by CHRIS MELBOURN
Shakira Washington knows a thing or two about debating. By the time she joined Longview’s debate team, she already had two years of debate and forensics under her belt at Bishop Miege High School.
Washington, who wishes to live in England one day, had the opportunity to debate with world debate finalist Tom Hamilton and Oxford graduate Tom Hay, both from England. She carried on intriguing conversations with each of them. “They’re so smart,” said Shakira.
An aspiring lawyer, Washington attended the University of Kansas last year. She transferred to Longview so she would be closer to home. Washington plans to major in political science. In addition to debate, she takes courses in European history and biology.
She encourages new debaters to join the team. Washington’s advice to new debaters, “You have to be open-minded about everything.”
“Shakira is the best debater on the team,” said Brandi Cole.
Washington enjoys babysitting, playing the piano, watching movies with friends and listening to musicals.
She lives by the motto, “Don’t dream it, be it.”