This past weekend, the national semi-finals for the Confederation Cup Debate Tournament took place in Toronto. This tournament involved all the top qualifying teams from Ontario and Quebec. Through 5 rounds of debate, Assumption's Evan Tanovich and Taylor Christou ended up in 3rd place overall which earns them a berth in the national final. They are among 4 teams in the Ontario/Quebec region and will be facing the 4 qualifiers from the Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax regions for the national championships in Ottawa. Individually, their speaker scores were 5th and 6th place in the tournament. No other team had both members in the top 6.
The team, which also included Mirna Eshaya and Deep Sandhu, racked up wins against powerhouse pairings from Upper Canada College, WOSS and U of T Private School, among others.
This amazing accomplishment is a testament to the great education they've received across a range many courses. Topics included Canadian content in art/literature curriculum, subsidies for the energy sector and recall elections. A special thanks goes to Kim Pearce for her help in research and constructing arguments for two topics which examined the government's ongoing role in providing reparations for our Aboriginal population.
Mirna literally spent the afternoon in Kathleen Wynne's desk at Queen's Park. I promise we didn't leave behind any notes!!