This past Saturday, April 6, members of the Debate Society participated in two tournaments—one organized by the Fulford League (at Ridley College in St. Catharines) and the other by the Pro-Con Debating League (at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School in Toronto).
In the Spring Fulford, our senior team of Elise Cressatti and Ashley Costa completed the final tournament of the Fulford League with a great performance, securing enough wins for Del’s senior team to place second overall at the end of the season, a most impressive accomplishment. (Ashley Costa, it should also be noted, scored third overall in the individual category of the Spring Fulford.)
Our junior debaters, not wanting Del’s laurels to come from the senior team alone, decided they wouldn’t be outdone. Indeed, Catherine Tsasis and Maja Vlahovic provided a tour de force by winning first place in the junior division at the Spring Fulford—with Catherine placing first overall and Maja second overall in the individual category. This has never been done by our Junior team.
On the Pro-Con front, the results were no less exciting. Here, twelve students of the Debate Society—distributed across the novice, junior, and senior divisions—participated in the annual Pierre Trudeau Tournament. The resolution debated? “Be it resolved that promoting cultural diversity better enables the advancement of the common good.” No doubt a weighty and serious topic, but our debaters were up to the challenge. In the novice division, Sarah Costa, Matthew Heal-Kowal, Brielle Robillard, and Tony Yu captured second place in the team category. And in the senior division, Christian D’Ambrosi, Celia Bildfell, Lis Riveros, and Isabella Spensieri matched their younger teammates, securing second overall as a team. (In the individual category, special mention goes to Christian D’Ambrosi for finishing second, Brielle Robillard for finishing second, and Matthew Heal-Kowal for finishing third.)
All of the above may appear to be a fitting end to the season. Fortunately, though, the season is far from over. Because of our strong showing in the regular season of the Pro-Con League, Del has qualified for the Pro-Con Finals in all three divisions (novice, junior, and senior); this alone is an impressive achievement and a great testament to the work ethic and quality of our debaters. We are therefore excited to announce that twelve debaters will represent Del at the Pro-Con Finals at the end of the month. Congratulations to our debaters for their hard work and success, and we look forward with excitement to the Pro-Con Finals!