Crowe hosts 29th annual Pumpkin Classic debate

The 29th annual Pumpkin Classic Debate Tourney held at JL Crowe was the first tournament of the new debate season.

Chloe Zacharias and Bethany Worsnop JL Crowe; second place Junior Team.

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The 29th annual Pumpkin Classic Debate Tourney held at JL Crowe was the first tournament of the new debate season.

The topic for this competition for the seniors was, “This house supports safe injection sites across Canada.”

Students debated in both the cross-examination format as well as the Canadian National Debate Format (CNDF).

Liam Walters and Ryan Buckley

In the senior category, former JL Crowe student, Justin Kulik (who is currently attending Kelowna Secondary) paired with Aggie Storie of JL Crowe to place second as a team, Liam Walters and Ryan Buckley of JL Crowe placed third, and Justin Ma and Marley Lemieux also of JL Crowe placed fourth.

Justin Kulik

Individually, Justin Kulik placed first, Liam Walters placed fourth, Ryan Buckley fifth, Justin Ma, sixth, Marley Lemieux seventh and Aggie Storie, 10th.

The junior and novice topic was, “Be it resolved that vaccinations be mandatory.”

In the junior division, Bethany Worsnop tied for second place with Kelowna student, Corvin Valski and Chloe Zacharias placed third. As a team Bethany and Chloe placed second.

Congratulations are extended to these debaters as this is a new category and age group for the participants.

Students may now look forward to the next tournament to be held at Stanley Humphries on Dec. 3.

The tourney is impromptu meaning that students will learn the topic and prepare their case one half hour before their debate.

The next qualifying tournament will be in Nelson on Jan. 14 with information and details to follow.

Students are invited to join the Debate Club as new members are always welcome.

A big thank you goes out to the community for their participation in judging students as they hone their debating toolkit. All this is in preparation for the Law Foundation Cup, emblematic of provincial high school debate, which will be taking place in Lower Mainland Central on the first weekend of March 2017.

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