MARSHALL (KYTX) - A member of the Wiley College Debate team in Marshall is so good, his skills took him all the way to the White House Monday.
Debate members packed a room Monday, to give a mock performance of an upcoming debate. The topic, "Are we seeing Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's dream fulfilled?"
While they practiced freshman team member Cameron Smith was in Washington, D.C. with seven other students from across the country selected from the National Urban Debate league. They met President Obama.
"When the door opened it was him, and I wasn't expecting it to be him, I thought it would be someone else," said Smith in a phone interview with CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey.
The National Urban Debate League is a high school program and Smith placed in the leagues top ten back in high school in St. Louis. He's now being honored for his accomplishments.
He said he never imagined debate would bring him face to face with the president.
"He was like a person, he wasn't portraying himself like you know I'm the president," said Smith.
Wiley head debate coach Christopher Medina said, this is great opportunity for a great debater.
"He's a phenomenal debater he is a great talent and he's a great person," said Medina.
Medina went on and said that's just what's to be expected in the Wiley College Program.
"It really shows you what type of students, we're recruiting here at Wiley," said Medina.
Smith is the only team member in Washington, but says the entire team is made up of great debaters.
"Many of the students here are extremely accomplished the number of national finalist and champions we have on this team is really staggering," said Medina.