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Great results for UCC debaters

Julian and EmersonUpper Canada College debaters fared well in two different tournaments on the weekend of Feb. 22.

UCC debaters competed in a high school debating tournament at York University where they vigorously debated resolutions, including one about York that recently made national news: this house believes that university courses should not accommodate the religious beliefs of their students. Grade 11 student Logan Ye was ranked third best and Grade 12 student Chris Taylor was ranked fourth best speaker out of approximately 130 participants in the senior division. They defeated Grade 12 students Elliot Kaufman and Josh Caminiti in the tournament final.

Grade 8 student Matthew Wang was named the top junior speaker in the tournament.

William Labasi-Sammartino, Justin Lu, Nitish Dhingra, Imran Jessa and Brent Leung also took part under the guidance of coach Steven Penner.

Grade 8 students Emerson Braithwaite and Julian Samek teamed up and finished 10th in the Ontario Junior Provincial Debating Championships in Oakville. Grade 9 students Kimathi Muiriri and Malcolm Risk formed a team for the same tournament, and Muiriri placed fourth and Risk placed 10th out of approximately 100 speakers with their individual scores. Teacher Gregory MacDonald assisted the boys at the tournament.

Muiri and RiskjrMuiruri, Braithwaite, Dhingra and Jack Oneschuk also competed in the Fulford Debate Tournament at St. Clement’s School on Feb. 1 under the supervision of teacher Kathryn Brookes. This competition featured students from 20 Ontario independent high schools who spent the day debating interesting topics, including the resolution: “Should Canada abolish tuition fees for all post-secondary institutions?”

Students were paired with different partners from other schools for each round and they all performed well. Muiruri and Oneschuk’s combined individual scores tied them for second place as a team, while Muiruri also finished second out of approximately 40 participants based on his individual speaker scores in the senior category.

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