W.IN Debate

Our Mission

W.in Debate is a free mentoring service that provides women and gender minorities in debate with the opportunity to refine their debating skills in a space where they feel both comfortable and safe, while building long-lasting relationships with positive role models. Founded on the principle of womxn supporting womxn, our program seeks to create a support system for younger womxn involved in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, a male-dominated activity. The program was founded 3 years ago as a strictly LD program, and is now branching out to include mentoring for Policy and Public Forum. We believe that competitive success shouldn’t come at the expense of a womxn’s safety and wellbeing, and we hope to foster an environment where both are possible. Besides providing a mentor/mentee relationship, W.in Debate also hosts lectures that are recorded and posted on this website, initiates practice rounds and group drill sessions for mentees, posts resources like card files and documents, and even publishes essays commenting on gender inequality in debate!

Student Leaders

Abby Morris, President

Abby Morris is a senior from Lake Highland. She has been a mentor for W.in Debate since she was a sophomore, and was co-president of the program her junior year. Abby is very passionate about W.in Debate and has made it her goal to help support and give resources to fellow womxn in the debate community. Abby has been debating for 6 years and has been her team captain since her junior year. In terms of competitive success, Abby has gotten 1 career bid, has had 10+ bid rounds and for her whole high school career has consistently broken at nearly every national tournament attended. She was top speaker at the Florida State Tournament in 2019, and got third place at the tournament in 2020. She also qualified to nationals her junior year. She enjoys reading a variety of debate arguments, but specifically loves philosophical arguments from authors like Hegel, Deleuze and Foucault. 

Samantha McLoughlin, Vice President
Breigh Plat,
National Coordinator

Samantha is a senior from Harvard Westlake. This is her 5th year debating and second year with W.IN Debate. She has thus far received 11 career bids to the TOC, qualifying three times and reaching octafinals her sophomore year. Her junior year, she championed Voices, Meadows, and the Cal RR. Samantha primarily reads policy arguments, but also enjoys basic T/theory debate as well as some critical literature. She believes in the power of inclusive support networks to improve the debate community, and loves W.In Debate for its ability to foster these connections. She hopes to help provide these support systems to gender minorites in debate, and is excited to continue working with W.In Debate this year!

Breigh is a senior at Legacy Christian Academy. She is entering her fourth year in debate and her second year with W.IN. Breigh qualified to the TOC as a junior and she is most interested in post-modern critical literature and topicality. Throughout her time in debate, she has experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate the space as a WOC. She is super thankful to W.IN for fostering incredible relationships and developing support systems across the country, as well as helping her meet her great mentees and other mentors. Working with W.IN has been the highlight of her season and she can’t wait to help gender minorities improve their skills and make new friends!

Adult Supervisors

Zoë Ewing

Zoë debated for Scarsdale High School and now is a junior at Columbia University studying philosophy. As a debater, she received 9 career bids to the TOC and cleared there her senior year. Since graduating, she has coached debaters to the TOC and to win major bid tournaments. Debate is incredibly important to her; it’s where she discovered her interest in philosophy and met many of her best friends. She strongly believes that debate is best when it’s able to include a wide range of perspectives and is really excited to see W.in Debate continue its mission of making debate more accessible.

Jayanne Forrest

Jayanne debated for Fort Lauderdale high school in Lincoln-Douglas for 2 years and Policy debate for 1 year during her 4-year career. She is now a rising sophomore at Columbia University in New York. She loves Anti-blackness and other identity literature, good Topicality debates, and performance in debate. Her outside interests include: the color yellow, dancing, singing, eating food, music, track& field.