Debate Team Wins
William Xie ’ 19 and Ian Kim ’ 20 took first place in a two-on- two debate tournament hosted
by Woodberry in February. William and
Ian won all four rounds of debate while
arguing whether the United States should
abolish the capital gains tax. Judges praised
them as “strong in all areas of debate” and
“persuasive” with “great command and
implementation of their evidence.” The pair
worked with math teacher Mike Szydlowski
in the weeks before the tournament to
deepen their understanding of capital gains
taxes. Nam Bui ’ 19 and Bo Hrytsak ’ 19 won
second place and third place in Model
Congress, respectively. The tournament
brought 160 competitors from more than
fifteen schools to campus.
Later in the year, William and Ian
qualified for the National Catholic Forensic
League Grand Nationals Tournament in
Washington, DC, after placing fourth in the
district championship. The Roaring Tigers
were coached by Ray Smith.
Students Visit Philadelphia Colleges
Fourteen Woodberry students visited schools and toured Philadelphia over Woodberry’s Long Winter Weekend
and celebrated with the city as the Eagles
won their first Super Bowl title.
Accompanied by college counselors Cath-
erine Box and David Mabe, the group visited
five schools in the Philadelphia area: Drexel
University, Haverford College, Swarthmore
College, University of Pennsylvania, and
Villanova University. The trip was Wood-
berry’s first-ever overnight college tour
and was designed to let boys see a vari-
ety of schools. They took campus tours,
met with admission representatives, and
talked with current college students.
They also attended a University of Penn-
sylvania basketball game, visited several
museums, and sampled the city’s famous
Athletic Development Students Compete
in Powerlifting Events
Adozen students competed in a powerlifting competition in mid- February. These boys worked with
coach Raphael Sydnor ’97 as part of the
afternoon athletic development program
and competed in bench press and deadlift.
The highlight was sixth former Ward
Bissell’s 475 lb. deadlift, which put him on
the Woodberry record board.
At another competition in April, “every
one of our boys hit at least one PR, and
Caleb Simmons ’ 18 broke the state squat
record with a 442 lb. squat in the 181
weight class followed by a WFS record
479 lb. deadlift,” said Coach Sydnor.
Woodberry’s athletic development
program allows students to work on
strength and conditioning, either for
general purposes or to prepare for an
upcoming season in a specific sport.
Alumni Share Career Lessons and Advice
Woodberry Forest alumni from around the country returned to campus for Career Day on
February 20. They discussed their careers
and shared helpful lessons learned from
Woodberry, college, and their work. After
a keynote session led by John Robinson ’94
and John Petrone ’06, members of the fifth
and sixth forms attended a series of breakout
sessions to learn about different industries.
Career Day, which coincided with Tiger
Day, also included special opportunities
for other students to meet with the alumni,
including a late-evening gathering in the Fir
Tree for ice cream sundaes.
William Xie ’ 19 and Ian Kim ’ 20
Front: Will Knight ’97, Chip Farrar ’04, McNair Evans ’97, Beau Thomas ’05, Andy Han ’ 13, Landon Biggs ’09
Back: John Petrone ’06, John Robinson ’94, Sam Slater ’03, Brad Cook ’05
Not Pictured: Jack James ’08, Ben Matthews ’06, Ed Testerman ’02