Gun­ston de­baters ex­cel at Ge­orge­town

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — At the re­cent two-day Ge­orge­town Public Fo­rum and Congress held at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity, Gun­ston School de­bate team mem­bers Elaine Jiang and Sut­ter Phillips ad­vanced as octa-fi­nal­ists in a com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tional field of 41 teams. The Gun­ston team com­peted in the Public Fo­rum cat­e­gory, which fo­cused on the ques­tion: “Re­solved: In United States public K-12 schools, the prob­a­ble cause stan­dard ought to ap­ply to searches of stu­dents.”

Dur­ing their six rounds — each last­ing 50 min­utes — Sut­ter and Jiang went 4-2, even­tu­ally los­ing to the cat­e­gory cham­pion in the play­offs. Also com­pet­ing were Gun­ston se­nior Cliff Peng, sopho­more Ben McBride, and fresh­man An­drew Amyg­da­los. Dur­ing their pre­lim­i­nary rounds, they won three of the six rounds.

“It was an im­pres­sive per­for­mance against some of the top de­bate teams in the coun­try,” said Gun­ston’s Head­mas­ter and coach John Lewis, “and the stu­dents did a great job of pre­par­ing and com­pet­ing. De­bate is a new ‘sport’ at Gun­ston, so we ex­pect on­go­ing im­prove­ment.”


The Gun­ston De­bate Team, from left, An­drew Amyg­da­los, Cliff Peng, Head­mas­ter and coach John Lewis, Sut­ter Phillips, Ben McBride and Elaine Jiang.

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