(Marshall, Texas) The Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society kicked off its 2018-2019 season by earning top prizes, including second place overall, at the Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin Tournament, a by invitation only tournament for Lincoln-Douglas debate. Wiley College debater Tylar Phillips, a senior from Marshall, Texas, took first place for Novice Speaking, and Wiley debater Rahmane Dixon, a senior from Richardson, Texas, took second place for two events, persuasive speaking and extemporaneous speaking, at the tournament, which takes place every September at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Phillips and Dixon are two of only a few college students from debate programs around the nation who were selected to compete in the event. Wiley debaters Dimitri Brooks, a junior from Houston, Kamren Cohen, a sophomore from Houston, and Maliq Wright, a senior from Stafford, Texas, also competed at the tournament.
Other schools that participated in the round robin included George Mason University, Pennsylvania State University, Hillsdale College, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Truman State University, Central Michigan University, and Western Kentucky University.
Wiley’s debaters are now off to Houston, where they will compete at the Rice University Classic Swing September 29-30.