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    Arent Fox, DC Public Schools, and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Host 10th Annual GeoPlunge Tournament at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

    December 23, 2014

    Washington, DC — On December 11, 2014, Alice Deal Middle School won the Advanced Tournament, and Bruce Monroe Elementary School won the Intermediate Tournament, at the 10th Annual GeoPlunge Tournament held at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

    Nearly 100 teams from District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) participated in the popular event that is based on the award-winning geography game, GeoPlunge, which was created by Arent Fox LLP partner Alan G. Fishel. Over the last decade, this tournament has drawn rave reviews from students, teachers, principals, and sponsors. The 2014 winter GeoPlunge tournament was organized by Arent Fox, the DCPS, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

    During this year’s tournament, Iris Toyer, who was previously employed by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, and Avis Baltimore, a retired teacher at Randle Highlands Elementary School, were recognized for their efforts that helped make the GeoPlunge tournament the tremendous success it is today.

    Three-person elementary and middle school teams competed for the prized GeoPlunge Cups, which are passed along to the winning schools each year, as well as for other medals and awards. More than a dozen  local law firms and other businesses, including Reed Smith LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP, sponsored participating schools. In addition, employees of DC law firms and other corporate partners coached GeoPlunge teams and served as monitors and scorekeepers during the event.

    Volunteers from Arent Fox included Mr. Fishel, associates Adam D. Bowser, Keisha A. Garrick, Daniel B. Jasnow, and Amy E. Salomon, law clerk Andrew F. Solinger, technology solutions director Saishree Shetty, paralegals Johanna Mansilla and Tiane Jones, legal secretary Shaunice Thomas, and client services coordinator Lanitra Bryant.