Last weekend, Arjun Walia and Tomas Chacin competed at the prestigious Fulford Debate held at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. In spite of being in Grade 8 and competing against much older students, the boys debated at a high level.
The CDS team finished 5th out of 36 teams in the tournament, and Tomas received a coveted Citation for his third place overall finish. This exemplifies the strength of our younger public speaking and debating students.
Our Debating and Public Speaking Club meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00. With around 20 students from all grade levels participating in this activity each week, our younger students are developing some great skills. New participants are always welcome!
Two of our older students will also see competitive action this week. Maeve Tebbutt and Anna Croxon will be heading to Winnipeg to attend the National Public Speaking Competition at St. John’s Ravenscourt School. The girls will compete in four different debating and public speaking events in an attempt to qualify for this year’s World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Competition to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in April. A top 8 finish at Nationals will assure them a spot on Team Canada. Anaïs Leiva von Bovet already qualified to compete at Worlds at the Internationals in October.