Debaters Continue to Shine

By Ms. Tracey Lee, Debate Coach
Last weekend, the UBC Debate Society held its annual Spring High School Tournament, which had over 200 debaters from the Lower Mainland converge on UBC’s campus for two intense days of debate. WPGA’s novice, junior and senior teams dominated the rankings after six rounds of preliminary debates. Congratulations to the following debaters: Annushka Agarwal and Adam Dawood, who won the novice division; Mallory Moxham and Edison Tan, who placed 2nd in the junior team division; Elena Wang and Alison Lee, who placed 3rd in juniors; and Vivian Zhang and Tiffany Chang, who had an outstanding senior finals. Tiffany finished 5th overall and Vivian won Senior Champion (top overall speaker).
Vivian Zhang continued her winning ways at the Barry Sullivan Public Speaking Competition. An annual event, the competition welcomes speakers to the Law Courts, where they deliver a 5-minute speech on a topical legal issue. This year's topic examined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendation for alternative justice models for First Nations Peoples. Vivian advanced through the preliminary and finals rounds in front of BC Supreme Court Justices before finally being named the winner of this year's event. Not only does she take home the trophy and receive a cash prize but her speech will also be published in the Law Society Journal. Congratulations to this articulate and skilled speaker!  
On a final note, our senior teams depart for St. John's, Newfoundland for this weekend's Senior High National Debating Championships. Fresh from their successful provincial tournament results, Vivian Zhang, Emily Hardy, Emma Blake and Tiffany Chang will represent BC at this event. Stay tuned for the results!