2005-2006 (in reverse chronological order)
York University Tournament
The final tournament of the year was held at York University
in Toronto on the weekend of May 5-6. There were 24 teams
in total, and this year there was a separate junior final.
The tournament was won by Peter Phua and Megan Schieck of
Richmond Hill who defeated Northern S.S. in the finals.
The junior LCC team of Sammy Rappaport and Howard Cohen
(in grade 7 and 8) finished 9th on the tab and prevailed
over the grade 9 team from Richmond Hill in the junior final. Click here for individual and team results.
Junior National Debating Championships
The Junior National Debating Championships took place in
late April at Branksome Hall in Toronto. The four teams
from Quebec were: Misha Solomon ( LCC ) and Ariel Shapiro
( Royal West ), Lisen Bassett and Rivelle Zlatopolsky (
ECS ), Ryan Brun and Trevor Hooton ( Selwyn ) as well as
Lisa Schell-Schnitzer and Lauren Phizicky ( Trafalgar ).
The top two Quebec speakers were Misha ( 8th ) and Lisa
( 17th ). The top team was Misha and Ariel who finished
in 8th. Lauren and Lisa were the top discussion style team
in 10th, Misha and Ariel finished 6th in worlds style and
4th in cross-ex, while Trevor and Ryan finished 7th in cross-ex.
Many thanks to Liana Palko for coaching and chaperoning
the students! Click here for results.
Weston High School hosted this year's Junior Provincial
Championships on April 7th. Selwyn House's Ryan Brun and
Trevor Hooton defeated the ECS team of Rivelle Zlatopolsky
and Kelly Steinmetz in the final debate to take home the
Provincial trophy. This event is the qualifier for the Junior
National event hosted this year at Branksome Hall in Toronto.
The following 8 debaters will represent Quebec at Junior
Nationals: Misha Solomon (LCC), Ryan Brun (Selwyn), Trevor
Hooton (Selwyn) Rivelle Zlatoplosky (ECS), Ariel Shapiro
(Royal West), Lauren Phizicky (Trafalgar), Lisa Shell-Schnitzer
(Trafalgar) and Lisen Bassett (ECS). Click here for individual and team results.
Dawson April Fool's Tournament
On Saturday, April 1st, Dawson held an high school invitational
tournament. The LCC team of Madeleine Ballard & Caroline
Wagner defeated the Royal West team of David Rudin and Lauren
Liu in a hilarious final round about creating "good"
art. The top 5 speakers at the tournament were: 1) David
Rudin (Royal West), 2) Caroline Wagner (LCC), 3) Madeleine
Ballard (LCC), 4) Misha Solomon (LCC) and 5) Kierstin Lundell-Smith
(Trafalgar). Click here for individual and team results.
On Tuesday, March 28th, Centennial High School hosted the
QSDA Provincial Qualifier for National Seminar. The LCC
team of Robert Morrissey and Caroline Wagner and the St.
George's team of Emilie Amar and Michael Stepner faced off
in the final round, with LCC emerging as the tournament
champion. David Rudin of Royal West was awarded the top
speaker prize. The final list of Quebec debaters who will
travel to Halifax for this year's seminar is yet to be determined. Click here for individual and team results.
University of Ottawa Tournament
On March 3 and 4, the University of Ottawa held its annual
high school tournament. There were 26 teams in attendance,
including 8 from Quebec. The team of Carmel Jacobson (Trafalgar)
and Michael Stepner (St. George's) made it to the semi-finals.
The Westwood team of Anne-Marie Rozon and Marianne Jette
finished in 8th place. The tournament was won by Ashbury
College. In individual standings, Michael was 2nd and Carmel
was 6th. Congratulations to everyone! Click here for individual and team results.
University of Toronto High School Tournament
On the weekend of Feb. 24-25, several Quebec teams attend
the 8th annual University of Toronto debating tournament.
This is one of the largest in Canada with almost 70 teams
competing. A total of 12 students from LCC, Trafalgar, St.
George's and Royal West attended, making it our largest
ever representation in Toronto. At the end of the preliminary
rounds, two Quebec teams advanced to quarter-finals. The
Trafalgar team of Carmel Jacobson and Kierstin Lundell-Smith
lost a close quarter-final match to finish 6th. The hyrbid
team of Madeleine Ballard from LCC and Christine Wadsworth
from Toronto also advanced, and ultimately finished as tournament
champions! In individual standings, Kierstin was 6th, Madeleine
was 8th, Michael Stepner from St. George's was 9th, Misha
Solomon from LCC was 18th (and named the top novice), and
David Rudin from Royal West was 20th. It was a very successful
event for all Quebec teams, and a great time was had by
CanWest Public Speaking
The 2006 CanWest Public Speaking Nationals went very well
this year. The 6 students who will go on to the World individuals
are Steven Kryger (Manitoba), Shakir Rahim (BC), Whitney
Skinner (Saskatchewan), Kiran Dhillon (Manitoba), Liam Edginton-Green
(Manitoba) and Jennifer Wang (Saskatchewan). The overall
winner was Steven Kryger who also won the debating and persuasive
speaking categories. Shakir Rahim placed second and won
the impromptu speaking category and Whitney Skinner placed
third. Adrienne Matei (BC) won the Interpretive Reading
Queen's High School Tournament
Click here for individual and team results.
The Senior National Debating Championships were hosted here
in Montreal from February 3 to 5. We had 48 of the top teams
from across Canada in attendance. This year’s National
Champions are Madeleine Ballard and Corey Wolman from Lower
Canada College. Madeleine and Corey won eight of their nine
rounds en route to capturing LCC’s second national
title in the last three years. Three other Quebec teams
won at least 4 of the 6 preliminary rounds. The team of
Caroline Wagner and Robert Morrisey from LCC finished in
10th just outside of the quarter-finals, the ECS team of
Margot Raicek and Rachel Coopersmith finished in 16th, and
the LCC team of Edward Lai and Nick Shulman finished 17th.
In individual standings, Madeleine was 6th, Corey was 9th,
and Caroline was 15th. Please click
here for more information and full results.
LCC Wins National Championship!
Herzliah St. Laurent Junior Invitational
Congratulations to Selwyn House A (David McLeod & Nick
Agostino) for taking the top team award at the Herzliah
Junior Invitational on January 17th. It was a great day
of debate for Selwyn House; David McLeod was also awarded
top speaker, and the Selwyn B team (Ryan Brun & Trevor
Hooton) placed 2nd overall. Click here for the complete
The University of Western Ontario's debating tournament
was held on Jan. 13 - 14 in London, Ontario. The hybrid
team of Edward Lai ( LCC ) and Christine Wadsworth ( Marshall
McLuhan ) took first place with an undefeated record. The
team of Brandon Farnsworth and Nick Shulman from LCC finished
after making it to the semi-finals, and were also named
top novice team. Nick Shulman also finished 3rd individually. Click here for individual and team results.
|Loyola Public Speaking Results
The QSDA qualifier for the CanWest National Public Speaking
Championships was held on Tues. Nov. 29 at Loyola H.S. The
top two speakers (who will represent Quebce in Winnipeg) are
Kim Ton-That from ECS, and Charles Hall from Loyola. Julia
Deutsch from The Study finished in third place.
Debaters from Royal West and Trafalgar
St. George's hosted this year's senior provincial
tournament on the 23rd of November. This event is the qualifier
for the Senior National Championships to be held here in
Montreal this coming February. Royal West Academy's David
Rudin and Edward Bechard-Torres won the tournament, with
David taking the top speaker prize as well. Congratulations
to all the other teams that qualified for Nationals: Robert
Morrisey & Caroline Wagner (LCC), Lauren Shadley &
Kierstin Lundell-Smith (Trafalgar), Madeleine Ballard &
Corey Wolman (LCC), Annike Flomen & Talia Ralph (Royal
West), Michael Stepner and Alex Chalk (St. George's), Margot
Raciek & Rachel Coopersmith (ECS), Edward Lai &
Nick Shulman (LCC), and Sheina Lew Levy and Phillilpe Berger
(Herziliah Snowdon). Results: Team
Bialik Junior Invitational
Congratulations to Alex Chalk and Arik Parnass of St. George's
for winning the Bialik Invitational on November 15th! Lisa
Shell-Schnitzer (Trafalgar School for Girls) took the top
speaker award. Results: Team
Many thanks again to Judy Stein and Bialik for hosting
such an efficient tournament!
Carleton University Xerxes Cup
Approximately 40 teams from across Ontario and from Montreal
competed at the annual Carleton "Xerxes Cup" in
Ottawa. Congratulations go out to tournament champions from
Royal West - Talia Ralph and Annike Flomen. They won 6 of
7 rounds en route to the championship title. The LCC team
of Caroline Wagner and Robert Morrisey just missed the semis
and finished in 5th place. David Rudin from Royal West was
the second overall speaker. Congratulations to all! Results:
North American Championships
The inaugural North American Championships were held on
October 30-31 at Trafalgar School for Girls. The
QSDA welcomed 56 of the best high school debaters from Canada
and the U.S. to compete in 4 rounds of British Parliamentary
debate. The championship cup was taken by Joshua Sealy and
Wyll McClary of William Aberhart High School (Alberta).
Congratulations to Madeleine Ballard and Corey Wolman (from
LCC) for making it to the final round!
Top Speaker at North Americans 2005
Debaters from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec & Nova Scotia
School Debating Tournament (October 2005)
Over 100 teams competed at the annual McGill high school
tournament. It was a superbly run event, and thanks go out
to tournament chair Daniel King. In an exciting final, the
winning team was Northern S.S. consisting of John Ashbourne
and Susan Liu.
High School Invitational (October 2005)
Congratulations to Nick Shulman and Edward Lai of Lower
Canada College for winning the Aristotle Cup! Shulman and
Lai met up with Trafalgar's Kierstin Lundell-Smith and Lauren
Shadley in the dream debate and won on a 3-2 decision. Michael
Stepner of St. George's took home top speaker of the tournamenent.
Congrats to all!
Stanstead Junior Invitational (October 2005)
Congratulations to Connie Perlinghis and Arielle
Coopersmith from ECS for taking top team at the first junior
tournament of the school year! The QSDA would like to thank
James Rioux of Stanstead College for hosting such a great
event. Results: Team
Senior National Debating Championship Announcement
The Board of Governors of the National Debating Championships
has voted to accept the following topic for the prepared
This House believes that outsourcing is beneficial to Canadian
This topic will be debated for the two prepared rounds
to be held on the morning of Friday, February 3, 2006.
National Seminar Announcement
The prepared resolutions for the 2006 National Seminar
Cross-Ex: Is torture justified in the interests of national
Contre X : L'utilisation de la torture est-elle justifiée
pour assurer la sécurité nationale ?
Parliamentary: BIRT Canada discontinue the use of national
Parlementaire : Q.S.R.Q. le Canada cesse le recours certificat
Please keep in mind that our National Seminar Regulations
(12-g) state that "No Member shall, during the period
between the announcement of the Seminar Resolutions and
the Seminar itself, sanction a tournament that uses a Seminar
prepared resolution, or a closely related resolution."
On the weekend of Oct. 1 - 2, the Pan-American Championships
were held in Winnipeg. Canada was represented by three teams,
consisting of students who are on the National team for
next year's World Championships along with some alternates.
There were teams from Canada, the U.S.A. and Argentina.
"Canada 2" was captained by Madeleine Ballard
of LCC, a member of the National team. Her team went undefeated
in the preliminary rounds to break number one. They defeated
Canada 3 in the finals to win the Pan-American Championships!
North American Qualifier Sept. 2005
Congratulations to the debaters from Royal West (David
Rudin & Edward Bechard-Torres), Trafalgar (Lauren Shadley
& Kierstin Lundell-Smith) and Lower Canada College (Madeleine
Ballard & Corey Wolman) for qualifying for the North
American Debating Championships! Royal West was the first
place team at the qualifying tournament held on Sept. 22nd
at LCC. Click the following links for complete results:
Team & Individual
Debaters from LCC, Trafalgar & Royal West
Junior National Championships 2005
Congratulations to Lauren Shadley and Kierstin Lundell-Smith
(of Trafalgar School for Girls) for winning the Junior National
Championship! The tournament was hosted by the Sacred Heart
School of Halifax this year. Quebec debaters placed very
well overall; two of Quebec's teams made it to semi-finals
and three of Quebec's debaters ranked in the top ten as
individual speakers. David Rudin (of Royal West Academy)
was awarded top speaker in Quebec. Click here for results.
Team Quebec at Peggy's Cove