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.
Northwestern High School, Class of 2021 Posse Scholar, Lewis and Clarke College Class of 2024
Bowie High School Class of 2020 Howard University Class of 2024
Kenmoor Middle School Class of 2019 E. Roosevelt High School Class of 2023 TBD Class of 2027
DuVal High School Class of 2019 Harvard University Class of 2023
Banneker High School Class of 2017 University of Rochester Class of 2022
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.