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Winter 2014 High School Debate
High School students compete in the biannual Richard Peddie High School Debate Invitational tournament at the Odette School of Business.

120 High School students attend Odette debate

The Odette School of Business hosted the biannual Richard Peddie High School Debate Invitational on February 28 with 10 local high schools and 120 students in attendance for a full day of intense competition – including first time competitors from École Secondaire E.J. Lajeunesse.

The debate competition allows high school students to get a real feel for University life by interacting with Odette students, faculty, and staff throughout the Odette building.

This year the event introduced a new system that allowed competitors to receive instant feedback after each round was completed.  Students and teachers both expressed great satisfaction with the new system of immediate feedback and praised the continuous improvements the competition undergoes.

This winter’s invitational also set some great milestones: for the first time one student won both the Fall and Winter invitational. Josh Jaekel of Assumption College Catholic High School won the overall competition together with his partner Erin Gaudette. St. Joseph’s Catholic High School – who are relatively new to the competition – had a team reach the finals for the first time.  Nick Richards and Richard Masse were awarded second place after an intense round of debate against the champions from Assumption.

Other award winners included Holy Names Catholic High School (best overall team performance), Chris Gregorian of Vincent Massey Secondary School (best male speaker), and Torrie Harris of Kingsville (best female speaker).

The event’s student organizers, Maggie Xie and Mike O’Mara, were pleased with the results.

"The tournament this year was the best one we have hosted to date,” commented O’Mara, captain of the Odette Debate team.  “The implementation of new tab sheets made the day a great success, with positive feedback from everyone involved. We couldn't have done it without the countless volunteers who helped judge and orientate the rounds.”