Fuqua students bring home debate win

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fuqua School students made a strong showing in their second Virginia Catholic Forensic League appearance.

Alexa Marzloff competed for the first time in the Student Congress division in which students participate in parliamentary debate.  Alice Zhong, an international student from China, performed in Oratorical Declamation using a memorized speech previously given by another person.

Participating in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, in which individual students debate issues of values and philosophy, were Christopher Kendall, Paavan Bonagiri and Max Gebauer.  Bonagiri won the third-place trophy, and with an undefeated record, Gebauer received the first-place trophy and was named the tournament champion. Both Bonagiri and Gebauer qualified for the league’s national qualifying tournament to be held in March.

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Coach Dr. Robert Frank said, “Our results demonstrated the hard work and natural talent of the team.  I had hoped to achieve these results next year.  Each of our students competing in this tournament gave his or her best and walked away having learned a great deal. I am awed by the support of the Fuqua School leadership, from alumni, and from the parents. Not only are the team members developing into outstanding competitors, but they also are having fun doing it.”