6th Annual Dr. Grace Sawyer Jones Debate

“Resolved: The United States Should Ban Capital Punishment,” was  the topic of the sixth annual Dr. Grace Sawyer Jones Debate 
held at Three Rivers Community College on February 21, 2020 hosted by Sankofa Education and Leadership, Inc.

Championship Novice Division 1st Place – Bacon Academy

Championship Advanced Division 1st Place – St. Bernard High School

 Semi-Fina1 Round Advanced 1st Place – Bacon Academy

Semi-Fina1 Round Advanced 2nd  Place – St. Bernard High School

Semi-Fina1 Round Novice 1st Place – Bacon Academy

Semi-Fina1 Round Novice 2nd Place – Marine Science Magnet High School 1

2019-2020 Most Valuable Debaters by Division

Bacon Academy – Novice – Sara Rosenthal; Advanced – Abby Auden

Marine Science Magnet High School – Novice – Paige LeMay; Advanced – May Courtney

Norwich Free Academy – Novice – Jackson Lee; Advanced – Dakota Burns

St. Bernard School – Advanced – Grace Reilly

Three Rivers Middle College Magnet High School – Advanced – Breanna Jacques-Rojas

Congratulations to all of the participants and coaches with thanks to the supportive schools and parents.
A very special thank you  to Ashon Avent, Rev. Lynell Axson, Beryl Fishbone, Nicholas K. Fortson, Ayanti Grant, Esq., Miria Gray, Dr. Susan Iwanicki, Daniel King, Esq., Julia McGrath, Frank Manfredi, Esq., Lynda Rizzo-Stowe, Michael J. Stutz, and Gary Young for judging the debate.

Community sponsors were Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, Berkshire Bank, CorePlus Credit Union, Norwich Public Utilities, Putnam Bank, Mohegan Sun, Rotary Club of Norwich, Rotary Community Corp of Norwich, Three Rivers Community College.