Provincial Debate Champions

By Ms. Tracey Lee, Debate Coach

WPGA's senior debate teams took provincials by storm last week! Coming off a terrific performance at Speech Nationals in Winnipeg the previous weekend, where she became the Canadian champion in impromptu speaking, Emma Blake and her partner Tiffany Chang delivered fine performances that won them a 3rd place overall finish. This qualified them for Nationals in Newfoundland.

However, it was our newest addition to the senior ranks, Vivian Zhang and Emily Hardy, who advanced to the grand finals after finishing the preliminary rounds with an undefeated record. In an intense finals, they succumbed to the team from Glenlyon-Norfolk, but their 2nd place finish advances them to Nationals in Newfoundland. Vivian Zhang topped the senior tabs to win Top Provincial Speaker. Not to be outdone, novice debaters Rafeeq Kassam-Jiwani and Annushka Agarwal also excelled, finishing 2nd overall in the team scores, and Rafeeq became WPGA's second provincial champion with the Top Novice Speaker award.

Outstanding results from an incredible squad!