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Results from Chengdu, China: Congratulations to George and Griffin

I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving Break!

Over break, the debate team of George Lefkowicz and Griffin Richie competed in the Chengdu, China Youth Debate Challenge. I’m happy to report that the team went undefeated in preliminary rounds, advanced to elimination rounds and ended up taking 5th place at the China/US competition. They are one of only 2 teams from the United States to be in the top 8 teams. It was a remarkable experience!

I know some asked if they could watch and I meant to let you know that the rounds were not open to the public or I would have invited everyone to sit in the debate rounds. But I told the debaters about the request and they were deeply touched. Thank you!

Thanks for your constant support!

Mario Herrera

Two Jesters selected to attend China U.S. Sister Cities Youth Debate Challenge

Griffin Richie and George Lefkowicz have been selected as one of fourteen teams from the United States to compete in the China (Chengdu) U.S Sister Cities Youth Debate Challenge. The team from Grady HS will compete virtually against teams from Beijing. Competition begins on Friday, November 21.

We have never competed in a competition such as this and look forward to debating students from China. What a wonderful way to meet students with the same interests from China. Congratulations to Griffin and George.

Best of luck to all competitors!