Towson University Debate Team becomes first black female pair to win championship
Ameena Ruffing and Korey Johnson made history by becoming the first black female pair to take home the Cross Examination Debate Association national championship last week.
The Towson team beat Oklahoma in the final round to claim the national title. The competition featured teams from elite schools including Harvard, Trinity, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, Wayne State, Cal State Fullerton, Florida, Bard College, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, Vanderbilt, NYU and others.
Ruffin and Johnson also earned a first-round bid to the 2014 National Debate Tournament, an invitation-only national championship for collegiate policy debate in the United States. The distinction designates them as one of the top 16 teams in the country.
Founded in 1971, CEDA is the primary national association promoting intercollegiate academic debate on topics related to policy. It formulates the annual intercollegiate policy debate topic used in tournament competition throughout the nation.
Congratulations Ameena and Korey!
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