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Student presenting arguments
L'Essor student presenting arguments

Winter Edition of the Peddie Debate Invitational Will Be The Biggest Yet

On February 19th and 20th, the ever-popular Richard Peddie High School Debate Invitational will be hosted at Odette. High-School Debate Teams from all over Windsor-Essex assemble twice a year for this much anticipated event to engage in debate, practice their presentation skills as well as their argumentation and critical reasoning capacities.

"Last Fall, we had our largest turnout ever with over 160 participants. We should be near 200 this time around. Students adore this event as they really get a chance to test how far they can go with some tricky debate topics while always maintaining a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie." notes Vincent E. Georgie, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Faculty Advisor to the Odette Debate Team. "I also love that our Odette Debate Team plays an educational and mentorship role in the recruiting for the event and in all of the days' activities. Odette pioneered the Regional Debate in Windsor-Essex. We were the first to bring it to our community".

André Capaldi and Hamel Khakhria, both 3rd year Odette students, play key roles in developing the Invitational and the Odette Team. A former participant in the Richard Peddie High School Debate Invitational, Tom Krizanovic is now a 1st year Odette student and has recently joined the Odette Debate Team. He joins a team of Odette students of diverse backgrounds. Most recently, members of the Odette Debate Team attended a tournament at Bates College in Maine, debating the likes of Harvard and Yale amongst others.

Students partake in the 2-day debate event by competing in a series of timed and judged debates leading to semi-finals and, ultimately, a final debate in front of all of the participating team and a panel of judges. "It is incredible to see the level of talent and maturity that these high school students have in picking apart these arguments and making terribly convincing arguments. There is a huge representation from students in grades 9 and 10 as well, which is all the more impressive. One thing for sure is that debating is never dull!" noted Georgie.