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Sunday April 1st, 2012

Posted at 10:15am

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Assumption High School students Kaitlyn Meloche and Norman Nehmetallah took the provincial debate championships by storm last week in Ottawa.

The Ontario Student Debate Union Provincial Championships placed students directly in the Senate Chamber to debate controversial political issues. Kaitlyn and Norman rose to the challenge, proudly representing the Windsor-Chatham-Sarnia-London region.

The team began the tournament with a pair of research debates centered around the topic of supervised injection sites. They were victorious in both debates, relying on a wealth of statistics and well-constructed arguments to defend their positions. They advanced past the third debate of the competition, bringing their record to 3-0. Kaitlyn and Norman were one of only four remaining teams without a loss. The fourth debate, against another undefeated team, was on the success of the Occupy Movement.

After what two judges described as “the best high school debate [they] have ever seen”, the Assumption team was narrowly defeated. Based on their impressive performance throughout the four rounds, however, the pair was selected to attend the national championships in Montréal.

Kaitlyn was chosen as the top female debater in the provincial finals and Norman’s debate in the first round received the highest score in the tournament out of a total of 768 judge scoresheets.

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