Honorees

Gaffney Awardees

Victoria Brown
2014
Victoria Brown – Columbia, MD Victoria is a senior attending Atholton High School. Victoria has had a great first semester and hopes to end the season strong. Always sporting a positive attitude, Victoria helped foster a safe and comfortable community environment at WDI. Her nomination read: “The effort Victoria puts into debate is amazing and she deserves to be recognized for it. She stepped up and did the demo-debate [at camp] and went out of her way to make new friends and make people feel accepted.”
Shifra David
2014
Shifra David – Frisco, TX Shifra is a senior attending Wakeland High School. She has been involved in debate for several years and is a returning WDI attendee. Those close to her say she is kind and caring, always making sure everyone is included. Shifra’s nomination read: “I choose Shifra because she is a hard working, dedicated and well-rounded individual. She balances school, debate, and a job. She is a great role model and has a love for debate that is inspiring.”

2014 Scholars

Tara Burchmore
SUNY Binghamton Scholar 2014
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.”
Lisa Carter
Wake Forest University Scholar 2014
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!
Rowan Hussein
University of Oregon Scholar 2014
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.”
Shawndrea Magee
India McCullough Scholar 2014
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.”
Sydney Monteith
Kansas State University Scholar 2014
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.”
Tamara Morrison
UC Berkeley Scholar 2014
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.”
Cherry Ng
College of St. Benedict Scholar 2014
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.”
Claudia Ordonez
University of West Georgia Scholar 2014
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.

2013 Scholars

Julia Alexis
SUNY-Binghamton Scholar 2013
SUNY-Binghamton Scholar – Julia Alexis (MA) Led by Director Joe Leeson-Schatz and coaches Armands Revelins and Guy Risko, Binghamton’s debate team emphasizes student leadership and participation. Binghamton consistently qualifies to compete in the prestigous National Debate Tournament and ranks in the top 10 debate teams in CEDA Sweepstakes.
Ellen Baker
O’ella Ross Scholar 2013
O’ella Ross Scholar – Ellen Baker (MO) The O’ella Ross Scholarship is sponsored by Kelly Ross and Kali Kraum in honor of Kelly’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University and Kansas State University, and he and Kali are longtime supporters of the WDI and our mission.
Rachel Carlson
Wake Forest University Scholar 2013
Wake Forest University Scholar – Rachel Carlson (UT) Wake Forest University is coached by Dr. Jarrod Atchison, a long-time supporter of the WDI. The Wake Forest debate team is one of the top programs in the nation, including a semi-finals appearance at the 2010 National Debate Tournament.
Alina Crouch
Copper Tree Scholarship 2013
Copper Tree Scholarship – Alina Crouch (MO) The Copper Tree Scholarship, sponsored by former Lewis and Clark debater Jared Hager, honors the women debaters of the L&C debate team.
Shifra David
Gloria Cabada-Leman Role Model Scholar 2013
Gloria Cabada-Leman Role Model Scholar – Shifra David (TX) Gloria is a great inspiration for women debaters. She was only the second woman ever to be named the top speaker at the National Debate Tournament. The first had been named over 30 years earlier. It would be more than twenty more years before the third female was named top speaker at the NDT.
Courtney Devore
McDougle Scholar 2013
McDougle Scholar – Courtney Devore (TX) The McDougle Scholarship honors the life and career in service of Reverend Gail McDougle, a state champion Texas debater and former minister in the United Church of Christ. Rev. McDougle is a tireless champion against poverty and inequality, and in 2009 she was awarded the Salem Peacemaker’s Award for her advocacy of peace in the community.
Ellen Dymit
College of St. Benedict Scholar 2013
College of St. Benedict Scholar – Ellen Dymit (MN) The College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women’s leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. WDI’s Executive Director, Dr. Christi Siver, is a professor of political science at CSB who debated at Lewis & Clark College.
Claire Morris
ini Shaw Role Model Scholar 2013
Gini Shaw Role Model Scholar – Claire Morris (NC) This Fellowship honors the mother of Jeff Shaw, who debated Lincoln-Douglas for Canby (Ore.) High School and competed in policy debate for Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Gini supported Jeff’s debate career in numerous ways, and her hard work and sacrifice as a single mom inspired him to continue with debate — and to co-found the Women’s Debate Institute.
Cherry Ng
Kyla Sommers Role Model Scholar 2013
Kyla Sommers Role Model Scholar – Cherry Ng (Canada) Kyla is a senior debater at George Washington University. Kyla exemplifies what student-debaters should strive to achieve. She is a top student, a talented debater, and an incredibly hard working individuals. In addition to excelling at school and debate, Kyla is also a scholarship track athlete.
Maddie Norgard
University of Iowa Scholar 2013
University of Iowa Scholar – Maddie Norgard (MN) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Josephine O’Connor-Miller
University of Iowa Scholar 2013
University of Iowa Scholar – Josephine O’Connor-Miller (IA) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Lillie Ouellette-Howitz
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar 2013
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar – Lillie Ouellette-Howitz (MN) Leonard, Street, and Deinard is a law firm in Minneapolis, next-door to the home of the WDI. WDI C0-Chair Aleava Sayre is an associate. As advocates of promoting women in the field of law, they are also strong supporters of the mission of the WDI and of the women in their communities.
Monica Propst
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar 2013
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar – Monica Propst (MO) UMKC, led by coach Matt Vega, has been incredible supporters of the WDI. Former UMKC coach Linda Collier is a founding member of our staff, and UMKC has produced national champions in policy debate for decades.
Kaytlynn Pulley
Kansas State University Scholar 2013
Kansas State University Scholar – Kaytlynn Pulley (MO) KSU has a strong debate tradition, exemplified most recently by wining the 2011 CEDA National Championship. Coached by Joe Koehle, the Wildcats are the alma mater of WDI Director of Finances Sarah Glaser.
Itzayana Rodriguez
Guevara Scholar 2013
Guevara Scholar – Itzayana Rodriguez (IL) The Guevara Scholarship is sponsored by Omar and Veronica Guevara in support of young women of Hispanic origin. Omar and Veronica lead the Weber State University debate team, the host of the 2013 National Debate Tournament.
Christine Rogers
India McCullough Scholar 2013
India McCullough Scholar – Christine Rogers (MI) The India McCullough Scholarship is sponsored by Kali Kraum and Kelly Ross in honor of Kali’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University and Kansas State University, and he and Kali are longtime supporters of the WDI and our mission.
Teressa Shaw
University of Iowa Scholar 2013
University of Iowa Scholar – Teressa Shaw (WI) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Ariel Shin
University of California, Berkeley Scholar 2013
University of California, Berkeley Scholar – Ariel Shin (CA) The Berkeley debate team is led by Jonah Feldman. In addition to producing some of the top debate teams in the country, Berkeley hosts a top-notch high school debate camp every summer.
Deja Valerie
Sandra Shuster Role Model Scholar 2013
Sandra Shuster Role Model Scholar – Deja Valerie (MI) This Fellowship honors the mother of Kate Shuster, a successful policy debater for the Albuquerque Academy in high school who won the 1996 National Debate Tournament for Emory University. Sandy, as she was known to friends, was a great supporter of Kate’s career as a debater and as a coach and educator.
Angelina Valleja
James Madison University Scholar 2013
James Madison University Scholar – Angelina Valleja (MA) James Madison University is led by Dr. Michael Davis and coached by Paul Mabrey. The JMU debate team is a force for leadership and diversity in the community of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has a strong tradition of debate.
Valerie Zhang
Gonzaga University Scholar 2013
Gonzaga University Scholar – Valerie Zhang (MI) Led by Director Glen Frappier and coaches Steve Pointer and Geoff Lundeen, Gonzaga’s debate team has hosted the Gonzaga Debate Institute since the mid-1980s. The team has had outstanding success in policy debate, including making it to the NDT final four last year and winning the CEDA National Championship in 1989.

2012 Scholars

Priscilla Agbeio
India McCullough Scholar 2012
India McCullough Scholar – Priscilla Agbeio (IL) The India McCullough Scholarship is sponsored by Kali Kraum and Kelly Ross in honor of Kali’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University and Kansas State University, and he and Kali are longtime supporters of the WDI and our mission.
Rosalia Amato Bauer
Kansas State University Scholar 2012
Kansas State University Scholar – Rosalia Amato Bauer (IL) KSU has a strong debate tradition, exemplified most recently by wining the 2011 CEDA National Championship. Coached by Joe Koehle, the Wildcats are the alma mater of WDI Director of Finances Sarah Glaser.
Zoe Aronoff
McDougle Scholar 2012
McDougle Scholar – Zoe Aronoff (TX) The McDougle Scholarship honors the life and career in service of Reverend Gail McDougle, a state champion Texas debater and former minister in the United Church of Christ. Rev. McDougle is a tireless champion against poverty and inequality, and in 2009 she was awarded the Salem Peacemaker’s Award for her advocacy of peace in the community.
Angie August
Wake Forest University Scholar 2012
Wake Forest University Scholar – Angie August (MA) Wake Forest University is coached by Dr. Jarrod Atchison, a long-time supporter of the WDI. The Wake Forest debate team is one of the top programs in the nation, including a semi-finals appearance at the 2010 National Debate Tournament.
Vanessa Cajuste
Georgetown University Scholar 2012
Georgetown University Scholar – Vanessa Cajuste (MA) Georgetown, coached by Jonathan Paul, has a tradition of debate success. In 2012, a team of sophomores captured the National Debate Tournament Championship! The Georgetown Debate Seminar is a high school summer camp in our Nation’s capital.
Gabrielle Galvez
James Madison University Scholar 2012
James Madison University Scholar – Gabrielle Galvez (MN) James Madison University is led by Dr. Michael Davis and coached by Paul Mabrey. The JMU debate team is a force for leadership and diversity in the community of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has a strong tradition of debate.
Niquania Gamble
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar 2012
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar – Niquania Gamble (MA) UMKC, led by coach Matt Vega, has been incredible supporters of the WDI. Former UMKC coach Linda Collier is a founding member of our staff, and UMKC has produced national champions in policy debate for decades.
Yvette Morales
University of Iowa Scholar 2012
University of Iowa Scholar - Yvette Morales (IL) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Ayaan Natala
Leonard, Street and Deinard Schola 2012
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar – Ayaan Natala (MN) Leonard, Street, and Deinard is a law firm in Minneapolis, next-door to the home of the WDI. WDI C0-Chair Aleava Sayre is an associate. As advocates of promoting women in the field of law, they are also strong supporters of the mission of the WDI and of the women in their communities.
Melissa Nava
University of Iowa Scholar 2012
University of Iowa Scholar – Melissa Nava (IL)The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Esther Okelola
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholars 2012
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar – Esther Okelola (MN) Leonard, Street, and Deinard is a law firm in Minneapolis, next-door to the home of the WDI. WDI C0-Chair Aleava Sayre is an associate. As advocates of promoting women in the field of law, they are also strong supporters of the mission of the WDI and of the women in their communities.
Stella Oludayo
College of St. Benedict Scholar 2012
College of St. Benedict Scholar – Stella Oludayo (MN) The College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women’s leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. WDI’s Executive Director, Dr. Christi Siver, is a professor of political science at CSB who debated at Lewis & Clark College.
Dolores Ortiz
University of Iowa Scholar 2012
University of Iowa Scholar – Dolores Ortiz (IL) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2012 WDI! The Iowa Debate program has won the NDT, NDT Top Speaker, Copeland award, Novice Nationals, and has been in the finals or won every national invitational during the last 10 years.
Ana Serrano
Guevara Scholar 2012
Guevara Scholar – Ana Serrano (IL) The Guevara Scholarship is sponsored by Omar and Veronica Guevara in support of young women of Hispanic origin. Omar and Veronica lead the Weber State University debate team, the host of the 2013 National Debate Tournament.
Hiyawan Solomon
University of California, Berkeley Scholar 2012
University of California, Berkeley Scholar – Hiyawan Solomon (CA) The Berkeley debate team is led by Jonah Feldman. In addition to producing some of the top debate teams in the country, Berkeley hosts a top-notch high school debate camp every summer.
Lauren Tarleton Allen
O’ella Ross Scholar 2012
O’ella Ross Scholar – Lauren Tarleton Allen (IL) The O’ella Ross Scholarship is sponsored by Kelly Ross and Kali Kraum in honor of Kelly’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University and Kansas State University, and he and Kali are longtime supporters of the WDI and our mission.
Jasmine Williams
Copper Tree Scholarship 2012
Copper Tree Scholarship – Jasmine Williams (IL) The Copper Tree Scholarship, sponsored by former Lewis and Clark debater Jared Hager, honors the women debaters of the L&C debate team.

2011 Scholars

Courtney Bye
WDI Lincoln-Douglas Scholar 2011
WDI Lincoln-Douglas Scholar – Courtney Bye (Minnesota) Courtney was invited to attend the WDI as a mentor for younger students and tasked with putting on a demonstration LD debate. Courtney is an incredibly successful and passionate debater, and she says, “I am honored to be able to attend WDI before the start of my last season. [WDI] helps girls find her place in the debate community.”
Catherine Cho
James Madison University Scholar 2011
James Madison University Scholar – Catherine Cho (North Dakota) James Madison University is led by Dr. Michael Davis and coached by Paul Mabrey. The JMU debate team is a force for leadership and diversity in the community of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has a strong tradition of debate. Catherine participates in Lincoln-Douglas debate, forensics, and Student Congress. She says, “I know that my experience at WDI will positively influence my debate career but in my life as well, which is why I plan on coming back next year.”
Jazmin Garcia
University of California, Berkeley Scholar 2011
University of California, Berkeley Scholar – Jazmin Garcia (California) The Berkeley debate team is led by Jonah Feldman. In addition to producing some of the top debate teams in the country, Berkeley hosts a top-notch high school debate camp every summer. Jazmin debates policy for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, and says, “The WDI was an amazing experience and it was by far the most fun debate camp I have ever been to. The Berkeley debate program constantly inspires me to become a better debater.”
Eddie Garza
McDougle Scholar 2011
McDougle Scholar – Eddie Garza (Texas) The McDougle Scholarship honors the life and career in service of Reverend Gail McDougle, a champion Texas debater and minister in the United Church of Christ. Eddie is a policy debater and, after the WDI in August, Eddie was so inspired by debate that she returned to her hometown and began a community debate program for 7th grade girls. Says Eddie, “The WDI was an experience I will never forget!”
Rebecca Han
WDI Policy Scholar 2011
WDI Policy Scholar – Rebecca Han (Illinois) Our policy scholars were chosen for the leadership ability, dedication to debate, and excellence in competition. Rebecca and Sonia demonstrated a debate on this year’s topic to other policy debaters at camp. Rebecca is a senior, and she says, “WDI gave me such a great pool of great female debaters to lean on and connect with during this camp. Unlike other camps, it really focused on community.”
Katalina Kimball-Linares
Copper Tree Scholarship 2011
Copper Tree Scholarship – Katalina Kimball-Linares (Arizona) The Copper Tree Scholarship, sponsored by former Lewis and Clark debater Jared Hager, honors women who are raised by strong mothers and have a passion for debate. Katalina embodies the passion we see every year at WDI, and she says “It was awesome to come to camp and meet so many people willing to help and so many other debaters excited to learn. I am so happy I get to go to camp, and I want to thank you for your giving me the chance to do something I love.”
Addison Koneval
Wake Forest University Scholar 2011
Wake Forest University Scholar – Addison Koneval (California) Wake Forest University is coached by Dr. Jarrod Atchison, a long-time supporter of the WDI. The Wake Forest debate team is one of the top programs in the nation, including a semi-finals appearance at the 2010 National Debate Tournament. Addison debates Lincoln-Douglas debate in California and says, “I can’t express how impactful this camp has been in shaping me as a young woman debater!”
Sonia Larbi
Kansas State University Scholar and WDI Policy Scholar 2011
Kansas State University Scholar and WDI Policy Scholar – Sonia Larbi (Missouri) The Kansas State University debate team, led by Justin Green and Sarah Snider-Green, is the alma mater of WDI Board member Sarah Glaser and WDI staff member Beth Mendenhall. KSU has a strong debate tradition, exemplified most recently by wining the 2011 CEDA Nationals championship. In addition to being a successful high school policy debater, Sonia was recently selected to represent the United States at the World Debate Championship in South Africa this coming year. Sonia has attended the WDI for the past two years, and she says, “I had a great year after going to the WDI last year and I was honored to be a scholar this year. The WDI has always been a place where I could be myself.”
Meybel Lopez-Flores
India McCullough Scholar 2011
India McCullough Scholar – Meybel Lopez-Flores (Massachusetts) The India McCullough Scholarship is sponsored by Kali Kraum and Kelly Ross in honor of Kali’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University, and Kansas State University. Meybel is a policy debater in the Boston Urban Debate League. Meybel says, “I’m so thankful that I got the chance to be part of the WDI and have this wonderful experience. I learned so much in the last 2 days that I can’t wait to get to Boston and share all the knowledge that I have learned.”
Kimberly Mejia-Cuellar
O’ella Ross Scholar 2011
O’ella Ross Scholar – Kimberly Mejia-Cuellar (California) The O’ella Ross Scholarship is sponsored by Kelly Ross and Kali Kraum in honor of Kelly’s grandmother. Kelly debated for both Emporia State University and Kansas State University. Kimberly debates for the Bay Area Urban Debate League as a policy debater. Kim says, “My time at camp was wonderful. This trip has been one of many firsts: my first debate camp, first time on a plane, first time canoeing and first time in a different state. The WDI and the people I have met have tremendously helped me use my sex as a strength, not a disadvantage.”
Gabrielle Onikoro-Arkell
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar 2011
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar – Gabrielle Onikoro-Arkell (Minnesota) Leonard, Street, and Deinard is a law firm in Minneapolis, next-door to the home of the WDI at Koinonia Retreat Center. The WDI Executive Director, Aleava Sayre, is an associate. As advocates of promoting women in the field of law, they are also strong supporters of the mission of the WDI and of the women in their communities. Gabi said, “I have learned a lot about women in debate and have made many new friends. It has been a wonderful opportunity to learn about debate in a community of women.”
Lillie Ouellette-Howitz
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar 2011
Leonard, Street and Deinard Scholar – Lillie Ouellette-Howitz (Minnesota) Leonard, Street, and Deinard is a law firm in Minneapolis, next-door to the home of the WDI at Koinonia Retreat Center. The WDI Executive Director, Aleava Sayre, is an associate. As advocates of promoting women in the field of law, they are also strong supporters of the mission of the WDI and of the women in their communities. Lillie plans to go to law school, and she says “I am so grateful for this experience to connect to other women in debate. It has been truly amazing. The fact that a law firm in the city I live in gave me a scholarship to go to a debate camp has really made my aspirations more believable and made me feel as if I can make them come true.”
Heaven Reda
Kalajarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch Scholar 2011
Kalajarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch Scholar – Heaven Reda (Massachusetts) mKalajarvi, Chuzi, Newman and Fitch is a DC-based law firm, at which Tracy Gonos, former UMKC debater, practices law. KCN&F provided a travel stipend to bring Heaven to the WDI this summer. Heaven, a policy debater in the Boston Urban Debate League, says “Throughout my experience at the WDI, I’ve made some awesome friends from all over the country, learned how to swim, built my confidence as a debater and discovered some tactics to win a debate round. WDI was the highlight of my summer and helped me find a community where I feel completely comfortable.”
Ashley Reid
University of Iowa Scholar 2011
University of Iowa Scholar – Ashley Reid (Illinois) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2011 WDI! Our Scholars, all policy debaters, illustrate part of the incredibly diverse spectrum of women in the debate community. Ashley loved the diversity of other women at WDI: “I am used to being around lots of people from different environments, but meeting other girls who are all interested in debate is so much more cool.”
Samantha Srok
University of Iowa Scholar 2011
University of Iowa Scholar – Samantha Srok (Wisconsin) University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2011 WDI! Our Scholars, all policy debaters, illustrate part of the incredibly diverse spectrum of women in the debate community. Samantha was inspired by our attention to the role of women in debate: “I’ve really learned not only more about basic policy debate, but specifically how my gender and sex plays into who I am as a debater.”
Alessandra Torres
University of Iowa Scholar 2011
University of Iowa Scholar – Alessandra Torres (Massachusetts) The University of Iowa, led by Dr. David Hingstman, sponsored three full tuition scholarships to the 2011 WDI! Our Scholars, all policy debaters, illustrate part of the incredibly diverse spectrum of women in the debate community. Alessandra was just ready to start debating: “I learned so many new techniques and I can’t wait to share them with my debate team back home.”
Jovana Torres
Guevara Scholar 2011
Guevara Scholar – Jovana Torres (California) The Guevara Scholarship is sponsored by Omar and Veronica Guevara, in support of young women of Hispanic origin. Omar and Veronica lead the Weber State University debate team. Jovana is a policy debater in the LA Urban Debate League. Jovana says, “Attending WDI was a memorable experience that has helped me grow as a debater, meet others that share the same passion, and learn strategic tips. I was able to further learn about the activity I love the most, debate.”
Megan Trayers
WDI Lincoln-Douglas Scholar 2011
WDI Lincoln-Douglas Scholar – Megan Trayers (Minnesota) Megan was invited to attend the WDI as a mentor for younger students and tasked with putting on a demonstration LD debate. Megan is a senior with an excellent record of debate throughout her high school career, and she says, “Part of what made my time at WDI so special was being able to enjoy the beauty of Minnesota in summertime and partake in many outdoor activities.”
Tequilla Wilbourn-Little
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar 2011
The University of Missouri, Kansas City Scholar – Tequilla Wilbourn-Little (Michigan) UMKC, led by coach Matt Vega, has been incredible supporters of the WDI. Former UMKC coach Linda Collier is a founding member of our staff, and UMKC has produced national champions in policy debate for decades. Tequilla debates for the Detroit Urban Debate League, and she says, “The WDI was an amazing opportunity. It really has made a difference. I am a better debater – stronger, wiser, and well-educated!”