Debate Teams Dominate

Middle School and High School students demonstrate GDS dominance in novice to prestigious categories.
While Middle School students swept the first six places in their first-ever tournament with the DC Urban Debate League, our High School team gave emphatic performances at the New York City Invitational this weekend.

“Jonah Docter-Loeb ’20 continued his dominant performance in Competitive Speech, taking 1st place overall in Original Oratory,” said coach jon sharp. Jonah is now qualified for the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky on April 27, 2019. This will be his second bid to the prestigious event.

Jonah said: “Original Oratory is a speech event where you write and develop a 10-minute speech about an issue that matters to you. Speech events like Oratory have allowed me to develop my own voice, improve my writing, and think on the spot. Perhaps most significant, speech is an outlet for me to express my ideas, difficulties, or knowledge on issues that I am passionate about.”

In addition, the Policy Debate teams of Ian Partman ’20 & Gabe Ritter ’20 and Tara Bhagat ’19 & Robin Forsyth ’19 both made it to the Octafinals (round of 16) of the tournament, with Tara receiving additional recognition as the 17th individual speaker in the Policy division.

Meanwhile, the GDS 360 debate team—a part of our after-school enrichment program for Middle School—participated in the novice team event. Our first five teams went undefeated (the sixth team went 3-1) to sweep the field of 16 teams. They will advance to JV at the next tournament on November 3. See our top-ranking teams below!
  • 1st: Max Wang ’23 and Dalton Beach ’24
  • 2nd: Peter Kumar ’25 and Ike Song ’24
  • 3rd: Delaney McDermott ’24 and Juni Irving-PettyJohn ’24
  • 4th: Milo Borek ’23 and Griffin Brown ’23
  • 5th: Alexa Gillespie ’25 and Sherlock Grigsby ’25
  • 6th: Jack Farrell ’24 and Alex Marchand ’24

Staff writer Danny Stock tells the stories of teaching, learning, competing, creating, and performing at Georgetown Day School. He is a former GDS second grade teacher and current parent.


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