(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)
Making a permanent impression since 1994
February 11, 2002
No argument between friends on Team USA
By Kaishi Lee
The three 17-year-olds who made up the American debate team
– two of whom live in
And maybe that’s just as well.
Team member Jana Checa Chong said she sometimes gave Mark Landsman, the New Yorker, a hard time.
“Once we had a debate practice round and Mark hadn't cleaned his room yet. I had to make his bed!” Checa Chong complained.
"I'm rather messy," admitted Landsman, who is the captain of the debate team at the Bronx High School of Science.
But Landsman asserted, "You couldn't have a Team USA without a New Yorker."
But the teens, who said they loved the Japanese and Chinese food, had fun.
“The three of us went shopping and went crazy in
She said the teammates got along just fine and worked well together.
Phyllis Hirth, coach of the U.S. squad, said, “We loved being here in Singapore. Everyone went overboard to ensure our needs were met and every comfort was available. No one mentioned feeling homesick while we were there.”“Coaching Team USA is a unique experience as we’re often not together and most of our work is done via email,” Hirth said, adding that this year “was particularly difficult as we had only three instead of five on the team” because two teens opted out after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Checa Chong, a Panamanian-Chinese, is from the
“I’m in every club at my school. In college, I want to study international politics. I have two dream jobs, to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice and also a high ranking official of the United Nations,” said Checa Chong.
“I love politics. Bill Clinton is my favorite, anyone
liberal,” said Steinberg, a Canadian who’s lived in the
Landsman plans to travel round the world twice and become a history professor.
Landsman said he that when he got back from the tournament,
he received "only a few pats on the back, a letter from my principal and an
extension on all the homework I missed."
The American team won the championship in 1994 when the
finals were held in
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