The Rubicon

A conversation with new Director of Debate Vincent Cheng

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline

October 25, 2020

A familiar face in the English department, Cheng took over the debate program when Tom Fones retired.

Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA

Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA

Maddy Fisher, RubicOnline

May 29, 2020

As the year draws to a close, seven members of the Upper School staff plan their departure.

Debate balance: success & “awesome”

Head of Debate, Tom Fones, teaches one of his many debate classes this semester.

Maddy Fisher, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

SPA's debate team is currently ranked second in state.

Jobs should count towards senior project hours

Senior Emma Sampson working at CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar.

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

April 24, 2019

Students with jobs struggle to balance senior project requirements.

Liminal SPAces: Diving into spooky spots

A photo of the

Melissa Nie, RubicOnline Editor

March 14, 2019

Melissa Nie explores spaces that give off strange vibes around the school.

Fones, McCauley enthusiastic about novice debaters

Tom Fones and 9th Grader Maura Hartfeldt share a joke during Beginning Debate class.

Lucy Benson, The Rubicon Editor

October 26, 2018

The 2018 Debate season fosters a new group of novice debaters.

Debate teams dominate National Qualifiers

National Qualifiers pose with their plaques and their coach at the Dec. 9 tournament.

News in Brief

December 11, 2017

Three debate teams qualified for nationals at the Dec. 9 tournament.

Senior Projects give students worldly perspective

Claire Hallaway, Staff Writer

April 23, 2017

Senior projects signal the end of an era at SPA for graduating seniors, but also provide them with knowledge of a professional world outside campus before college ensues.

Four debate finalists will participate in World Schools Debate invitational

FIVE DEBATERS will compete in the 2016 USA World Schools Debate Invitational. Juniors Sarah Wheaton (far left), Shefali Bijwadia (far right), Kathryn Schmechel (right center), Raffi Toghramadjian (top right), and Moira McCarthy (not pictured) will make up the team. “This has traditionally been something that seniors get to do ... [Debate Teacher Tom] Fones really wanted this to be an experience that made us a more cohesive team for next year,” Wheaton said.

May 31, 2016

Debaters and alternate will attend the competition in Salt Lake City, Utah in June.

Teachers use humor in classroom to improve experience

Upper School teachers Philip de Sa e Silva, Jon Peterson, Aaron Shuler, and Pam Starkey all use humor as part of their teaching method. “Humor and songs lighten the mood and allow kids to take more risks than they would otherwise,” Starkey said.

Sophie Jaro, Opinions Editor

May 3, 2016

By creating an environment that is analytical, memorable, and relatable, the many humorous teachers at St. Paul Academy and Summit School provide their students with a more thorough understanding of content, love of learning, and feeling of belonging.

Debate takes first and second place in section tournament

Debate team competitors pose for a photo after awards.  Pictured are seniors Liza Bukingolts, Navodhya Samarakoon and Maya Smith, sophomore Adnan Askari, and juniors Sarah Wheaton, Shefali Bijwadia and Raffi Toghramadjian.

News in Brief

January 11, 2016

This is the 15th consecutive year the debate team has qualified for the state tournament.