St John's School Student to Compete at Debate Worlds

St John's School Student to Compete at Debate Worlds

February 15, 2013

Tosh Turner earned a spot on Team Canada to represent our country at the World Public Speaking Championships, in Durban, South Africa. Tosh is the only student from BC to have qualified for the team. We are very proud of Tosh's performance and are excited that SJS will have sent two students in two years to the World Championships.

Over the Family Day long weekend, Tosh Turner (Head Prefect, Grade 12) and I traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the National Public Speaking Championships. The tournament is held every year at St. John's Ravenscourt School, the epicentre of Canadian debate and public speaking. Tosh had qualified for the tournament by winning the Western Public Speaking Championships. He was the first SJS student accomplish this feat.

At Nationals, 49 of the top high school speakers from across the country competed. The competition was incredibly fierce, with scores being quite close and very high across the board. Tosh competed in the four requisite categories: persuasive speaking, prepared reading, impromptu speaking, and parliamentary debate. After two days of rounds, with an afternoon of skating on the frozen Red River for good measure, we were pleased that Tosh and made finals for one category: reading.

After rounds of finals, the final banquet was held and Tosh ranked 6th in the nation! This meant that he earned his spot on Team Canada to represent our country at the World Public Speaking Championships. Tosh will be off during spring break, so look forward to hearing his experiences and results following such a prestigious trip!