Moving into the heart of its 2018-2019 competition season, the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College continues to rack up impressive tournament results.  Most recently, Wiley’s Great Debaters placed fourth overall on November 2 in the historic 71st LE Norton Invitational, its highest finish ever at this event, which is held each year  at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. With almost 30 schools in attendance, including the University of Alabama, University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Illinois, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Minnesota-Mankato, the LE Norton Invitational is one of the largest regular season tournaments in the nation.

On October 26, Wiley’s Great Debaters co-hosted the Rage on the Bayou Tournament with the University of Louisiana-LaFayette Speech Team, claiming third place behind the formidable squads from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Alabama.  Oher schools that competed at the tournament included University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice University, and Texas State University.

The results of each student  who competed at the tournaments are as follows:

71st LE Norton Invitational

Wiley’s debate team is pictured with the debate team of Bradley University at Bradley’s 71st Annual LE Norton Invitational Tournament. Wiley took fourth place at the competition, its highest finish ever at Norton. This year’s event was also a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. The tournament raised close to $900 for the charitable organization.

Rahmane Dixon, a sophomore from Houston, placed 5th in Persuasive Speaking, and 4th in Impromptu Speaking.

Cardero Berryman, a junior from Houston, was the tournament champion in Duo Interpretation with Micah Williams, a sophomore from Houston.

Micah Williams placed 6th in Poetry Interpretation as well as was tournament champion in Duo Interpretation with Cardero Berryman.

Fortune Onwunali and Danielle Jones, both juniors from Houston, placed 4th in Duo Interpretation.

Omari Hawkins, a senior from Tyler, Texas, placed 6th in Prose Interpretation and 3rd in Poetry Interpretation.

Emmanuela Wade, a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, placed 5th in Dramatic Interpretation, 5th in Prose Interpretation, and was tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation.

Also contributing to Wiley’s success: Louis Mendez, a junior from Houston; Dimitri Brooks, a junior from Houston,; Maliq Wright, a senior from Houston; Zakeyus Pledger, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri; and Stephanie Cancel, a junior from Brooklyn, New York.

Rage on the Bayou

Wiley’s debaters are pictured at the Rage on the Bayou Tournament in Lafayette, Louisiana. On the front row (sitting) are: Stephanie Cancel and Fortune Onwunali. On the second row are Omari Hawkins, Danielle Jones, and Nala Johnson. And on the third row are Zakeyus Pledger and Curtis Milby.

Curtis Milby, a senior from Hodgenville, Kentucky, placed 4th in Dramatic Interpretation at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette portion, and 5th in informative speaking as well as taking 1st in Dramatic Interpretation at the Wiley College tournament.

Omari Hawkins, a senior from Tyler, Texas, placed 7th in Prose Interpretation at the Wiley College tournament.

Nala Johnson, a senior from Camden, New Jersey, placed 6th in Dramatic Interpretation, and 6th in Program Oral Interpretation at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette portion, as well as placing 7th in Dramatic Interpretation at the Wiley College tournament.

Fortune Onwunali, a junior from Houston, Texas, placed 5th in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th  in Duo Interpretation with Danielle Jones, a junior from Houston, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette portion,  as well placing 4th in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th  in Duo Interpretation with Danielle Jones at the Wiley College tournament.

Danielle Jones  placed 6th in Persuasive Speaking, 5th in Poetry Interpretation, and 4th  in  Duo Interpretation with Fortune Onwunali, and  she also placed 4th in  Duo Interpretation with Fortune Onwunali at the Wiley College tournament.

Stephanie Cancel, a junior from Brooklyn, New York, placed 1st in Dramatic Interpretation and 1st in Poetry Interpretation at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette portion.

Also contributing to the team’s success was Zakeyus Pledger, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri.