WDI Board Member Brooke Kimbrough Wins Consecutive Debate Competitions!

Brooke and Geo display their First Place Trophy from the Mukai. Photo: Sharon Hopkins

Brooke and Geo display their First Place Trophy from the Mukai. Photo: Sharon Hopkins

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, “Independently both are great accomplishments, winning both is just really incredible.”

At the round robin, Brooke and Geo won 6 debates and were the 1st (Brooke) and Second (Geo) speakers in their pod.

At the Mukai, they posted a preliminary record of 7-1 and were the 3rd (Brooke) and 4th (Geo) speakers.  The team also appeared in the quarterfinals at the UMKC Baby Jo Memorial earlier this year.

Brooke & Geo holding their speaker awards. Photo: Sharon Hopkins.

Brooke & Geo holding their speaker awards. Photo: Sharon Hopkins.

Coach Sharon Hopkins said, “Geo takes his craft so seriously and is supremely dedicated to his next speech being better than the last. Brooke is a fire 2N making aff after aff disintegrate into dust. They did it all while being their authentic, silly selves.”

With such a great start, the WDI looks forward to following Brooke and Geo throughout the year.  Sharon Hopkins agrees, “I was happy I could be along for the ride to see their maturation from last year. The best is yet to come for these youngsters.”

Congratulations Brooke and Geo.  The WDI is so happy to see your success.  We are proud that you are finding ways to win while being true to your “authentic, silly selves.”

Partlow Lefevre is a Member of the WDI Board of Directors.  If you have alumni news, please let us know.  We’d love to hear from you!