Emily GirschApr 26, 2018, 6:59 pmApr 27, 2018, 1:25 pm

'#BlackGirlGenius' debaters make historic trip to national tournament

The girls from North Star Academy are the first all-black girls' debate team to take part in the Tournament of Champions


NEWARK — Four girls from North Star Academy are heading to the University of Kentucky to represent New Jersey in a national debate tournament.

The girls, who are all black, say their historic trip is about breaking down societal norms. The quartet are the first-ever all-black girls debate team to participate in the Tournament of Champions.

"It feels great to be a role model for other young black girls who don't feel like they belong in a debate space," said Jahne Benthall, a senior.

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