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Balmoral Hall School competitors and coaches at Junior Provincial Debating Championships, March 8, 2020.

JUNIOR PROVINCIAL DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS A SUCCESS FOR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

By Carissa (Nikkel) Balcaen '02, Faculty

On March 8, 2020, Balmoral Hall School hosted Junior Provincial Debating Championships for Manitoba students in grades 8 and 9. The eight very bold debaters representing Balmoral Hall were Asmara, Katia, Kirsten, Jozi, Chloe, Alyamama, Lily, and Janet. 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.

Topics explored in three rounds of impromptu debate included:
  • preferring a world where societal roles are assigned to its citizens;
  • preferring a world where parents choose the gender of their child;
  • regretting the implementation of airport-style security measures at Winnipeg's Millennium Library;
  • requiring major companies to implement recycling and product return/repurpose programs for all their products;
  • police immediately enforcing court orders in the event of future blockades by Indigenous groups over pipelines; and
  • implementing a travel ban during epidemics, like the current Covid-19 epidemic.
 
Congratulations to all on their performances. We are very proud of you! Katia and Lily have qualified to compete at Junior National Debating Championships, tentatively scheduled to be hosted in Halifax in late May.

A tournament of this magnitude, with 76 competitors, is successful only with the support of a school community like ours. Thank you to all volunteers!
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