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Strong showing at prestigious Oxford debating tournament

Many students take time for well-deserved relaxation over spring break. IB2 students Elliot Kaufman and John Lutz travelled to England for a week to participate in the prestigious Oxford Union Schools Schools Debating Competition, over the weekend of March 15. The boys placed a very strong 12th out of 96 teams representing their countries.

Kaufman and Lutz had qualified to represent Ontario and Canada in this international debating tournament, having shown previous great performances in Toronto and Vancouver.

Not surprisingly, the boys performed well as they debated against three other teams in each round. They enjoyed the exposure to students from other countries including Ireland, the Netherlands and of course, England. Two of their rounds took place in the world famous Oxford Union debating hall. The most interesting resolution they debated was: This House, as Ukraine, would align itself with Russia instead of the European Union.

These boys are not new to the European debating scene. John Lutz has debated in various European tournaments and Elliot Kaufman represented Canada at the Oxford Union’s international competition for young debaters two years ago, where he was awarded “top speaker” based on his individual rating of first place.

-Arts Booster Club

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