Susan Winkler (C79, GC79)
Susan Winkler debated for Northwestern from 1975 to 1979. As a senior, Susan and partner Chris Wonnell cleared the preliminary rounds of every tournament they entered and reached the quarter-finals or better at each such tournament, winning four tournaments. They were seeded first in the National Debate Tournament first round at large seedings. They went undefeated through the preliminary rounds at the NDT (one of only three teams to have done so in the history of the NDT as of 1979) and were the first seed entering the elimination rounds. Susan and Chris lost in the quarters at the NDT.
During her senior year, Susan won four tournaments – Harvard, Wyoming (where Susan was first speaker), Utah (where she and Chris closed out the final round with NU’s Don Dripps and Mark Cotham), and Loyola Marymount University. They also reached the semi-finals of the University of Kansas Heart of America tournament. Susan also won top speaker at the Northern Colorado and Northern Iowa tournaments and was eighth speaker at the Kansas State Emporia tournament.