Upper Canada College hosted the Ontario Provincial Debate Championships and its debaters captured first and second places on Feb. 27 and 28.
Thirty teams from across the province took part in the tournament, which included five preliminary rounds, a semi-final and final. UCC’s two teams made it all the way to the end and squared off against each other to decide the provincial title.
Kimathi Muiruri and Malcolm Risk faced off against Nitish Dhingra and Logan Ye to debate the merits of a progression toward a society without police. Both teams presented their arguments well, but it was Muiruri and Risk who came out on top.
Ye placed first among the 60 individual speakers in the tournament and all 10 of the UCC students finished in the top 10.
Both teams have qualified for the Canadian National Debating Tournament in Saskatoon on April 9 and 10. Courtney Turner, who coached the boys along with Lulu Wang, rates their chances of winning as fair.
“It will be a tough tournament,” she says.