Just three events into its 2015-2016 season, the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel WashingtonForensics Society has claimed championship victories at two forensics tournaments, the Missouri Mule and the Dale Carnegie, held from October 16 – 19 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg,Missouri.
The first tournament, called The Missouri Mule, was held on October 16 and 17; the second, named The Dale Carnegie, was held on Sunday, October 18. Two tournaments held in one weekend is known as a "swing" tournament and is common on the forensics circuit. It allows students a greater opportunity to achieve and qualify for the American Forensics Association National Championship Tournament, which will be held at The University of Florida in April.
Twenty-three Wiley students battled students from 29 universities, including institutions which placed in the top five at the American Forensics Association National Championships, to earn six teamsweepstakes titles and awards.
Wiley's students were named the Missouri Mule Individual Event Champions, the Missouri MuleOverall Champions, and they earned the E. Sam Cox Award for the top Pi Kappa Delta School. Wiley's students were also named the Dale Carnegie Individual Event Champions and they claimed the thirdplace Dale Carnegie Debate Sweepstakes.
The students earned the Overall Championship for the team with the most points at both tournaments.
Overall, Wiley College amassed 69 awards and honors on the road to victory – the best the team has ever placed in its five years of competing in Warrensburg.
"I am so fortunate to be able to work with an incredibly talented and passionate group of students andcoaches," said Christopher Medina, the Director of Forensics at Wiley College. "This was a big win for us. It really shows how hard we have worked and how far we have come over the last five years."
Individual results from the past weekend are as follows:
Aaron Tumbaga – a junior from Union City, CA earned 5th place in poetry interpretation at the Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Andre Earls – A sophomore from Puyallup, WA, was a Quareterfinalist in NPDA Debate at the Missouri Mule, with his partner Cameron Smith. NPDA debate is a form of debate which is sponsored by the National Parliamentary Debate Association and is loosely based on British Parliament.
Austin Ashford – A senior from Freemont, CA ,was a semifinalist in Public Forum Debate at The Missouri Mule. Also at The Missouri, Ashford earned second place in Prose Interpretation; sixth place in Duo interpretation, with his partner Drake Pough; third in Programmed Oral Interpretation; and Champion in in the Pentathlon, an event for students with five or more events. At The Dale Carnegie Tournament, Austin placed third in poetry interpretation; was named champion in Prose interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, and Duo Interpretation, with his partner Hailey Byerly. Austin was named Pentathlon champion for the Dale Carnegie Tournament and Individual Champion for the combined tournaments.
Autumnwind Spear – a junior from Bronx, NY, earned fourth place in programmed oral inerptretation at The Missouri Mule and 6th place in Duo Interpretation at The Dale Carnegie, with her partner Winnie Rugamba.
Benjamin Turner – A senior from Antioch, CA, was named champion in Programmed Oral Interpretation, and After Dinner Speaking and earned third place in Impromptu Speaking at The Missouri Mule. Benjamin was also the Programmed Oral Interpretation Champion at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
Cameron Smith – A junior from St. Louis, MO, was a quarterfinalist in NPDA Debate and a quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at The Missouri Mule. Cameron was also an octofinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and the LD Speaking Champion at The Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Dominick Taylor – A senior from St. Louis, MO, earned fourth place in Persuasive Speaking at The Missouri Mule and second place in Persuasive Speaking at the Dale Carnegie.
Dominique Chillis – A freshman from Houston, TX, earned fourth place in Prose Interpretation and sixth place in Dramatic Interpretation.
Drake Pough – A senior from Union City, CA, was a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation and sixt place in Duo Interpretation with his partner Austin Ashford at The Missouri Mule. Pough was also second place in Dramatic Interpretation at The Dale Carnegie tournament.
Eric Robinson – A senior from Ft. Worth, TX earned second place in Programmed Oral Interpretation and fourth place in Duo interpretation, with his partner Nala Johnson, at the Dale Carnegie tournament.
Ernest Mack – A senior from Flint, MI, earned the second place honor in Duo Interpretation, with his partner Marcus Rembert; fifth place in Programmed Oral Interpretation and fourth in Poetry Interpretation at The Missouri Mule. Mack also earned third place in Duo Interpretation at The Dale Carnegie tournament.
Francisco Sierra – A sophomore from Union City, CA, was a semifinalist in Prose Interpretation at The Missouri Mule Tournament, while earning third place in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth place in Prose Interpretation at the Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Hailey Byerly – A sophomore transfer student from Ft. Worth, TX, earned third place in poetry interpretation at The Missouri Mule. Byerly also earned second place in Poetry Interpretation and was named Champion in Duo Interpretation, with her partner Austin Ashford at the Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Jesus Cardenas – A junior from Union City, CA, was a semifinalist in Public Forum Debate, was named the fourth place speaker in Public Forum and third in Extemporaneous Speaking at The Missouri Mule. Jesus was also fourth place in After Dinner Speaking at The Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Landon Starkey – A junior from New Jersey earned the fifth place spot in Duo Interpretation, with his partner Nala Johnson at The Missouri Mule and Dale Carnegie Tournaments.
Marcus Rembert – A senior from Birmingham, AL, earned second place in Duo Interpretation at the Missouri Mule, with his partner Ernest Mack and sixth place in Dramatic Interpretation. At the Dale Carnegie tournament, Marcus placed third in Duo Interpretation with his partner Ernest Mack.
Nala Johnson – A freshman from Camden, New Jersey, placed fifth at The Missouri Mule in Duo Interpretation with her partner Landon Starkey. At the Dale Carnegie Tournament, Nala placed fourth in Duo Interpretation with her partner Eric Robinson and fifth in Duo Interpretation with her partner Landon Starkey.
Naomi Henry – A freshman from St. Louis, MO ,was named the third place Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate speaker at The Dale Carnegie Tournament.
Rachel Garnett – A senior from Puyallup, WA, was the Informative Speaking Champion at the Missouri Mule Tournament. At the Dale Carnegie Tournament, Rachel placed fourth in Persuasive Speaking and second in Informative Speaking.
Ta'Mara Hill – A sophomore from Hutchinson, KS, placed fifth at The Missouri Mule Tournament.
Winnie Rugamba – A second semester freshman from Kigali, Rwanda, placed 6th in Duo Interpretation at The Missouri Mule, with her partner Autumnwind Spear.
The next tournament for The Great Debaters will be held in Huntington, West Virginia, at Marshall University, October 31 through November 2.