Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team Qualifies Two Teams to Invitation-Only Tournament Over Summer Break


No summer vacation for the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team! While the school year was officially over, the debate team was on a mission of continued excellence.

Due to the team's reputation as a well-established national debate program, the team has been able to attract a number of elite recruits with support from the Newark Chancellor’s Office. Two of those recruits – Nicole Nave, a nationally ranked debater from Kansas City Kansas Community College and Christian Quiroz, an incoming freshmen recruited from Science Park High School – are already making waves on the national debate circuit by being invited to the 19th annual Val A. Browning Round Robin hosted at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. This tournament selects the 16 best partnerships of debaters across the country to compete in a special invitation-only tournament taking place at the end of September. The Val A. Browning Tournament is known for hosting the best of the best including former and current national debate champions.

Rutgers University-Newark was not only invited to attend, but was also offered two of the 16 slots available to competitors. This is only the second time in the history of the program that Rutgers University-Newark has been invited to this kind of exclusive tournament and it’s the first time that RU-N has qualified two teams to the same Round Robin. Competition for a slot at the tournament was fierce with RU-N receiving qualification spots over more established programs like UC Berkley, Dartmouth, and the University of Arizona.

Nicole Nave and returning student Devane Murphy, as well as Christian Quiroz and returning senior Kevon Haughton, will represent Rutgers University-Newark at the Weber tournament this September.

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