By Jeff Murphy, February 18, 2020
WARRENSBURG, MO – In a tournament that included teams representing 15 institutions of higher education, the University of Central Missouri’s Talking Mules finished as the Overall Combined Sweepstakes Champions with the team winning several state championships in individual events and debate. Team members participated in the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities (MAFA) tournament hosted by Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri, Feb. 14-15.
Jack Rogers, Ph.D., UCM director of forensics/speech and debate, spoke about the Talking Mules’ success, noting, “The team performed beyond all expectations. We have a solid core of returners, but a large group of very talented first-year students who really performed above and beyond themselves. They worked extremely hard and their effort and talent was rewarded by these outstanding results.”
He added, “It was an extremely competitive tournament, with three points separating first and second place in debate and individual events sweepstakes. We took second place in both debate and individual events. Truman (State University) edged us out in debate and Southwest Baptist (University) edged us out in individual events, but our combined score put us on top for the first place finish in Overall Sweepstakes and made us the State Champions for 2020. There were also a number of individual and team state championships. As a result, we took home the Director's Trophy for Overall Excellence.”
Rogers said the MAFA tournament is open to other schools outside of the state. Teams representing colleges and universities in Missouri, Iowa and Kansas participated.
Tournament results providing the names of each member of the Talking Mules who was honored and how they placed in various events are provided below:
The Talking Mules forensics/speech and debate program is an opportunity provided within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. To learn more, contact Jack Rogers at email@example.com.