Angela walked onto the debate team in 1993 with no previous experience. She thought the activity would be good for her resume. She immediately became an integral member of the squad winning top speaker in the novice division at her very first tournament. During her tenure at Wayne State she maintained a near perfect grade point average, worked multiple internships including one at the White House, and continued to thrive in debate. Her senior year she reached the elimination rounds of the NDT. That same year she scored in the 98th percentile on the LSAT and earned acceptance into all 12 of the top law schools in the country.
Angela asked George which school he thought she should attend and George said he thought it was better to be a big fish in a small pond rather than a small fish in a big pond. Angela pondered this advice and came back to George a few days later telling him, “I’ve decided to be a big fish in a big pond. I’m going to Harvard.”
Tragically, just weeks before she was to leave for law school she passed away unexpectedly. We give this award to the student who best exemplifies Angela’s spirit. Someone who we think, despite a lack of experience in the activity, will be a big fish in a big pond.
For the last 13 years, Dr. Mansharamani has
served as a speechwriter for the Federal Aviation Administration. As an
undergraduate at WSU, he competed in both NDT debate and Individual Events.
During his senior year, he was finalist in both extemporaneous and impromptu
speaking, taking 4th place in both categories. Later, he coached the IE team
from 1999 to 2001. We recognize his outstanding work as a competitor and coach
by recognizing the top limited preparation student performance.