Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team Makes Quarterfinals and Receives Speaker Awards at The United States Military Academy Debates at West Point Academy, October 23rd - 25th

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The Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team competed at the West Point Academy for The United States Military Academy Debates on October 23-25, 2015 and successfully cleared three out of four teams – one in the junior varsity division and two in the open/varsity division – and received a few speaker awards as well.

This year’s commendable RU-N Debate Team achievements include Hannah Stafford (junior) and Luis Carrera (ECC) competing until the quarterfinals before losing to the first seed from Liberty University, and the team of Kevon Haughton (senior) and Christian Quiroz (freshman) competing until the quarterfinals before losing to a team from New York University. In the junior varsity division, Andres Monclut (freshman) swung with a new policy debater from the West Point Academy, and the team made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Cornell University in a close decision – an astonishing feat for someone with no previous policy debate experience. The RU-N Debate Team’s impressive performance included multiple awards, with three quarterfinalists and three speakers in the top 20 in open/varsity: Kevon placed 16th, Hannah placed 6th, and Luis placed 5th, and Andres placed 19th in junior varsity.

The United States Military Academy Debates at West Point Academy is by far one of the most competitive and prestigious tournaments provided to the northeast region of debate. With debate programs and universities from all over the northeast competing for the traveling trophy – the “Saber” – competition this year was extremely staunch. The tournament had its start as the original location of the National Debate Tournament (NDT) and sets the tone for national tournaments like those at Wake Forest University and The California Swings at Berkeley.

RU-N debaters have had a long line of success at this tournament, including a finals appearance in 2013 with alum Elijah Smith, and multiple late elimination rounds appearances in 2014, including having a finalist in the junior varsity division.

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