Max Debbas '16

“Wrestling forges men out of its fires.”
California Institute of Technology

Math and Physics Researcher, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Intern, Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Track and Field (Discus), Polyglot (Lebanese, Arabic, French, German, Dutch)

Most Meaningful Activity
Varsity Wrestling.
My involvement with wrestling has taught me a lot that I would never have learned in a classroom. It represents the quality of toughness to me, and it would be impossible to imagine a winter season without the sport. Wrestling forges tough men out of its fires.

Reflections on Learning
There are too many influential learning experiences to describe a most important one, but the most recent would be last week when I built a chair that senses angle and beeps when you tilt too far back.

Looking Back
Mr. Runzo, one of my middle school math teachers, went out of his way to talk to me about math after school. He was also my wrestling coach, so the relationship I formed with him in the classroom and on the wrestling mat has been unique and invaluable.

Looking Ahead
I’m looking forward to the unrivaled research opportunities at Cal Tech. My exposure to intensive math and physics courses at Norfolk Academy has prepared me well.

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… my appreciation of honor. I look forward to attending a collegiate institution with a similar emphasis on the idea.