Christopher Wonnell (WCAS79)

Chris Wonnell debated for Northwestern from 1975 to 1979. Chris qualified for the National Debate Tournament in both his junior and senior years. As a senior, with partner Susan Winkler, they were the first seed at the 1979 National Debate Tournament first round at large seedings. They also were the first seed entering the elimination rounds having gone through the preliminary rounds undefeated. As of that time, they were one of only three teams in the history of the NDT to have done so. Chris and Susan lost in the quarters of the NDT. 

Chris debated his freshman year with Steve Yokich. At Novice Nationals, he was named second speaker.

As a junior, Chris debated with Tom Fulkerson.  They cleared the preliminary rounds of every tournament that they entered that year. Chris and Tom qualified for the NDT and lost in the octa-finals.

As a senior, he partnered with fellow senior Susan Winkler. Chris and Susan also cleared every tournament  they entered and reached at least the quarter finals at each such tournament, winning four tournaments — Harvard, Wyoming (Wonnell was second speaker), Utah (where they closed out the final round with NU’s Don Dripps and Mark Cotham) and Loyola Marymount. They also reached the semi-finals at the University of Kansas Heart of America tournament. Chris was second speaker at the Northern Colorado tournament and first at the Northern Iowa tournament. As noted above, Chris and Susan lost in the quarter-finals  of the NDT after being first seed after the preliminaries. Chris was ninth speaker at the NDT.