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Junior Competitive Debate Team, October 2019


By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

Once again, our debate team delivered phenomenal addresses at a junior debate tournament at St. Paul's on October 23, 2019. The team built debate cases for why e-cigarettes and vaping devices should or should not be banned in Canada. This current concern within our society was analyzed for both its harms and benefits from the perspectives of users, their families, sellers, producers, doctors, the environment, the government, the law, and historical decisions when legalizing or banning other potentially harmful substances. Together, the team worked to build assertions, explain their reasoning, locate evidence, and provide impact analysis for each of the arguments they created. With the inclusion of four competing teams and possible alternates, our debate team is growing in numbers.
Congratulations to all the novice debaters, including Rana E., Elizabeth A., Alexa O., Cecilia D.C., Ayla N., Raghed R., Shireen M., Chloe C., and alternates Noor T., Zara M., and Emma H.

In the open debate category, including students in grades 8 and 9, all our debaters were recognized with medals for both their individual and team performances.

Individual Results:
  • Anna D., 5th
  • Asmara A.I., 3rd
  • Jozi O., 2nd
  • Katia D.W., 1st
Team Results:
  • Anna D. & Janet V., 4th
  • Isra E. & Katia D.W., 2nd
  • Asmara A.I. & Jozi O., 1st
Congratulations to all members of the Junior Competitive debate team!
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