Wake and Debate—a long history and cause for celebration

“Long before we played football, edited publications, acted, or sang—in fact, almost before we studied, we of Wake Forest talked.”
(Yearbook) 1943 – Ed Wilson

On February 8, Wake Forest debaters Richard Min and Lee Quinn along with Joe LeDuc and Melvin Washington received First Round Bids to the National Debate Tournament (NDT). The NDT is reserved for the top 78 Melvin (left) and Joe win the Pitt Round Robinteams in the nation. A First Round bid means that these debaters were ranked in the top 16 teams in the country and do not have to participate in any additional qualification tournaments to attend the NDT. Joe LeDuc and Melvin Washington also placed 2nd in the field of 150 top national teams at the University of Texas Open during the weekend of February 8.

Wake Forest Debate started in 1835, only one year after the founding of Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute (now Wake Forest University) in 1834.  This team has won two National Debate Tournament championships. This year’s NDT will take place at the end of March at Indiana University. The tournament will be hosted by two former Wake Debate alums: Indiana Director of Debate, Brian Shah-DeLong, and the Dean of Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, John Graham.

The Debate Team finished this current season with two teams (Richard Min and Lee Quinn along with Joe LeDuc and Melvin Washington) ranked in the top 10 in coaches’ poll. The only other university with two teams in the top 10 was Harvard http://www.cedadebate.org/forum/index.php/topic,5638.0.html.Wake Forest Debate Team

A big congratulations to Richard, Lee, Joe, and Melvin on receiving first round bids to the 2014 National Debate Tournament. This is the third year in a row that Wake Debate has received two first round bids, which sets a new Wake Forest record.

Thanks to all the coaches and the debate team for their efforts in making this possible.

Wake Forest Debate …Think Hard, Talk Fast….Go Deacs!

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