After seven weeks of incredibly hard work on the part of Lindsay C., Carrington D., and Irina Z., the results are in following the lengthy and extremely challenging International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) held in Boston, Mass. from October 31 to November 3, 2019.
The trip included a significant amount of stressful competition, as well as many opportunities for learning and networking along the way.
We explored art and history at the Museum of Fine Arts, visited the MIT Museum housing the original robots that continue to inspire others in the field of robotics today, viewed an art installation called "The Polaroid Project" at MIT, stood at the site of the Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770), received a history lesson at the church used for the meeting just prior to the Boston Tea Party public burning of all the tea in port, toured Harvard University, and even took in a Boston Bruins game.
Congratulations to the Balmoral Hall team, placing 9th overall! Carrington received the Phil Hansen Award for the competitor who best embodied the spirit of the tournament. Lindsay was recognized as the 3rd-place individual speaker in the tournament and has been chosen to represent Canada at the World Individual Debate & Public Speaking Championships in Shanghai a few months from now.