Wiley College wins big at Border Wars Speech and Debate Tournament
Braving the bitter cold and snow, the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College traveled ten hours to reach Salina, Kansas, where they competed in and won the annual Border Wars Speech and Debate Tournament Championship, amassing 77 awards and honors during the two-day event hosted by Kansas Wesleyan University Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.
the Great Debaters competed with teams from 18 universities, including several of prominence, such as Southwest Baptist University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
The Border Wars Tournament was this year’s first opportunity for all Wiley’s team members to compete together, including the newest member of the team, Winnie Rugamba, who arrived from her home in Rwanda a week before the team’s departure for the tournament. “Doing well at my first tournament was encouraging and humbling,” Rugamba said. “I am in a new place with so many talented people. It encourages me to work harder.”
Despite her lack of experience, having never competed in an American tournament, Rugamba was able to earn third place in Duo Interpretation along with her partner, Austin Ashford. “This weekend our team came together and reminded the community that what Dr. Tolson started, we will carry on -a legacy of greatness,” Pough said.