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Junior debaters are national champs

Meet your new junior national debating champs, Year 2 students Adam Rothman and David Niddam-Dent. They were members of two Upper Canada College junior debate teams that qualified for the Canadian Student Debate Federation’s Junior National Debating Championship, hosted by the Manitoba Debate Association in Winnipeg on May 8 to 10.

Rothman and Niddam-Dent won the tournament with the final resolution: This house believes that doctors should be able to override family wishes for a patient unable to give consent.

The Year 2 student debaters also included Julian Samek and Matthew Wang, who was ranked 12th overall speaker for the tournament. Their combined efforts contributed to Ontario winning the Linda Martin Shield, the prize awarded to the top province at the junior national tournament.

About 60 teams from across the country competed in the tournament. They debated six rounds. The first two were prepared, debating the resolution: This house supports a two-state solution for Ukraine.

Both teams embodied the core values of our club and debated with skill and grace beyond their years. What a great way to end the season.