Senior National Debate Championships
By Ms. T. Lee, Debate Coach
Seniors Jonny Carson & Iqbal Kassam led our three team contingent to this year’s Senior Nationals at Glenlyon Norfolk School this past weekend in Victoria. Ashley Bowron & Peter Johannesen and Peter McCauley & Sophie Bird also joined the boys and managed to compete admirably in a field that included 8 of the 9 members from this year’s World Championship team.
After six preliminary rounds, we were excited to learn that Jonny & Iqbal had topped the tabs and headed into the break rounds as the number 1 team. Taking on former national teammates, the boys went on to defeat the top teams from St. Johns-Ravenscourt (Winnipeg), Branksome Hall (Toronto) and finally Webber Academy (Calgary) in the grand finals. For the second year in a row (and a record three years consecutively from one school), Jonny & Iqbal are the Canadian National Champions! It is a fitting conclusion for a phenomenal high school debating career – please congratulate the team when you see them. Kudos also to Peter M. & Sophie B. who placed 10th overall and Ashley B. & Peter J. who finished 19th overall (60 teams in total).