Congratulations to Pan African Studies junior Deontrey Yeargin and Computer Information System freshman Raveen Bryant who won the 7th annual Mukai Classic Debate Tournament at Weber State this weekend. The Malcolm X debate team beat out Harvard, Cal State, UMKC, Rutgers University, and Arizona State University to earn the title.
Each year, debaters all over the country compete to earn an invitation to the prestigious National Debate Tournament (NDT); only the top 78 teams in the country make the cut. WY qualifies for the tournament, which is bittersweet for Chinnel, as it means a return to Kansas almost one year to the day since she learned of Van’s death. But the tournament is also a culmination of the squad’s hard work, and the fulfillment of their vow to Van.
Georgia State University: In a pool of 220 speakers, Yeargin is ranked 25th. Wake Forest University: A preliminary round record of 6-2 earns Williams/Yeargin (WY) a place as 14th seed; after elimination rounds, they finish the tournament in the top 32 teams. Yeargin is ranked as 36th speaker and Williams is 38th, out of 266 speakers.
On March 19th, 2017, the Debate Team learned that Savannah, affectionately known as Van, had been killed when she was struck by a stray bullet while attending a performance in Louisville. As a competitive debate team, we’ve experienced our share of losses, so to speak, but this loss was by far the greatest and most painful to fathom.