Peninsula students rank high at debates
There was no arguing over the strong Semiahmoo Peninsula presence at the 2013 Law Foundation Cup early this month.
Students from Grade 8 and up travelled to Trail for the provincial debate championships, held at JL Crowe Secondary and St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary schools March 1-2.
It was well worth the trip to the Kootenay region, with a number of Peninsula students placing high in the competition.
In the Novice Division, Grade 8s Veer Shete and Amy Doerksen of Southridge School came in second and sixth place, respectively. In the team category, the duo came in second place.
In the junior division, which included Grades 9 and 10, Mariyam Muhammad of Tamanawis Secondary came in seventh place, provincially.
Surrey was strongly represented by Fraser Heights Secondary students Fredrick Ni, Nicolas Wicaksono and Vicky Liu.
Ni, who was the highest-scoring Grade 9 in the Lower Mainland East Region, will represent B.C. at the National Junior High Debating Championships this spring.
Wicaksono came in 12th place in the province individually, and placed eighth with partner Vicky Liu in the team division.
Robert Sheardown of R.E. Mountain Secondary came in 8th place provincially in the Senior Division.
In that same division, schoolmates Cameron Wood and Ginny Hsiang placed 10th in the province as a team, and will be alternates to represent B.C. at the next school year’s National Senior High Debating Championships.
For more information or for tournament schedules, visit www.bcdebate.org