Upper Canada College represented almost 10 per cent of the 103 teams from across Canada and the United States that took part in the McGill High School Debating Tournament this past weekend.
After six rounds of high-level British Parliamentary debate, UCC had three teams qualify for the quarter-final round: Kimathi Muiruri and Malcolm Risk (IB1); Logan Ye and Nitish Dhingra (1B2); and Matthew Wang and Julian Samek (Foundation Year).
All three advanced to the semi-final round, which was a first for the College. They faced each other and a team from Halifax Grammar School in debating the resolution: “This house would apply a lower income tax to women.”
Ye and Dhingra made it through to the final round and debated the resolution: “This house regrets the characterization of soldiers as heroes.” After a hard-fought battle, the UCC boys placed third overall.
Muiruri and Wang individually ranked ninth and 10th respectively out of the 206 speakers in the tournament.
“I am incredibly proud of all our boys who participated this weekend,” says coach and chemistry teacher Courtney Turner. “In addition to their impressive results, they represented UCC by competing as gentlemen and were respectful and courteous to their opponents.”