YHS Hosts Jr. Provincial Debate Championships

JrDebateChampionships_27Feb2016-7843From 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 27th, York House hosted over 150 debaters, judges, and volunteers from across the province, for the Jr. Provincial Debate Championships.

The feedback from the tournament was really positive with comments from judges and debaters alike about how smooth and timely everything was!

This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the following people: Nita, Kathy, Paul Sinclair and his team (of course!), Zosia, Karm, Mabel, Kara, Christine, Philip, Chris Cropley, and Shannon (for sharing the building with us despite musical rehearsals).

And the many Yorkies who donated their valuable downtime to moderate the debates and keep them flowing: Andrea, Ariel, Isobel, Angela, Catherine, Rosy, Nicole, Lucy, Taylor, and Fiona.

And last, but definitely not least, Rosa, who rocked her rounds and represented the school really well!

I want to extend my gratitude to all the teachers, staff, and students who volunteered their time to help make the debate tournament the huge success that it was!

Natalie Bosco
Debate Coach



Debate Team Returns with Accolades from the UBC High School Tournament

On the weekend of November 14th, the debate team attended the annual UBC High School Tournament. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Rosa, Gr. 10, made the semi-finals and won the medal for 6th strongest speaker out of 179 students overall. Impressively, she competed in the Senior category, despite being in the Junior age bracket. She went up against debaters older and more experienced than herself, earning rave reviews and respect from the judges.
  • Saskia, Gr. 10, finished 12th in the Junior category, earning a medal for being one of the top 15 speakers out of 188 students competing. Alongside her recent public speaking accomplishments, Saskia is quickly becoming one of the school’s most eloquent representatives.
  • Rosy, Gr. 9 and Angela, Gr. 9, ranked 16th among 94 teams, showing huge growth since last year!

Every single girl on the debate team received glowing feedback from judges, many of whom would stop me after the rounds to tell me how well they performed and how York House should be proud!

If you see any of the following ladies in the hallways, give them some kudos for their commitment to the team: Gr. 9s Jessica, Catherine, Ariel and Pepi, and Taylor, Gr. 10.

Finally, a huge thanks to the indispensable Amy Higgins who has helped supervise and support the debate team through several tournaments this year and last!

Natalie Bosco
Debate Coach