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A Kansas University debate team has qualified for the first round of the National Debate Tournament in March, the university announced.
KU senior Melanie Campbell, of Lenexa, and freshman Kevin Christopher Birzer, of Leawood, were one of 16 teams chosen to enter the first round of the national competition without having to first compete at the regional level.
They are the 47th consecutive KU team to qualify for the national tournament and the 35th team in KU's history to enter as a first-round qualifier. Birzer is the first KU freshman to be a first-round qualifier.
The tournament will be held March 28-31 at Indiana University.