2014 WDI Scholars

Kansas State University Scholar – Sydney Monteith (KS) plans to debate at Kansas State University one day. She decided to attend the WDI because she is one of only two women on a debate team with eight young men. Sydney says she loves debate because, “I love that I can feel accepted in my community and that I can use my voice to enact change.”

India McCullough Scholar – Shawndrea Magee (MO) is our McCullough Scholar, donated by Kelly Ross and Kali Kraum in honor of their grandmother, India. Shawndrea came to the WDI on the recommendation of her coach, and she loves debate because, “I love my opinion being listened to and valued.”

University of West Georgia Scholar – Claudia Ordonez (Honduras) Claudia hopes to debate in college because “debate helps me to learn I have a voice and that no matter what I can be someone in life.” She decided to attend the WDI because she wanted to learn points of view from girls around the world.

Wake Forest University Scholar – Lisa Carter (LA) loves debate because it gives her a great feeling of excitement and, “the community makes me think in a manner different than the norm.” She decided to join us at the WDI to be more competitive during the debate year. She intends to debate in college because she loves it too much to stop after high school!

College of St. Benedict Scholar – Cherry Ng (Canada) came back to the WDI in 2014 after attending in 2013, saying, “I looked forward to coming back all year because of the supportive community of women.” Cherry plans to debate in college because, “Debate is like a second family to me. I love the community and peoples’ willingness to teach. More than that, I love the confidence that debating has given me in other aspects of life.”

UC Berkeley Scholar – Tamara Morrison (MI) came to the WDI to meet other women in debate and gain mentorship. She loves debate because it gives her a “chance to express my opinion and travel to meet new people.”

SUNY Binghamton Scholar – Tara Burchmore (ID) came to the WDI because she wanted to build her debate skills and discover how wonderful the debate community can be. She loves debate because it allows her to formulate arguments cleverly, and she plans to debate in college. “Debaters are incredibly informed, intelligent individuals, and I feel honored to be considered one.”

University of Oregon Scholar – Rowan Hussein (CO) decided to attend WDI because she needed a camp that focused on both development of new policy arguments and that would empower women. She plans to debate in college because “debate has some of the most amazing kids in the world, and I have developed such amazing friendships. I also love that it gives me a chance to voice my opinion.”