The debate team from The Pegasus School in Huntington Beach. (Mary Aimone / April 26, 2014)

Twelve Pegasus School students tested their debate skills against the nation's best during the Middle School Public Debate Program National Tournament at Claremont McKenna College on Saturday.

The students from the independent Huntington Beach school competed against about 270 students. Three Pegasus students finished in the top 10 as individual speakers. Amanda Miskell earned the Golden Gavel as best individual speaker, narrowly edging out teammate Henry Lavacude-Cola for the highly coveted award.

Patrick Aimone also earned the award as the ninth best speaker at the event.