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"Our school debate club boasts an active membership of approximately 35-40 students who meets on a weekly basis to discuss local and international current events. Students whose age ranges from 10 to 14 collaborate to discuss, discern and deconstruct timely and complex issues. Our Club's motto is: Debate Rocks!"

Greystone Heights Elementary School Debate Club, Saskatoon

 

"At the tournament we learned about dissecting our opponents' case and that we really need to keep up with current events for impromptu rounds."

Caleb H., 2011 Senior Nationals

Halifax, NS.

 

"The lessons that debating as taught us are certainly useful in both our academic and personal lives - the ability to formulate opinions based on fact and logical reasoning is something we are happy to have!"

Catherine G. & Rachel G., 2011 Senior Nationals

Halifax, NS

 

"I used to be so scared, and my legs would shake, but now I am a confident speaker and do not become as nervous. The speaking skills have helped me make strong presentations in front of classmates, parents and even judges for science fair competitions. Speaking abilities are not the only things that debate has helped me with; I have also learned how to make convincing arguments in essays and other forms of writing. It has also helped me be a critical thinking and analyze situations from different perspectives.

Sarah G., 2011 Provincial Debate Championships

Campbell Collegiate, Regina

Recipient of the Melville Comprehensive Award for Top Junior Speaker

 

"[Debate] opens the door to many opportunities I would never get in anything else. Through debate I have learned many valuable lessons that can help me when I am debating and these lessons are also applicable to real life."

Slade H., 2011 Provincials Debate Championships

Campbell Collegiate, Regina

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District #69 Award for Top Intermediate Speaker

 

"Being in debate has taught me [me] about team-work, public speaking, self-confidence, research, and so many other skills."

Dominic O., 2010 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellence

 

"One of the things we enjoy as debaters is the opportunity to learn about the world by either trying to justify it or criticize it."

Aaron F., 2009 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Elaine Beamish Memorial Award for Top Rural Team

 

"Debate is a skill that a person uses on a daily basis...The big benefit is that you learn public speaking. You are not shy to discuss, argue, and talk in front of people, while 80% of the people find it hard. Especially, in debate we received a chance to discuss political, environmental, legal, medical, educational, social and international resolutions. We received a chance to study both sides of a resolution. We learned from others and others learned from us.

Gulraiz T., 2009 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"We have found that debate has really enhanced our speaking skills as well as our ability to work as a team."

Sarah G. & Angela L., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"We stumbled upon unknown boundaries, delved into ideas that were once considered to be mediocre and discovered many different shades of white and black. The deeper we delved, the more intrigued we become. After weeks of preparing, we were all too anxious to clash, head-on, with the other teams"

Kehan F. & Gen Z., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellence

 

"Debate opens our minds on many different levels and helps us in many aspects of our lives. Debate truly has proven to be as great as everyone described it."

Brandyn R. & Madison B., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Elaine Beamish Memorial Award for Top Junior Rural Team

 

"Victory or not, debate has taught us many skills that we can use later in life, such as self confidence, research and deduction skills, and information processing as well as how to make an argument. Through debate, we have also have an opportunity to meet great people from all over Saskatchewan."

Alex C. & Aaron F., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"Debate has helped me in so many ways like thinking on my feet, having confidence, organizing my thoughts, and how to research. I know these are things that can help me in everything else I do."

Margaret O., 2007 Provincials Debate Championships

Recipient of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"I like debate because you can learn a lot from it. I learned how to research, and how to prepare for a debate, and it helps for public speaking."

Mariel O. (10 years old), 2007 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"This year has been a big learning experience for me; I have learned how to speak well and I increased my research skills. I know that I will use these skills later on in my life and I will be extremely glad for them."

Evan Jonathan W., 2007 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District # 69 Award for Top Intermediate Speaker, the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellent for the Top Intermediate Saskatoon Team and the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"[Debate] is both a passion and a defining characteristic of who I believe I am today. The skills I have learnt in debate continually show how synergistic it is. Be it academics, current affairs, or the decision making process, debate has taken an active role in furthering both my ability and understanding of the world around me. The ideas of critical analysis and synthesis of information is integral in today's continually changing world. Moreover, the skills of persuasively speaking to an audience, and presenting one's own opinion in an articulate persuasive manner are excellent tools to success in life."

"The skills and lessons debate has taught me will remain useful throughout my life, regardless of what route I take"

Vinay Kumar Mysore, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Leader Post Award for Best Novice Speaker

 

"We believe that the experience of learning to do thorough research, learning to prepare speeches and clashes, and learning how to think on our feet will help us a lot in the future."

Tyne Hagey & Isla Redhead, 2005 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Melville District Credit Union Award, and the Michael Misanchuk Award for Excellence

 

"In May, I was the Provincial runner-up for the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. I know that debating in tournaments has helped me to improve my speaking skills. Winning this award has helped give me the confidence to embrace other activities in life."

Raquel Fletcher, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District #69 Award for Top Junior Speaker

 

"Debate has allowed us to express out views on issues and strengthened our confidence in everything we do. Our debate careers have allowed us the opportunity to meet a variety of fascinating people. Debate has also provided us with the research, organizational and analytical skills which will benefit us for many years to come. Debate has enhanced the quality of our public speaking and has taught usthe benefits associated with working as a team."

Jenna Arnelien & Shannon Landels, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker Award for Top Novice Team

 

"The techniques I learned through debate will help my public speaking for years to come, which is something that is truly important about debate. Debate has allowed me to meet so many new friends and competent debaters, many of whom I will hold as friends in the future."

Bobby Xiao, 2006 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Shumiatcher Award for Top Open Team

 

"Not only is debate a public speaking enhancer but it is also a confidence booster, a way of broadening one's knowledge base, a place to meet new friends, and a chance to travel."

"Debating is a useful skill in high school, but in the bigger picture, people's lives are affected by debate in Parliament and court rooms daily. It can make the difference between freeing an innocent person and imposing a law that curtails the rights of Canadian citizens. The 'power of the pen' and the 'power of the word' are critical skills to have."

"Debate has provided me a forum to exercise my knowledge of a second language in an environment other than the classroom. Through this activity, I have been able to improve my vocabulary, express my passionate beliefs and think on my feet in French."

Jenna-Lynn Senger, 2006 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Canadian Parents for French Award for Top French Senior Speaker

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    Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters and Walter Murray Collegiate Institute Debate Club

    At Walter Murray Collegiate Institute, Saskatoon

    March 17, 2018

     

    Resolutions:

    Rounds 1 & 2 Prepared Topic

    This House would make poverty a significant mitigating factor in criminal prosecutions.

     

    Round 3 Impromptu Topic

    This House believes that juries should be abolished in criminal trials.

     

    Round 4 Impromptu Topic

    Elementary: This House believes we should celebrate International Women's Day.

    High School: This House believes that affirmative action policies are counterproductive.

    Results

    Elementary Beginner

    Top Teams: Byron Merkosky Team Award

    1. Salma E./Maham Z., Regina Huda School
    2. Sahasro B./Lucas T., Silverspring School
    3. Isabelle M./ Bryn H., Caswell School

     

    Top Speakers: Speaker Award

    1. Anne K., Greystone Heights School
    2. Rita A., Sylvia Fedoruk School
    3. Aiman I., Regina Huda School

    Elementary Intermediate

    Top Teams: Melville District Credit Union Award

    1. Will S./Elliot C., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters
    2. Abiha M./Yusra N., Regina Huda School
    3. Maria C./Elsa L., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters

    Top Speakers: Assinibioa S.D. #69 Speaker's Cup

    1. Will S., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters
    2. Sam F., Caswell School
    3. Maria C., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters

     

    Special Award

    Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellence (Top Saskatoon Elementary Intermediate Team):

    Will S./Elliot C., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters

    High School Novice

    Top Teams: Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Centre Award

    1. Jemmie P./Megan D., Swift Current Comprehensive High School
    2. Swarna E./Brianna A., Evan Hardy Collegiate
    3. 3. Umama R./Alejandra V., Winston Knoll Collegiate

    Top Speakers: Leader Post Award

    1. Darshana L., Walter Murray Collegiate
    2. Megan D., Swift Current Comprehensive High School
    3. 3. Ishita M., North Battleford Comprehensive High School

    High School Open - Results of Open Final

    Top Teams: Schumiatcher Award

    1. Anwyn D./Afsoneh A., Walter Murray Collegiate
    2. Mohammed A./Ben J., Walter Murray Collegiate
    3. 3. Wardah M./Graeme S., Campbell Collegiate

    Top Speakers: E.C. Leslie Award

    1. Anwyn D., Walter Murray Collegiate
    2. Wardah M., Campbell Collegiate
    3. Graeme S., Campbell Collegiate

     

    Open Grade 9

    Top Team: Husky Oil Award

    Kaia B./Bhavandeep B., Walter Murray Collegiate

     

    Top Speaker: Melville Comprehensive Award

    Kaia B., Walter Murray Collegiate

    Special Awards

    Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters Spirit of Debate Award:

    Each club was asked to select their recipients. A committee of the SEDA Board of Directors then selected the top recipient based on the submitted write-ups of each recipient.

     

    Top Elementary Recipient

    Liam B., Saltcoats School

    Elementary Recipients

    Ben S., Elsie MIronuck Community School

    Marcus F., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters

    Nada E. Saskatoon Misbah School (Sylvia Fedoruk School)

    Rohan N. Sylvia Fedoruk School

    Katherine C., Greystone Heights School

    Liam B., Saltcoats School

     

    Top High School Recipient

    Swarna E., Evan Hardy Collegiate

     

    High School Recipients

    Trinity A., Carlton Comprehensive High School

    Muhammed A., Walter Murray Collegiate

    Swarna E., Evan Hardy Collegiate

    Hamza E., Regina Huda School

    Sarah C., Saskatoon Home Educated Debaters

    Megan D., Swift Current Comprehensive High School

    Chan Min R., Luther College High School

     

    SEDA Youth Volunteer Award

    Wardah M., Campbell Collegiate

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2018 E.C. Leslie Provincial Debate Championships RESULTS

    Beginner

    Rank

    Name

    W/L

    Ind. Ave

    Team Ave.

    1

    Salma E.

    4

    80.67

    80.42

    1

    Maham Z.

    4

    80.17

    80.42

    2

    Sahasro B.

    3

    81.74

    81.09

    2

    Lucas T.

    3

    80.43

    81.09

    3

    Isabelle M.

    3

    81.96

    79.98

    3

    Bryn H.

    3

    78.00

    79.98

    4

    Frida S.

    3

    79.67

    79.53

    4sabelle Mementary

    Miette M.

    3

    79.39

    79.53

    5

    Sophia H.

    3

    78.50

    79.00

    5

    Kaitlyn C.

    3

    79.50

    79.00

    6

    Magnus I.

    3

    80.28

    78.59

    6

    Bilal A.

    3

    76.89

    78.59

    7

    Lauren C.

    2

    79.63

    81.02

    7

    Anne K.

    2

    82.42

    81.02

    8

    Ayesha A.

    2

    79.69

    80.97

    8

    Rita A.

    2

    82.26

    80.97

    9

    Laraib M.

    2

    78.71

    80.46

    9

    Aiman I.

    2

    82.21

    80.46

    10

    Louis-Pascal D.

    2

    80.00

    77.92

    10

    Isen Y.

    2

    75.83

    77.92

    11

    Habiba A.

    1

    81.13

    79.69

    11

    Rachel P.

    1

    78.25

    79.69

    12

    Vivek N.

    1

    79.71

    79.21

    12

    Max C.

    1

    78.71

    79.21

    13

    Aurora K.

    1

    79.33

    78.54

    13

    Lucas C.

    1

    77.75

    78.54

    14

    Alaa I.

    1

    77.58

    78.42

    14

    Eesha Q.

    1

    78.25

    78.42

    15

    Ayaan K.

    1

    77.17

    77.83

    15

    Ryan A.

    1

    78.50

    77.83

    2018 E.C. Leslie Provincial Debate Championships RESULTS

    Intermediate

    Rank

    Name

    W/L

    Ind. Ave

    Team Ave.

    1

    Will S.

    4

    82.67

    82.00

    1

    Elliot C.

    4

    81.33

    82.00

    2

    Abiha M.

    3

    80.25

    79.96

    2

    Yusra N.

    3

    79.67

    79.96

    3

    Maria C.

    3

    81.42

    79.90

    3

    Elsa L.

    3

    78.38

    79.90

    4

    Blake K.

    3

    76.67

    79.31

    4sabelle Mementary

    Sam F.

    3

    81.96

    79.31

    5

    Alex J.

    3

    76.71

    78.23

    5

    Dishita E.

    3

    79.75

    78.23

    6

    Zaid I.

    3

    78.25

    77.44

    6

    Tahir Z.

    3

    76.63

    77.44

    7

    Laraib W.

    3

    77.13

    77.19

    7

    Aamina T.

    3

    77.25

    77.19

    8

    Huda A.

    2

    80.00

    80.69

    8

    Fatima A.

    2

    81.38

    80.69

    9

    Nada E.

    2

    80.29

    80.50

    9

    Rohan N.

    2

    80.71

    80.50

    10

    Katherina C.

    2

    79.67

    79.71

    10

    Arnica K.

    2

    79.75

    79.71

    11

    Fatima E.

    2

    78.13

    79.50

    11

    Muhammad M.

    2

    80.88

    79.50

    12

    Grayson L.

    2

    80.33

    78.50

    12

    Ty D.

    2

    76.67

    78.50

    13

    Abdur-raafay H.

    2

    75.50

    77.31

    13

    Ali E.

    2

    79.13

    77.31

    14

    Isabelle E.

    2

    76.78

    75.89

    14

    Charlotte L.

    2

    75.00

    75.89

    15

    Keegan I.

    1

    80.04

    78.73

    15

    Zaiden O.

    1

    77.42

    78.73

    16

    Jerry Y.

    1

    76.21

    77.19

    16

    Krishna N.

    1

    78,17

    77.19

    17

    Liam B.

    1

    79.75

    77.10

    17

    Ayden B.

    1

    74.46

    77.10

    18

    Abby S.

    1

    78.33

    77.06

    18

    Ryder G.

    1

    77.78

    77.06

    19

    Mikayla U.

    1

    79.92

    77.02

    19

    Zainab S.

    1

    74.13

    77.02

    20

    Kevin L.

    1

    74.63

    76.31

    20

    Rafay A.

    1

    78.00

    76.31

    21

    Mikhail S.

    1

    74.78

    74.98

    21

    Tim Y.

    1

    75.17

    74.98

    22

    Nick R.

    0

    73.04

    74.42

    22

    Zhi R.

    0

    75.79

    74.42

    2018 E.C. Leslie Provincial Debate Championships RESULTS

    Novice

    Rank

    Name

    W/L

    Ind. Ave

    Team Ave.

    1

    Jemmie P.

    4

    76.71

    79.47

    1

    Megan D.

    4

    82.23

    79.47

    2

    Swarna E.

    3

    81.00

    80.67

    2

    Brianna A.

    3

    80.33

    80.67

    3

    Umama R.

    3

    78.67

    79.67

    3

    Alejandra V.

    3

    80.67

    79.67

    4

    Bridget S.

    2

    82.35

    81.01

    4sabelle Mementary

    Darshana L.

    2

    79.67

    81.01

    5

    Abby D.

    2

    73.25

    77.06

    5

    Jarrod Q.

    2

    80.88

    77.06

    6

    Ishita M

    1

    82.17

    77.86

    6

    Vikas M.

    1

    73.56

    77.86

    7

    Janna E.

    1

    74.89

    76.11

    7

    Hamza E.

    1

    77.33

    76.11

    E.C. Leslie Provincial Debate Championships RESULTS

    Open

    Rank

    Name

    W/L

    Ind. Ave

    Team Ave.

    1

    Anwyn D.

    4

    85.63

    84.34

    1

    Afsoneh A.

    4

    83.06

    84.34

    2

    Mohammed A.

    4

    81.19

    80.15

    2

    Ben J.

    4

    79.10

    80.15

    3

    Wardah M.

    3

    84.06

    83.59

    3

    Graeme S.

    3

    83.13

    83.59

    4

    Nathan G.

    3

    82.56

    82.22

    4sabelle Mementary

    Mueez R.

    3

    81.89

    82.22

    5

    Hussain A.

    3

    79.71

    80.88

    5

    Yangming H.

    3

    82.04

    80.88

    6

    Miriam C.

    3

    80.52

    79.01

    6

    Cheran F.

    3

    77.50

    79.01

    7

    Kaia B.

    2

    82.75

    80.33

    7

    Bhavandeep B.

    2

    77.92

    80.33

    8

    Sarah K.

    2

    80.00

    79.88

    8

    Elizabeth D.

    2

    79.75

    79.88

    9

    Nohl P.

    2

    82.58

    79.73

    9

    Ria B

    2

    76.88

    79.73

    10

    Victor W.

    2

    80.96

    78.92

    10

    Aditya K.

    2

    76.88

    78.92

    11

    Gabriela C.

    2

    76.63

    78.60

    11

    Luke S.

    2

    80.58

    78.60

    12

    January D.

    2

    79.11

    78.31

    12

    Magda M.

    2

    77.50

    78.31

    13

    Harshini A.

    2

    78.92

    78.02

    13

    Eljay D.

    2

    77.13

    78.02

    14

    Seth N.

    1

    77.33

    79.54

    14

    Carrick P.

    1

    81.75

    79.54

    15

    Sarah C.

    1

    76.65

    77.59

    15

    Jarica G.

    1

    78.54

    77.59

    16

    Kevin Z.

    1

    76.56

    77.22

    16

    William L.

    1

    77.88

    77.22

    17

    Rowan F.

    1

    77.38

    76.58

    17

    Jules O.

    1

    75.79

    76.58

    18

    Mantaqua C.

    1

    76.35

    76.48

    18

    Aroba K.

    1

    76.60

    76.48

    19

    Taegan I.

    1

    76.71

    75.88

    19

    Dante B.

    1

    75.04

    75.88

    20

    Zona I.

    0

    78.33

    78.17

    20

    Ammara S.

    0

    78.00

    78.17