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Game-Over What a roller coaster. What an upside down, topsy turvy tale.

What fun.

The bad news first. We’re out of the Jessup. Knocked out in the first elimination round, 5 – 4 by the University of Auckland.

We beat them in the advocacy, but they swept the memorial points and took a judge; and that’s enough to take victory. It was a close fought round, and not much could have stood between us and victory.

The good news. We swept it 4-0 in the preliminary round. Which is an achievement. What’s more, in the prelims we beat two  teams that made it to the knock out round, showing their high quality. One of those was last years’ reigning Champs, the University of Sydney. The other was the National University of Kiev.

We also discovered a new University, that none of us had heard of before. The University of Peace. UPeace is a United Nations mandated Charter Body established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly.

The bad news, again. They turned out to be very tight rounds, and we got our incredible 4 – 0 by the slightest margin. We won 3 of the prelims by a vote of 5 – 4. We suspect that if we’d lost any of the rounds, we wouldn’t have made the knock out rounds.

The good news. This has been an incredible adventure. Being in Washington, and being in a competition for the first time, this competition of all competitions, has been an incredible buzz.

I’m intoxicated and I’d love to be able to do it again. I understand how Tim is so addicted. How every past Jessuper is addicted. How the judges are addicted. How could you not be?



    • A Friend
    • Posted April 11, 2008 at 9:25 am
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    Its great that you really enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. Make the most of the time left there and we’ll see you when you get back.

    • Jaws
    • Posted April 13, 2008 at 10:32 am
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    This is the first blog by a participant @ Jessup 08 Washington international finals. Wish there’d be many more. Why? Well I watched a team that advanced a couple of rungs after the knock out round & was privy to the angst & the ecstasy!

    • mtalib
    • Posted April 13, 2008 at 12:34 pm
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    It’d be a great boon if there were many voices blogging the Jessup.

    Realistically though, I was only able to return to my blog after we were knocked out. While you’re in the competition, the days fly by, and each moment in court is the culmination of hours of work and preparation.

    The emotional roller coaster leaves you drained, and jet lag leaves you sleep deprived. Being grilled by a judge is heart stopping, and the frenzy of tailoring a Respondent’s case or crafting a rebuttal is a mix of fear and desire.

    To come back after that and convey the highs and the lows to a reader, would take the most ardent blogger.

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