Upper Canada College Grade 12 student debaters Kimathi Muiruri and Malcolm Risk culminated their longtime partnership this past weekend with a second place finish at the Canadian National Debate Championships in Vancouver.
The duo competed with the best debaters from across the country for six grueling opening rounds, dealing with such interesting and varied topics as the American missile attack on Syria and the right of soldiers to refuse orders on the basis of conscience. The boys advanced to the next round with a 5-1 record and then breezed through their quarter-final and semi-final debates.
The final round was against a longstanding friendly rival from Nova Scotia’s Halifax Grammar School. They debated the motion: “This house as Canada would remove the queen as the head of state.”
Muiruri and Risk lost a very close 3-2 decision from the judging panel to finish second.
Individually, based on their speaker scores, Muiruri was named the top speaker for the tournament, which theoretically makes him Canada’s best high school debater. Risk ranked a very respectable eighth.
“We are so proud of all they have achieved together and have really enjoyed cheering on these incredible young men for the past several years,” says Courtney Turner, who coaches UCC’s debating team with Lulu Wang.
“We also wish Kimathi good luck as he goes on to captain the Canadian national debate team in the upcoming 2017 World Schools Debate Championships to be held in Bali this coming August.”