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Our Winning Debate Team

Posted On: 11/21/2016 12:53 PM

In the first two weekends of November, Fuqua School’s Debate Team participated in two distinctly different tournaments. The first tournament—at Midlothian High School—was a large VHSL event with over two hundred debaters. We sent eight members of the team: Captain Max Gebauer, Paavan Bonagiri, Roman Davis, Andrew Horton, Cody Howard, Christian Huggard, Christopher Kendall, and Peyton Wiecking. Our team was a great mix of experienced and novice debaters. We gained quite a bit of experience from top to bottom and four of our debaters earned trophies: Max Gebauer took second place overall in Lincoln-Douglas, Roman Davis snagged fifth place in the novice division of Lincoln-Douglas, and the team of Cody Howard and Peyton Wiecking brought home the third place trophy in novice Public Forum.

At the second tournament of the year, we sent our four Lincoln-Douglas debaters to Madison County High School for the first event in the Virginia Catholic Forensic League. Although a slightly smaller tournament, the team swept the top four spots in Lincoln-Douglas with Max Gebauer taking the top prize. Paavan Bonagiri also went 3-0 while Roman Davis and Christopher Kendall both went 2-1 to close out the top four. These four gentlemen dominated the competition over the issue of limited qualified immunity through a mix of logic, rhetoric, and teamwork. Their sweep of the Lincoln-Douglas discipline secured the team a second place trophy in the overall Debate Sweepstakes—a combined score from the three debate disciplines: Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Student Congress.

Pictured (l-r) The four Fuqua School debaters that earned trophies during the first tournament: Max Gebauer, Peyton Wiecking; Cody Howard and Roman Davis.

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