Debate regionals, the qualifier for the provincial tournament, were hosted at Glenlyon last Saturday. Brentwood’s Debate and Model UN program sent fourteen teams to compete, along with student and staff volunteer moderators, timekeepers, and judges.
This tournament serves as a segue from novice to more competitive styles for the beginners. It was a little more competitive than tournaments up to this point, since it is a qualifier, but the atmosphere remains amiable and inviting. It was a fun opportunity to compete with debaters of varying levels of experience, and be able to witness different styles. One of our experienced juniors, Lucinda G, Allard ‘22, says that she “loves debate tournaments because they are so friendly, but you can also learn so much”.
This tournament was divided into two parts: prepared topic and impromptu rounds. The debate coaches did a fantastic job getting the students ready for the given topic, which was “BIRT Canada would break up the telecommunications monopoly” by having time to do research for preparatory in-class debates.
Awards were offered for participants based on their scores in all these categories. Out of the fourteen teams, Brentwood is proud that a whopping six teams qualified for provincials.
From Mackenzie House, Olivia is “really looking forward to provincials, and so proud of all the Brentwood teams”. She was also eager to give a shoutout to Mr. Bryant for being so “engaged and helpful and making such a great community around debate”. It is thanks to him, the volunteers, and Mrs. Legassicke, in particular, that the tournament and preparation for it has gone so well. We owe them much gratitude.
These teams will proceed to compete at the provincial tournament, which will be held in Vancouver at St. George’s at the end of February. We congratulate all the participants, and wish those who moved on the best of luck!
Chloe C, Allard ‘21