The URDU traveled internationally this spring and debated, worlds style in Budapest, Hungary. Two teams went and earneed a lot of great achievements. Dan Lemire and Ben Frazer were quarter finalists. Ben Frazer also earned the 12th open speaker position while Dan Lemire earned the 25th open speaker position.
The URDU policy debated in Virginia and our very own Katie Fong & Niki Linganur earned the title of Novice Octafinalists!
The URDU participated in the Eastern Championships at the George Washington University at Washington D.C for the first time! It was an amazing experience where the debaters earned tons of good experiences while enjoying the sunny DC weather. Some of the amazing achievements of the URDU were:
Ben Frazer & Graeme McGuire = Open Quarterfinalists
Miriam Kohn & Chris Perkins = Open Semifinalists
Ben Frazer = top speaker
Miriam Kohn = 5th Speaker
Graeme McGuire = 9th Speaker
Shivali Mukenji = broke as a judge and entered elimination rounds
Azmeena Sayeed = chaired rounds for the first time as a judge
Tobi Abubakare & Cedric Bonsol debated in Districts while Marta Kontny & Anthony Pericolo debated in the Northeast Regional Championships. It was lovely debated and the teams came back with tons of new experiences!
At Cornell University, URDU participated in all the divisions: Cornell Spanish Division, Cornell Debate Tournament: Policy, and Cornell Novice Nationals & Open Intervarsity: Worlds.
Following are the results.
Cornell Novice Nationals & Open Intervarsity: Worlds
Bri Terrell & Gabby Sahin = Quarterfinalists of Novice Nationals
Ben Frazer & Sarah Hofmann = Open Seminfinalists
Syed Reefat Aziz & Junior Ndlovu = Open Quarterfinalists
Ben Frazer = top open speaker
Sarah Hofmann = 3rd open speaker
Syed Reefat Aziz = 5th open speaker
Cornell Debate Tournament: Policy
Cedric Bonsol & Bethany Gardner = Open Finalists
Anthony Pericolo & Ben Morbeck = Open Semifinalists
Bethany Gardner = 10th open speaker
Cedric Bonsol = 2nd open speaker
Ben Morbeck = 5th open speaker
Katie Fong & Julia Liang = Novice Octafinalists
Cornell Spanish Division
Vanessa Lara & Kelvin Ferreiras = Spanish Finalists
Daniel Gomez (on a hybrid team) = Spanish Semifinalists
It was an amazing tournament for the URDU and the whole team came back with tons of experience and knowledge to share.
The first tournament of the semester was a policy tournament in the Big Apple hosted by the New School. Two U of R teams policy novice teams went and learned a lot! They were assisted by coach Jefferson and varsity policy debater Cedric.
The URDU went to LA, California over winter break to debate in the policy format. The team had a great time debating at the Fullerton tournament.