From left, Samual Maurer, ESU director of debate; Rashad Evans, director of debate at Western Connecticut University and ESU judging assistant and assistant coach; Elijah Smith, sophomore political science major; Ryan Wash, senior communication major; and Christopher Loghry, ESU assistant debate coach. (photo credit: Joshua A. Gonzalez/Emporia State University Media Relations)
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — An Emporia State debate team made history with its second win in a national competition in one week. The team of Ryan Wash and Elijah Smith won the National Debate Tournament Tuesday morning at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The university says in a news release the duo also won the Cross Examination Debate Association national tournament at Idaho State University last week. Allan Louden, chairman of the communications department at Wake Forest University, says Wash and Smith are the first team to win both titles in the same season. The CEDA competition is open to all teams that want to compete, while teams must qualify for the National Debate Tournament. Smith is a sophomore from Newark, New Jersey, and Wash is a senior from Kansas City, Missouri.