Wake Forest senior, Ruby Klein, and junior, Brianna Aaron, won the 2021 virtual Atlantic Coast Conference debate championship over the weekend.
The pair defeated the 2019 reigning champions from Notre Dame. Due to the pandemic, the tournament was not held in 2020.
The tournament took place via Zoom on April 10. Wake Forest was undefeated in the preliminary debates with wins over Duke, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Miami. Klein and Aaron then defeated Notre Dame on a 5-0 decision in the championship debate.
Klein, a sociology major from Piedmont, Calif., was named the top overall speaker for the tournament. Aaron, a sociology major from Newark, N.J., was named the second overall speaker for the tournament.
“This is a dominant performance that reflects the hard work of Ruby and Brianna along with the Wake Debate coaches,” said Jarrod Atchison, John Kevin Medica Director of Debate. “Debating over Zoom is incredibly difficult, but Ruby and Brianna managed to go undefeated against the best competition the ACC has to offer.”
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