Matthew Harris Ornstein Outstanding Debater Award

The Matthew Harris Ornstein Outstanding Debater Award is one of the most prestigious awards we give out all year. It recognizes students who go above and beyond during the summer institute, demonstrating the sportsmanship, humor, hard work, personal growth, leadership, and competitive success that defined Matthew. 

Any student is eligible to receive the award, even first year novices who are attending debate camp for the first time. Every lab leader nominates a single student, and the nominee is chosen from among those nominees. A student can't be nominated if they have already won the award. 

Dennis Martinez, 2020
Dennis Martinez, 2020

Northwestern High School, Class of 2021 Posse Scholar, Lewis and Clarke College Class of 2024

Munyang Tengen, 2019
Munyang Tengen, 2019

Bowie High School Class of 2020 Howard University Class of 2024

Asha Verma, 2018
Asha Verma, 2018

Kenmoor Middle School Class of 2019 E. Roosevelt High School Class of 2023 TBD Class of 2027

Jonathan Collins, 2017
Jonathan Collins, 2017

DuVal High School Class of 2019 Harvard University Class of 2023

Demetrius Sadler, 2016
Demetrius Sadler, 2016

Banneker High School Class of 2017 University of Rochester Class of 2022

Keoni Scott-Reid, 2015
Keoni Scott-Reid, 2015

Largo High School Class of 2017 Garrett College Class of 2022

The first three Matthew Harris Ornstein Outstanding Debater Award winners stand with WUDL Program Director David Trigaux and Matthew Ornstein's former debate coach, Jim Gentile at the presentation of the 2017 award at Trinity Washington University.