Beginning in 1918, the Wayne State forensics program has produced hundreds of team and individual debate and speech champions. Our students have won the National Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha Championship eight times, placed first at the National Forensics Association (NFA) Championship, placed second at the National Debate Tournament (NDT) twice and won the NDT top speaker award, won the American Debate Association national championship, placed among the top 10 at the NFA and National Individual Events Tournament and have won virtually every major national debate tournament at least once. Debate and speech team activities provide students with rigorous training and opportunities to sharpen speaking and critical thinking skills. In addition, we provide a great amount of outreach to local middle school and high school forensics programs and campus critical thinking activities.
If you are a Wayne State student or are considering joining the team, read on and e-mail us soon or stop by the 5th floor of Manoogian Hall!
If you are visiting our page from another team, welcome! The Wayne
State University forensics program has established a long tradition of
competition in both team policy debate and individual events.
We are supported by and housed in the Wayne State Department of Communication,the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) and the Office of the President.
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2016-17 Results Highlights
5 Octafinalist, 4 quarterfinalists, 2 semis, and 4th place in Persuasion @ NFA Nationals
13th in NFA overall sweeps and 2nd in President's Two Division.
5 state champions - 2nd place overall (Kevin Mardirosian (After Dinner Speaking, Duo (w/Burklow) Persuasion), Shannon Flory (Program Oral Interpretation), and John Burklow (Duo))
83rd NDT Qualifier as a program - Kristina Curtiss & Doug Husic
Kevin Mardirosian - 2nd place ADS and Semis in Prose @ Bradley Univ (the Norton)
Doug Husic & Katrail Davis - Octafinals @ Wayne State
Kevin Mardirosian - 5th place, ADS @ Bradley Univ (Hell Freezes Over)
Ali Berro & Maryam Jayyousi - 2nd place Novice @ Univ of Dayton
Kevin Mardirosian - ADS & Prose champion @ Marshall University
Janai Williams & Neil Haran - JV champions, Liberty University
Shannon Flory - Dramatic Champion @ Ohio State
Ali Berro & Maryam Jayyousi - 2nd place Novice @ Duquesne
Jonathan Lundblad - Rhet Crit Champion @ Fall MISL
Doug Husic & Katrail Davis - Octafinals @ Liberty University
Kristina Curtiss & Jenny Anton - Octafinalists @ Liberty University
Kevin Mardirosian - Champion in ADS & Prose @ Fall BGSU
Kristina Curtiss & Doug Husic - Quarterfinalists @ US Naval Academy
Alex Azzopardi - Champion in Extemp @ Kentucky
Kristina Curtiss & Doug Husic - Octafinalists @ Indiana
John Burklow - Champion in Dramatic @ Kentucky
Kristina Curtiss & Doug Husic - Quarterfinalists @ Miami Florida
Shannon Flory - Champion in POI @ Kentucky
Neil Haran & Janai Williams - 2nd place in JV @ Kentucky