Debate Club Meeting

Don't miss the first meeting of the year!

debate, discuss, and deliberate

Not on the debate team but want to learn how to debate? You can still be a part of the legacy! Come to the first debate club meeting of the year on Thursday, September 5th at 1pm. Club members have the opportunity to debate on campus throughout the year and can compete in up to two local tournaments during the Fall semester.

First Meeting of Fall Semester

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 1-3pm

Wiley Pemberton Complex, Room 253

All currently enrolled Wiley College students are welcome to join. There are no tryouts and no fuss. Just show up and be ready to plan a year of campus debates.


What we need to do:

  • Get to know each other!
  • Elect new officers.
  • Learn what being in the debate club is all about.
  • Set up schedule of campus debates (and pick topics!).
  • Answer questions about debate in class.


Why debate?

Debate is useful in all professions and careers, yet public speaking is still the #1 fear people have. Debate can help you become a better writer (improving your essay grades), speak with more confidence (boosting your chances at landing a job), and be more knowledgeable about world affairs (making you a more politically engaged individual).

Club Advisor: Sarah Spiker Rainey

This is Coach Spiker's second year with Wiley College. She is the Assistant Director of Forensics, coaching Wiley's speech and debate team and advising the Debate Club.


After finishing fourth in Public Forum Debate at the National Forensics League (NFL) High School National Tournament, Coach Spiker was recruited to Western Kentucky University's forensics team on scholarship to pursue additional instruction in argumentation and debate. In her senior year, she was named the 2011 Kentucky State Parliamentary Debate Champion, 2011 Kentucky State Parliamentary Top Debate Speaker, the 2011 National Forensics Association (NFA) National Lincoln Douglas Debate Champion, and the 2011 NFA National Lincoln Douglas Debate Top Speaker. In addition to her personal forensics career, Coach Spiker has provided public forum debate assistance to her former high school team, case development/lecturing for Mars Hill Bible School, and extemporaneous speaking coaching for Southern Kentucky (SKY) Academy.


In 2012, she joined Wiley College to coach the Great Debaters and successfully coached the first two Black national champions in Lincoln-Douglas debate (Junior Varsity and Novice Division) at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals.