WBU Places Second at Debate Championship

May 1, 2019

The members of the WBU Forensics team holding their awards.
Wayland’s forensics (speech and debate) team placed second at the National Christian College Forensics Association national championship in March. Pictured are (from left) team sponsor Dr. Tim Doty, Anita Salazar, Madeline Alison and Keylynn Boyce.

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University celebrated an academic national runner-up finish earlier this spring at the National Christian College Forensics Association National Championship, held March 14-16 at Kansas Wesleyan University. Forensics is better known as speech and debate.

Wayland’s team of senior Keylynn Boyce, sophomore Madeline Alison and Anita Salazar, who graduated in December, competed in a variety of speech and debate events. Boyce won a pair of individual championships, leading the team to a second-place sweepstakes award.

Boyce was named national champion in poetry interpretation and prose interpretation. She also placed third in dramatic interpretation, third in oral interpretation and fifth in faith-based literature interpretation.

Alison finished second and was named Top Novice in poetry interpretation, an award presented to a first-year competitor. It is rare for first-year competitors to see that kind of success at varsity level competition. Salazar won sixth place in faith-based literature interpretation.

The National Christian College Forensics Association held its first national meet in 1998, bringing together schools from all over the country to compete. This was Wayland’s first year of competition. The Forensics team is led by Dr. Tim Doty.