BY RYAN WILLIAMS LaToya Green, WDI’s 2016 Keynote Speaker and Director of Debate and professor in Human Communication at California State University-Fullerton, has recently started her own practice inspiring greatness within others. Higher Definition Leadership and Empowerment Coaching (HDLEC) is LaToya’s brainchild, an organization started out of the desire to motivate people to invest in… Continue reading WDI 2016 Keynote Speaker LaToya Green Starts Leadership and Empowerment Coaching
BY RHIAN WILLIAMS Kassandra (Kassie) Colón (Public Relations Intern & WDI Board Member) was recently named a finalist for the Melissa Maxcy Social Justice Award. A senior and varsity debater for Fort Lauderdale High School, Kassie is certain to leave their mark on their community. The Melissa Maxcy Social Justice Award is given each year… Continue reading WDI Alum & Board Member Kassandra Colon Recognized For Promoting Social Justice In Their Community
BY RHIAN WILLIAMS As the first tournament after winter break, WDI alumni had no problem getting back into the swing of things. Maggie Solice (Collegiate Scholar, 2015), Hunter Callahan McFarland (Collegiate Scholar, 2015), Mary Marcum (Collegiate Scholar, 2015), Pauline Esman (Collegiate Scholar, 2015), Nicole Nave (Board Member), Corrine Sugino (Collegiate Scholar, 2015), and Ava Vargason… Continue reading WDI Alumni Had a Fantastic Start to the New Year at the California Swing
BY RHIAN WILLIAMS Abbie Booker (WDI 2014), a senior at East Kentwood, took home the first place trophy from the Michigan State University high school tournament this weekend. Booker and her partner Michael Obuchi have been consistently demolishing the high school circuit, making MSU their second tournament win of the season. Booker took third place… Continue reading Pushing the Limits in Debate: Abbie Booker Wins Second Tournament of the Season
BY KASSANDRA COLON Top-ranked students Zoe Wynne (WDI, 2015) and Sophia Skalski-Fouts (WDI, 2015), sophomore debaters for Fort Lauderdale High school, finished as semi-finalists after a tough fight at the University of Florida’s Blue Key tournament this past weekend. Despite winning their previous tournament, the sophomore team went into the weekend feeling that their chances… Continue reading A Winning Combination: WDI Alumni Zoe Wynne and Sophia Skalski-Fouts Finished as Semi Finalists at the 2015 Blue Key Tournament
Hunter McFarland and Mary Marcum prepare to debate in the Quarters at UNLV, 2015 BY SARAH T. PARTLOW LEFEVRE Join us in congratulating 2015 WDI Scholars Mary Marcum and Hunter McFarland for their recent quarter-finalist finish at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Hunter and Mary debate for the University of Wyoming, (WDI University Supporter,… Continue reading Mary Marcum and Hunter McFarland (WDI Scholars, 2015) Appear in Quarter Finals at UNLV
BY SARAH T. PARTLOW LEFEVRE Rhian Williams and his partner Jenny Anton, who debate for Wayne State University, recently won the Junior Varsity division at Vanderbilt. They were the first seed after winning five preliminary debates. Williams and Anton were also recognized for their outstanding speaking as the 2nd (Anton) and 3rd (Williams) speakers in… Continue reading WDI Board Member and Trans Debater Rhian Williams Wins Second Consecutive Debate Tournament at Vanderbilt.
Karease Quashie, who attended WDI 2015, made it to finals of the New York City Invitational (Big Bronx) with her partner Olivia Cherry. They are the first black female team in the history of the UDL to ever get a bid and make it to the FINALS of the tournament. Please join us in congratulating… Continue reading 2015 WDI Alumn Karease Quashie Makes it to Finals of the NYC Invitational!
BY SARAH T. PARTLOW LEFEVRE In their first college tournament, WDI Board Member Rhian Williams and his partner Jenny Anton won the JV division at the Kentucky College Tournament. The duo, who represent Wayne State University, won the first (Jenny) and second (Rhian) speaker wards in the JV division. Rhian and Jenny were debate partners… Continue reading WDI Board Member and Alumni Rhian Williams Wins First College Debate Tournament!
BY SARAH T. PARTLOW LEFEVRE WDI Board Member Brooke Kimbrough and her partner Geordano Liriano are celebrating multiple victories today. Brooke and Geo won the Val A. Browning Round Robin at Weber State University and the Mukai invitational. The team from the University of Iowa are both sophomores. Coach Gabriel Murillo described the wins,… Continue reading WDI Board Member Brooke Kimbrough Wins Consecutive Debate Competitions!