Crofton House School duo wins national debating championship.

Crofton House School duo wins national debating championship.

April 13, 2016
By
Julie Coghlan-Smith

 
Crofton House School’s (CHS) Tatiana K. and Lily K. became the Canadian national debate champions at the Senior National Debate Championships hosted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this past weekend, April 8 -10.
 
The Senior National Debate Championship is the recognized national tournament for senior high school debaters. Having first partnered in grade 8, the dynamic grade 12 CHS duo, teamed up again, and took the title at the first ever all-female final in the history of the Canadian Senior Debate Nationals. CHS’s opponents were from Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon. The topic was entitled “This House, as the EU, would prioritize security over human rights” and CHS debated in opposition.
 
“After five years in the wonderful Canadian debate community, attending Senior Nationals and speaking in the finals was all that I could hope for. Actually winning the tournament with Lily still feels surreal. Debating has been the highlight of my high school experience, and this was the perfect way to end the journey,” said Tatiana K.
 
Frankie Cena, CHS debating coach, is proud of the CHS team’s achievement. “Watching Tatiana and Lily grow from shy debaters in grade 8 to confident you women at the most celebrated event in Canadian debate, was a truly inspiring experience for me as a coach.”
 
“At CHS, we encourage our girls to speak up and have opinions, and to be able to express themselves appropriately. Learning to debate and speak in public is an important skill for when girls step into the world as young women and future leaders. Through participating in debate, our students discover how to use their authentic voice with confidence.” says Pat Dawson, head of school, CHS.
 
Both Tatiana and Lily are members of the 14-person 2015/2016 Team Canada Debate Team.