The Peabody Debate team had a lot of success at November’s Charlottesville Debate League tournament. All four teams–Joshua L. & Gabe D., Sascha R. & Ananya M., Julia S. & Ellena A., Caroline G. & Danny V.–did a fantastic job over the initial three rounds. The topic–that the benefits of standardized testing in schools outweighs the harms–was a difficult one, and each team had to argue pro and con over the course of those three rounds.
Two teams–Julia & Ellena and Caroline & Danny–qualified for the semi-finals, and in a close final round, Caroline & Danny won the day, defeating an excellent team from Tandem. Caroline & Danny, in their very first debate competition, went a perfect 5-0! Congratulations to all, including Mr, Merrick and Mr. Ebersole and our wonderful UVA student facilitators!