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NCCU Students Participate in HBCU Debate Tournament

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From L to R : Jordan Thomas, Jaylin Thomas, Beatrice Beaubrun, Denzel Goodlin, Akelo Agingu and team adviser Roderick Heath
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Five North Carolina Central University students participated in the HBCU National Speech and Debate Championship Tournament at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, bringing home three awards.

The NCCU team debated on subjects such as value of civil discussion, including criminal justice reform, ethical leadership and social justice issues against teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Academic institutions included: Hampton University, Texas Southern University, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University and Howard University.

Representing NCCU at the tournament included Denzel Goodlin, a junior social work major from Woodbridge, Va., Beatrice Beaubrun, a junior political science major from Newark, New Jersey, Jordan Thomas, a freshman political science major from Henderson, N.C., Akelo Agingu, a freshman political science major from Creedmoor, N.C.,  and Jaylin Thomas, a senior criminal justice major from Durham, N.C.

In addition to the team winning third place in the speech competition, Goodlin received first place for the dinner speech competition and also best speaker. 

Famed actor Denzel Washington was also a guest at the event, where he donated $1 million to restart Wiley University’s debate program.


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