Washburn Rural’s Zach Willingham and Jinyoon Park are national debate champions | #itsecurity | #infosec

By the end of their high school debate careers, Zach Willingham and Jiyoon Park had gotten used to the respect and fear that the Washburn Rural name inspires in other schools.

They’d hear it in the whispers of the hallways and classrooms of the debate tournaments they attended — “Oh shoot, we have to debate Washburn Rural” — and the seniors could surmise it when they’d debate against teams making arguments tailor-made for one of the giants in Kansas and national high school debate circles.

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It was an earned reputation. In Kansas, the pair was one half of a four-member Washburn Rural team that claimed a Kansas 6A state debate championship, usually regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive, in January.

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