin DePaul, Dane Schnake, Brent Mitchell, Allison Cummings and Elisabeth Mansfield; second row, Michael Hutton, Samantha Begley, Jordan Ray, Samantha Calloway and Arthur Clifford.

The Talking Mules faced stiff regional competition, taking first place Individual Events sweepstakes honors in both halves of the swing. The team captured three overall team trophies and 35 individual awards. Thirteen colleges and universities entered competition representing Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, and Kansas.

“That brings the total to well over 100 team and individual awards, titles and trophies won in individual events and debate in just four tournaments in the fall semester,” said Jack Rogers, UCM director of forensics. “It’s a terrific start to our season!”

The Talking Mules have qualified 11 students to the National Forensics Association National Finals Tournament in April. In upcoming competition, team members will travel to the City of Cedars Tournament, hosted by McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., and to the Missouri Classic hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our students’ performance,” said Nikki Freeman, assistant director of forensics. “Their hard work and dedication really paid off in Tulsa.”

For more information on the Talking Mules, contact Rogers at 660-543-8646 or