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Trophy Case Dedication: A Dedication to Dr. Evelyn K. Bonner
The Tolson/Washington forensics society hosted a program dedicated to the memory of Dr. Evelyn K. Bonner, Wiley College’s former Director of Library Services. A noted professional and talented individual, Dr. Bonner’s varied interests included an appreciation for the art of debate. The photo below marks that event and included members of the 2009-2010 Tolson/Washington Forensics Society.
The tournament trophies currently on display in the library where Dr. Bonner worked are a visual testimony to the endurance of that art. They are clear confirmation of the cumulative achievements of the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society, a talented, dedicated and hard working team of students who continue to contribute successfully to Wiley College’s rich debate history.
Constitution Day Debate Collaboration
The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society and the Student Government Association presented a constitutional debate on September 17, 2009 in the Hodge Center Auditorium in order to celebrate constitution day. The resolution was “The Constitutionality of Teaching Religion in School” and students Cary Chavis argued the affirmative with Sean Allen in opposition and Jeremy Haynes serving as the debate moderator. The debate took place in a full house with a discussion on constitutional rights led by Dr. Shannon LaBove. The photograph below reflects the scene of the debate.
The program was a rousing success with many students commenting on the response forms that this should be an annual event. Ms. Telisa Amie organized the event and décor to give the program a patriotic feel that encouraged student participation. Students learned about contemporary application of the first amendment to their lives.
Teaching Debate at St Cyprian’s Elementary School
Wiley College Debate Team members Sean Allen and Brittani Batts along with Dr. Shannon LaBove attended St. Cyprian’s Elementary School in Lufkin, TX on September 28, 2009 to help the fifth grade debate team organize their first debate.
The scene was captured on KTRE Channel 9 News in Lufkin as well as in their local newspaper. Students were treated to a mock debate on their resolution: cell phones should not be given to children under the age of sixteen. It was a learning experience for the elementary and college students involved.