Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team Celebrates 2015 Accomplishments at End of the Year Reception

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After a long year of competitive and academic success, as well as local service, the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team took some time to reflect and celebrate the 2014-2015 debate session commencement. The Debate Team, with the support of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Newark Chancellor's Office, celebrated being the #1 ranked debate program in the Northeast and the 14th ranked program in the nation at the third annual reception. At the reception honoring the team, students and family, friends, and supporters had the opportunity to celebrate the dedication and excellence of the RU-N Debate Team.

Along with a presentation of certificates of merit for the debate scholarships awarded (in the form of partial and half-tuition as well as out-of-state tuition awards), students who participated in the Newark Debate Academy Educator Internships received a certificate of recognition in honor of their service to the younger students of the city of Newark. The event hosted members of the debate team, its coaching staff, family, friends, members of the Newark Chancellor’s Office – including the Chancellor herself, Nancy Cantor, and Vice Chancellor Marcia Brown – Latoya Battle-Brown, Dean of Admissions at RU-N; and Marc Holzer, the Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).

At this year's reception, the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team established a plaque and award that will annually commemorate a student as "Debater of the Year," representing the most endearing aspects of not only the RU-N Debate Team, but of Rutgers University-Newark in general. The inagural award was presented to Christopher William, a debater who has been a member of the team since his freshman year. Student Elijah Smith provided a great speech to commemorate his last year as both a debater and undergraduate at Rutgers University-Newark that spoke volumes to the benefits and privileges he has received from being a member of the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team. There was also an emotional delivery by the father of freshman debater Subroto Sinha that really explained the effects debate has on his son as well as the strong relationship that the members of the RU-N debate squad share with each other.

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