The Rutgers University Debate Union started off the American Parliamentary Debate Association season with four debate teams competing at the John Hopkins University tournament. The four teams consisted of varsity members Quinn Maingi & Sean Leonard, Nick Hansen & Rachel Moon, Kurt Falk & Russell Potter, and George Alukal teaming with novice Minnal Kunnan. Each team competed in 5 preliminary debate rounds, with 3 of the teams finishing with a winning record.
Quinn Maingi & Sean Leonard (last year’s runners up at the APDA National Championship) finished the tournament as the top seed with a 5–0 record and made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Maingi & Leonard finished as the 5th best varsity team at the tournament. In addition to having a team competing in the quarterfinals of the tournament, members of the team won individual speaking awards. Quinn won 8th place varsity speaker and newcomer Minnal won 3rd place novice speaker.
The team of Maingi & Leonard is now tied for 4th Team of The Year (TOTY), and RUDU is tied for 4th College of the Year (COTY).
The RUDU team represented their new academic home, the School of Communication & Information, with well-thought out arguments and positive energy. Each member of the team showed the power of their communication and has started the debate season with a bang! Congratulations to each team that competed at John Hopkins this weekend!