A majority of this year’s club pose following the debates in Castlegar while the four senior students showing off their haul (Mark Yo, Chris Mountain, Justin Ma and Eliza Dawson). Submitted photos

A majority of this year’s club pose following the debates in Castlegar while the four senior students showing off their haul (Mark Yo, Chris Mountain, Justin Ma and Eliza Dawson). Submitted photos

Crowe Debate Team competes in Castlegar

The Winter Classic Debate Tourney was at Stanley Humphries Secondary School

  • Dec. 15, 2017 1:30 a.m.

Last weekend the JL Crowe Debate Team traveled to Castlegar to take part in the Stanley Humphries Secondary School Winter Classic Debate Tourney.

The tournament was in the prepared style whereby students were given the topic one month before the actual competition.

The novice topic, “BIRT celebrities should face the same legal consequences as everyone else” provided students with a number of examples to support their arguments.

Local results for the novice category which was debated in the cross-examination style are as follows. Kaylyn Baril and Rannde Wyatt were first as a team followed by Trinity Gademans and Sara Arychuk in second, and third place went to Sabrina Parson-Magrath and Hayden Merlo.

Individually, Kaylyn Baril was first, Rannde Wyatt was second and Trinity Gademans was third. Hayden Merlo was fourth, Sara Arychuk tied with Sabrina Parson-Magrath for fifth, Tim Johnson was sixth, Raquel Collins, seventh, Sasha Leithead eighth, Marik Swanson, ninth, Alexa Kolody tenth. All students are from JL Crowe Secondary.

The Junior and Senior debates were in the Canadian National Debate Format and were prepared as well. The topic was: “This house believes that Canadians who use off shore accounts to evade taxes should face criminal charges.” With current information leaked in the Paradise Papers, there was no shortage of material.

The junior team results placed Chloe Zacharias and Bethany Worsnop of JL Crowe in fourth place. Individually, Chloe placed fifth, and Bethany placed ninth.

In the senior division from JL Crowe, Chris Mountain and Mark Yo placed first, Eliza Dawson and Justin Ma were second, Individually, Chris Mountain was first, Justin Ma was second and Eliza Dawson was third, Mark Yo was fourth,

The next formal debate is scheduled for Jan. 13th in Nelson.