The Broad Run Debate and Speech team would like to express its gratitude to the many alumni who have stepped up over the years with generous donations to help cover the mushrooming financial costs which have accompanied the team’s continued growth.
At the top stands Patton Oswalt, a three-time champion in Humorous Interpretation from the class of 1987. Patton has done very well as a stand-up comedian and as an actor in Hollywood. For the last ten years he has been donating as much as $2500.00 each year to this team.
Josh Rogers, two-time state champion in policy debate from the class of ’93, became an account executive with American Express, and went on to open his own investment firm, Arete Wealth, in Chicago. Last year Josh made an initial donation of $1,000.00 in October, then added a monthly donation of $300.00 for the next ten months, contributing a total of $4,000.00 to this team, without which we would not have been able to continue competing through the second semester. Thank you, Josh! Josh’s partner in debate in 1992 and 1993, Rob Carter, is now an attorney in the Washington area, and donated $600.00 to us.
Aaron Zeitlin, Lincoln-Douglas State Champion, class of ’90, and his wife, also a Broad Run graduate, Dr. Han Chau, who owns a veterinary clinic in the Stone Ridge shopping center of South Riding, also donated $600.00.
Jonathan Wilan, a policy debate champion from the class of 1990, who went on to win the national mock trial championship in his junior year at the University of Maryland, and is currently a partner in one of the largest law firms in the country, donates $1000,00 a year to help keep this team going.
Stacy (Dawson) Belf, a state policy debate champion from the class of 1992, attended Auburn, and won the number one speaker award at the collegiate model UN in her senior year. She is currently an attorney in Boston, and donated $400.00 to the team last year. Stacy’s mom, Mary Lou Dawson, who still resides in Ashburn, remembers how much debate did for both her daughters, Stacy and Erin, and donated generously as well.
Bill Lebeau, who, along with his partner, Mary Roetzer, was actually the first state debate champion in my tenure as coach, in 1988, is now an attorney in Washington, D.C., contributed $250.00 to the team last fall.
Austin Rosenfeld, who was a two-time state champion in ’94 and ’95, now owns his own software company, Macedon Technologies, here in Northern Virginia. He donated $1,000.00 to the team last May, which allowed several of our kids to compete in NCFL nationals last spring in Philadelphia. He has said that he will continue helping the team this year as well.
I would like to thank all of these people from the bottom of my heart for helping to support a program which still does wonderful things for students here at Broad Run. I would also like to thank Rebecca (Prince) Johnston, class of ’91, who now resides in Florida, and who sent the word out to our alumni by way of Facebook last spring. Many thanks to each of these folks!