Debaters travel to Ottawa for provincial tournament

Trinity College School debaters had the chance to meet and compete with peers from across the province at the Ontario Student Debating Union (OSDU) Senior Provincial Championships, held in Ottawa from February 22nd to 24th. Hosted by Lisgar Collegiate Institute at the Sheraton Ottawa, the event brought together student debaters representing public and independent schools from throughout Ontario.

The tournament involved six rounds of preliminary competition – including four impromptu and two prepared debates – to qualify for Sunday’s playoff rounds. The prepared debates gave students the chance to argue both sides of the resolution, that “smart home devices (such as Alexa/Google Home) should report domestic disturbances directly to the police with or without the owner's consent.”

Representing TCS, and the Greater Pine Ridge Region, were Ben Traugott, Andrew Youssef, Julia Jenkins and Kyle Munns. They were chaperoned by debate coach Greg MacPherson, who also served as a judge at the event. “While not coming home with any awards, the two teams performed well and it was a great learning experience,” says Mr. MacPherson.