104 History of Wake Forest College
won a four to one decision of the judges. On April 24 Wake Forest College
participated in a triangular debate with Charleston College and the College of
William and Mary. The query was: "Resolved, That Congress should be empowered
to override by two-thirds vote decisions of the Supreme Court which declare acts of
Congress unconstitutional." At Wake Forest the Wake Forest team, D. S. Haworth
of Fountain City, Tenn., and Hoyt Blackwell of Kershaw, S. C., supported the
affirmative and won a unanimous decision over the College of Charleston. At
Williamsburg the Wake Forest team, C. R. Tew of Raleigh, N. C., and A. S.
Gillespie of Boiling Springs, N. C., supporting the negative, won a two-to-one
decision over the team of the College of William and Mary. The Wake Forest team,
O. L. Norment of Whiteville, N. C., C. R. Holmes of Farmville, N. C., and J. J.
Tarlton of Marshville, N. C., supporting the affirmative of the last named query met
the Davidson College team in Charlotte on May 1, and lost by a two-to-one
decision. On the evening of May 12 the Wake Forest team, C. B. Earp of Selma, N.
C., and S. L. Blanton of Ellenboro, N. C., defending the negative of the same
question, won a unanimous decision over the team of Baylor University at Mem-
phis, Tenn.
The College has also done much to encourage public speaking in
the high schools of the state. In May, 1917, under the auspices of the
Literary Societies, was held the first of a series of annual declamation
contests. The high schools of the State were invited to send
contestants and many of them responded, as many as fifty declaimers
coming the first year, except in the years of the war, a greater number
thereafter. To the winner in the contest went a gold medal and a
scholarship in the College for one year. In 1923 the contest developed
into a tournament, and a high school track meet was added, each
school being allowed one contestant for the declamation contests and
five for the track meet; the tournaments continued until 1928, and the
declamation contests a year longer, ending in 1929. The latter were
always interesting and were heard every year by large audiences; in
most instances the declaimers had received the best of training, which
must have been of great value to them. Probably these contests would
have been continued, had not the
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