Gunston Debaters Excel at Georgetown


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.”


The Debate Team left to right: Andrew Amygdalos ’20, Cliff Peng ’17, Headmaster John Lewis, Sutter Phillips ’17, Ben McBride ’19, Elaine Jiang ’20.

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.”

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