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LVR debate teams finish in medals at J. Lloyd Crowe Tournament

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
January 24th, 2016

A pair of L.V. Rogers teams finished in the medal during the recent Seventh annual J.Lloyd Crowe Secondary Debate Tourney in Trail.

Sophie Edney and Margaret Saville from LVR took home first place came in first place in the junior category while Hita Manhas and Jaden How placed third.

Second place went to Justin Ma and Chris Mountain from J. Lloyd Crowe.

Individually, LVR’s Edney finished first, Ma second, and Manhas of LVR third. 

Chris Mountain was fourth ((JLC), Margaret Saville (LVR) took 5thplace and Jaden How was 6th.

Teams participated from Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar and Trail. This year’s tournament consisted of two rounds of cross- examination in the morning and a round of impromptu style in the afternoon. 

The topics were:  “Be it resolved that consumerism is responsible for climate change.” for the cross-examination rounds and the students had a choice of “Be it resolved that laughter is the best medicine or intelligence is enough.” for the impromptu round. In the impromptu style students were given the topic one half hour before presenting both the proposition and opposition cases. 

Other results:

Novice competition, Chloe Zacharias and Bethany Worsnop of JL Crowe placed first, Dylan Gyr/Jack Ross and Suki Simington of Wildflower School in Nelson placed second and Jessica Smithies paired with Carter Erickson of Kinnaird Elementary of Castlegar third. 

Individually, Chloe Zacharias was first, Bethany Worsnop, second and Suki Simington was third.

Senior category, the team of Maggie Chan and Hannah Flick placed first and Shaurya Sharma and Liam Walters of JL Crowe Secondary placed second.  Individually, Shaurya Sharma placed first, Maggie Chan second, Hannah Flick third and Liam Walters fourth.

In the end, strong arguments were presented for the reasons behind climate change and the while the topic appeared one sided at the onset students realized the implications of time and how cyclical variations have played a role.

“Intelligence is enough” brought forward interesting and fun discussion and lightened the course of the day. And yes, the negative team triumphed a number of times!

The students now look forward to the last local novice tournament to be held in Castlegar and the junior and senior competition in Nelson at the end of January.

— With files from J. Lloyd Crowe coach Marilyn Lunde

Photo Caption: LVR’s team Sophie Edney and Margaret Saville took first in team while Hita Manhas and Jaden How placed third. — Submitted photo

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