Upper Canada College debaters Kimathi Muiruri and Malcolm Risk finished second at the Ontario Student Debating Union Provincial Championships in Ottawa on the weekend to qualify for the Canadian National Debate Championships in Vancouver in April.
The duo was in third place after six rounds and qualified for the semi-final, where it debated whether or not corporations should have the ability to reciprocate cyber attacks. Muiruri and Risk were victorious after a tough debate.
In the final, Risk and Muiruri debated the contentious issue of whether or not marketing date rape protection products to women was beneficial for women, feminism and society. The round was complex and, while all of the debaters performed well, the UCC Grade 12 students lost a very close decision.
Brent Leung and Matthew Wang also represented UCC at the tournament and put in strong showings as well, as the 72 debaters from across Ontario tackled such issues as holding a national referendum on electoral reform, fake news and citizen journalism, and the viability of sanctuary cities.
Kimathi ranked second, Leung sixth, Risk 12th and Wang 13th in the tournament on an individual basis.
The boys were accompanied to Ottawa by teacher Courtney Turner. who usually coaches them along with faculty member Lulu Wang, and teacher Byung Chun, who filled in for the weekend.