In 2013 history was made in collegiate debate. "Elijah Smith, a junior at Rutgers-Newark's School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), and Ryan Wash of Emporia State University made history in the collegiate debate world. Smith and Wash garnered this year’s national Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) championship title and clinched the championship title for the National Debate Tournament (NDT). No other team has won both tournaments in the same academic year. Smith and Wash also are the first all African-American team to win the NDT and the second all African-American team to win the CEDA tournament." (https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/news/collegiate-debaters-win-national-championship)
Last year Ryan was featured by Radiolab in an incredible podcast. http://www.radiolab.org/story/debatable/.
And this week it was announced that there are plans for a feature film to be made about him!
"Ryan Wash, an openly gay black debater from Kansas who won the 2013 Cross Examination Association and National Debate Tournament championships, will be the subject of a feature film that has been set up with powerhouse backers.Daniel Barnz has been set to direct and co-write the script with Wash and Ned Zeman, in a co-production between Plan B, Annapurna ,MACROand We’re Not Brothers, which Barnz runs with Ben Barnz. Annapurna will distribute the coming of age tale and co-finance with MACRO. Wash will be an executive producer. Barnz most recently directed Cake and Won’t Back Down. (http://deadline.com/2017/08/debate-champion-ryan-wash-plan-b-annapurna-macro-daniel-barnz-movie-deal-1202140093/)
So shout outs to Ryan and all UDL alumni! Ryan was an alumni of the Kansas City Urban Debate League and his partner, Elijah Smith was an alumni of the Jersey Urban Debate League. And shout out to their passion and all UDL alumni passion and dedication for debate and that every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities.