Budapest Open 2017

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.

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West Virginia Novice & JV Policy Nationals

The URDU policy debated in Virginia and our very own Katie Fong & Niki Linganur earned the title of Novice Octafinalists!

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GWU Eastern Championships

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

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Binghamton Districts/Northeast Regionals

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!16903549_1475886495768608_7131968672899058705_o

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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.


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Gotham Scrimmage

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.

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Cal Swing (Policy)

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.


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