By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02

On March 10, 2019, Balmoral Hall School hosted Junior Provincial Debating Championship for Manitoba students in grades 8 and 9. Six very bold debaters representing Balmoral Hall were Kendall Barnes, Megan Burns, Katia Djomo Wongep, Lucy MacDougall, Safiya Ratana, and Lily Rich. These very knowledgeable individuals committed to practices in preparation for this challenging event, as well as maintaining a specialized knowledge in current events at a local, national, and international level.

This year, the topics explored in three rounds of impromptu debate included:
  • implementing a universal income
  • regretting the creation of awards shows
  • creating mandatory composting programs
  • eliminating loot bags at children's birthday parties
  • requiring all airline passengers to undergo full-body scans using X-ray technology, and
  • requiring university students to take a mandatory course in gender and culture diversity studies.
Congratulations to all the girls on their fine performances. Kendall and Lily qualified to compete at Junior National Championships in Montreal from May 23–26. We are very proud of you! 

A tournament of this magnitude, with over 68 competitors, 60 judges, 24 speakers and timers, and six tournament organizers is successful only with the support of many people. We know how precious Sundays are and thank you for spending this one with us.


Balmoral Hall School

Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are a day and boarding school, offering an exceptional educational experience to girls aged 2 through Grade 12.