JL Crowe hosts annual debate

J.L. Crowe Secondary School hosted the fifth annual New Year’s Debate Tourney on Jan. 12.

J.L. Crowe Secondary School hosted the fifth annual New Year’s Debate Tourney on Jan. 12 with the participants of each of the categories listed below.

Teams arrived from Kamloops, Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson and Trail to debate in this year’s tournament that consisted of two rounds of prepared debate in the morning and two rounds of impromptu style in the afternoon.

The seniors and juniors debated the Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF) and the novice division used the cross-examination style throughout.

The topics were:  “Be it resolved that public transportation should be free.” for the prepared rounds and “Be it resolved that people should have the right to make dangerous decisions.” for the impromptu rounds. In the impromptu style students are given the topic one half hour before presenting both the affirmative and negative cases.

JL Crowe results for each of the categories are as follows.  In the junior competition, Kyla Mears and Matthew McConnachie placed fourth as a team. Individually, McConnachie was sixth and Mears was seventh.

In the senior category, Emily Dawson and Jesse Bartsoff were second and only missed first place by point nine of a placement.  Individually, Bartsoff was second and Dawson was third.

Congratulations were extended to all participants and a very big thank you was given to the helpers, chairpersons/timers and the members of the community who contributed to the day’s events.

The students now look forward to the last local regional tournament to be held in Nelson on Feb. 2.

J.L. Crowe along with St. Michael’s will be hosting the esteemed Law Foundation Cup 2013 on March 1 and 2, which is emblematic of the best of high school debating in the province.

Debaters look forward to participation from the community and the school as the Trail area and the West Kootenay regional team welcomes debaters from around the province.