High school debate event was impressive

Recent annual high school debate entertaining and on topic.

I would like to comment on the 27th Annual Pumpkin Classic High School Debate Tournament. It was held on Saturday, November 1 at JL Crowe Secondary School. Marilyn Lunde and her staff deserve a big thanks for all their hard work in organizing this event.

While this was my first time being a judge, I met many others who have been a judge for this event for years.

The topic for the debate was the need to cull urban wildlife. I eagerly anticipated this topic as it has been a recent subject in all newspapers. I have heard many opinions through discussions at our Trail Wildlife Association meetings and the BCWF meetings.

Some cities involved culling deer is Grand Forks, Invermere and Cranbrook.

“Is it right, or is it wrong?” I was eager to hear the students sides on this issue.

Each team of two students give the affirmative and negative case. The debate is on. The discussions were very lively. They all did a fantastic job. The participating schools were from Revelstoke, Trail, Rossland, Nelson and Castlegar. This debate will make students better thinking speakers and presenters.

Again, congratulations to all participants. What a challenge!! I thoroughly enjoyed this event and I’ll be back next year.

Terry Hanik,


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