The J.L. Crowe Debate Team participated in the LV Rogers Winter Debate and Public Speaking Tourney in Nelson on Jan. 19. Submitted photo

Crowe debate team shines in Nelson

Students only had 45 mins to prep their case-lines before their first round in impromptu tournament

Students from JL Crowe participated in the LV Rogers Winter Debate and Public Speaking Tourney in Nelson on Jan. 19.

This was an impromptu tournament requiring the students to prep their case-lines three quarters of an hour before their first round.

The topic for the novice category was, “Be it resolved that zoos should be banned.” The topic for the junior and senior categories was, “That this house would prohibit essential services from striking. (eg. Police, postal workers, medical services).”

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

JL Crowe results are as follows: Novice: First place as a team: Katie Mountain and Grace Holden, fifth, Mattea Palesch and Micayla Fuhrmann, and seventh, Ripley Shubert and Logan Fraser.

Individually, the results were: first Katie Mountain, fourth, Grace Holden, ninth Mattea Palesch, 10th Ripley Shubert, 11th Micayla Fuhrmann, and Logan Fraser in 15th.

In the junior division Sasha Leithead and Tim Johnson placed fourth as a team with Sasha placed sixth and Tim placed eighth overall.

In the senior division, the team placement was: Christopher Mountain and Mark Yo in fourth, and Bethany Worsnop and Brian Chan fifth. Senior individual placements included Christopher Mountain in sixth, Bethany in eighth, Mark Yo in ninth and Brian Chan in 10th.

In the public speaking competition JL Crowe was represented well with three first-place finishes and a third-place finish in the three categories.

Katie Mountain, a Grade 8 student from JL Crowe placed first in the novice division.

Sasha Leithead placed first and Tim Johnson placed third in the junior division.

Brian Chan topped off the day with a first-place finish in the senior category.

The topic choices were: I’m sorry, #fomo, there is no such thing as a lost cause, you can’t choose your family, social media does more harm than good and you are remembered for the rules you break.

This was the last local tourney before the selection of the West Kootenay team. This year the team travels to Victoria on Feb. 27 for the Law Foundation Cup Debate Provincials that will be held on March 1-2.

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