Much of the innovation in contemporary LD is driven by intercollegiate debaters and coaches. This weekend is the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship, followed by the National Debate Tournament (NDT)—the two largest intercollegiate debate championships in the U.S. We wish the best of luck to the VBI alumni and instructors who will be competing at CEDA and the NDT. (Sorry if we missed anyone below!)
Elana Quint (Arizona State), Lawrence Zhou (Oklahoma), Nicole Nave (Rutgers–Newark), and Devane Murphy (Rutgers–Newark) will be competing at CEDA Nationals. Christian Quiroz (Rutgers–Newark) and Arjun Tambe (Stanford) will be competing at the NDT, in addition to Nicole and Devane, who received first-round bids. Nicole also cleared at CEDA and the NDT last year.
Carlos Astacio will be coaching Rutgers–Newark. Elijah Smith (past winner of both CEDA and the NDT) will be coaching Wake Forest.
Other college policy debaters and coaches (past and present) on VBI staff include Eric Beane (Houston), Adegoke Fakorede (Rutgers-Newark), Michael Mangus (Pittsburgh), SunHee Simon-Mbong (Stanford), Nick Tourville (Minnesota), and Chris Vincent (Louisville; Louisiana State).
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