From left: Abdullah Ayaz (’15) and Alando McIntyre (’16), Baruch’s first ever team at the National Debate Tournament. Photos by Mercedes Sanchez.

Baruch sent its first team ever to the National Debate Tournament (NDT) 2015 Championship, which was held at the University of Iowa in April. Zicklin School students Abdullah Ayaz (’15) and Alando McIntyre (’16) comprised only the second team ever from any CUNY institution to compete.

The NDT is the most prestigious event in varsity college debate. It accepts fewer than 80 pairs, selected through a multipart qualification process, from schools nationwide.

Critical wins against Harvard and Cornell in the Wake Forest University qualifying tournament propelled Ayaz and McIntyre into the top 100 rankings.