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UCC debaters are dominant at McGill

mcgillUpper Canada College IB2 students John Lutz and Elliot Kaufman placed second out of 132 teams at the McGill High School Debating Championships in Montreal from Oct. 25 to 27.

While Lutz and Kaufman lost on a divisive 4-3 judging decision in the final, UCC’s Chris Taylor and Logan Ye finished in fifth place and made the semi-finals. Josh Caminiti and Alnur Kassim-Lakha finished 18th, while Kimathi Muiruri and Malcolm Risk finished as the tournament’s top junior team and placed 34th overall. Seven UCC teams finished in the top 40.

UCC dominated individual awards, as Lutz won the second speaker award, Taylor placed third and Kaufman finished fourth out of 264 participants. Kinton Cheung placed 19th, Caminiti and Kassim-Lakha tied for 20th, and Andrew Irwin placed 25th. Muiruri was the third-ranked junior speaker, while Risk was right behind him in fourth place.

Imran Jessa, Michael Pusic, Savinay Chopra, Will Labasi-Sammartino, Tristan Hopper, and Brent Leung also put in fine efforts for the Steven Penner-coached team.