FDT team named US National champions!

FDT team named US National champions!

Last week FDT took 16 students to the US National Speech and Debate Championships in Dallas, Texas. It was FDT's first time ever at the competition, which is one of the largest academic competitions in the world with over 5,000 attendees.  

We are so happy to announce that the team of Eric Li, Aurora Zhang, Alice Xu, and Jonathan Chu, made it to the final round of the Middle School World Schools Competition against China, and emerged victorious on a 4-1 split winning the national title!

Moreover, we want to congratulate Canada Blue (Koby Chen, Jena Yue, Athens Wu, and Nora Zhu) who broke to the the Triple Octo-finals and eventually made it to the Double Octo-finals, placing in the top 32 teams among the 193 teams competing. Even more impressive is that Jena Yue placed as the 7th best speaker overall among the near 800 speakers that were competing, with Athens Wu and Koby Chen also placing in the top 100 speakers.

Congratulations to all our students for their hard work!

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FDT students succeed at the Vancouver round of World Scholar's Cup

FDT students succeed at the Vancouver round of World Scholar's Cup

 This weekend, Mulgrave School hosted the Vancouver Regional Round of the World Scholar's Cup, a global competition in which thousands of the world's top high school and middle school students compete. The World Scholar's Cup is a challenging and rigorous competition consisting of 4 events in total: Team Debate, Team Writing, Team Bowl, and Team Challenge. The students’ knowledge is tested in 6 pre-chosen subject areas from science to social studies. With that level of challenge, the accomplishments of our students are even more impressive!

We want to congratulate each of our teams for their success. First, Fiona Li, Jason Song, and Jerry Song who won a Gold Medal in Team Debate and Team Bowl, and a Silver Medal in Team Challenge and Team Writing, winning a Gold Medal overall. Next, the teams of Derrick Liu, Jerry Li, Vincent Guo and Cynthia Yu, Athena Yu, Richard Ma each won a Silver Medal overall. The team of Grace Wu, Amy Diao, and Jacky Xue won a Silver Medal in Team Bowl and a Silver Medal overall. Congratulations are due to Rohan Singh, Paul Dhaliwal, and Ezra Lee who won a Silver Medal in Team Challenge and Jonathan Nie, Jason Chen, and Adrian Zheng who won a Silver Medal in Team Bowl and in Team Debate. Finally, we want to congratulate Anisha Singh and Diya Perry who won a Gold Medal in Team Debate and a Silver Medal overall.

In total over 20 FDT students have qualified for the Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup which will be held around the world in Australia, China, and the Netherlands this summer. We wish those that attend the best of luck!

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FDT team makes Quarter-Finals at Texas tournament

FDT team makes Quarter-Finals at Texas tournament

This weekend FDT sent a team of some of our best and brightest young debaters to the Bluebonnet World School's Debate Tournament near Houston, Texas. We are so happy to announce that our team not only made it to the Quarter-Final round, but they were named the 5th place team overall. Congratulations are in order to Eric Li, Athens Wu, Jena Yue, Sarah Sheng as well as Max Rosen, a student from the Canadian national debating team, who competed with FDT at the tournament.

We are also happy to announce that FDT student Victor Tong came in 3rd place overall as a speaker, Sarah Sheng placed 5th, and Eric Li placed as the 6th best speaker overall.

Congratulations y'all! 

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Angelina and Nicholas named among 10 best speakers in the World!

Angelina and Nicholas named among 10 best speakers in the World!

We have some exciting news from the Worlds Individuals Public Speaking and Debate Championships in Toronto this past weekend! Angelina Zhang has placed as the 7th place speaker overall in the entire world and Nicholas Viegas placed 10th overall! Angelina and Nicholas were named in the top 10 of over 100 of the world’s best speakers from 11 countries including the US, Australia, and China among others.

Moreover Angelina made it to the finals for impromptu speaking and debate, while Nicholas made finals for interpretative reading, placing 4th overall in that category.

Congratulations you two!

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FDT places 5th at Prague Spring

FDT places 5th at Prague Spring

Just this past weekend we took a team of some of FDT’s best debaters along with Canadian National Debating Team member Naomi Panovka, to the annual Prague Spring Debate Championship.

We have some great results to announce. After breaking to the octofinals, FDT advanced to the quarterfinals eventually placing 5th in an incredibly challenging and competitive tournament.

Moreover Grace Lee placed as the 8th best speaker overall and Jason Guo placed 4th. Congratulations guys!

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FDT team makes Semi-Finals at Harvard World Schools Invitational

FDT team makes Semi-Finals at Harvard World Schools Invitational

FDT is just finishing up an exciting weekend at one of the world's most competitive debate tournaments, the Harvard World Schools Invitational. We are so proud to announce that FDT Purple finished 4th overall, in a field of 62 of the world's best teams including the national teams of many countries. Congratulations to Alice Xu, Aurora Zhang, Jena Yue, and Athens Wu for their hard work in not only breaking to Octo-Finals, but fighting their way to the Semi-Finals where they lost to the Canadian National Team. What's even more astounding is that these girls are only in Grade 8 and Grade 9!

More than that we want to congratulate Saara Meghji and Angelina Zhang, who were debating for the Canadian National Team and made it to the Octo-Finals, as well as Allan Lee, whose team made it to the Quarter-Finals. Moreover, the Danish National Debate Team coached by Frankie Cena, Dena Tabyanian, and Arsalan Ghaemi, made it to the Quarter Finals! For speaker awards we want to congratulate Allan Lee for placing as the 7th best speaker overall, Saara and Angelina who tied for 8th place speaker overall, and Aurora Zhang who was named the 5th best novice speaker.

We are so proud of students and their hard work and of course their success wouldn't be possible without the hard work of their chaperones and coaches. Well done guys!

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FDT attends Tournament of Champions at Yale University

FDT attends Tournament of Champions at Yale University

FDT has just returned from the snow covered campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where we computer in the Tournament of Champions for the World Scholar's Cup! Our two teams qualified after competing in the global rounds in either Melbourne or Barcelona and they had a blast competing against the cream of the crop from around the world at Yale.

Here are some of the outstanding results. Both of our teams did well in debate. The team of Vicky Zhang, Fiona Li, and Jolin Yu won a Silver medal as a team. The team of Julia Guo, Vanessa Zhang, and Aurora Zhang won a Gold medal as a team. Furthermore our students performed well individually.In Individual Writing, Aurora, Julia, and Jolin all won Silver medals. In the Scholar's Challenge, Fiona won a Silver medal for Literature subject as did Jolin, while Aurora won a Silver medal in Social Studies, Vanessa won Silver in Art and Literature, and Vicky won a Gold medal in Art. Finally in Individual Debate, Jolin and Julia won Silver medals, and Fiona and Vanessa won Gold. Moreover, in addition to winning a Gold medal, Aurora placed 36th individually, in a field of hundreds of the world's best junior debaters!

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FDT team Quarter-Finalists at Cornell World Schools Tournament

FDT team Quarter-Finalists at Cornell World Schools Tournament

This weekend two FDT teams along with Tonya and Arsalan, traveled to Ithaca, New York to participate in the the Alfred Tuna Snider World Schools Debate Tournament at Cornell University.

We want to congratulate FDT Red for breaking to the Quarter-Final round at the tournament! The team consisted of FDT students Jamin Feng, Jason Guo, Sarah Sheng, Jessica Chen and were joined as well by Naomi Panovka, who is currently on the Canadian National Debating Team. We also want to congratulate FDT Blue who very narrowly missed breaking to the Quarter-Final. Congrats to Kelly Ho, Nora Zhu, Grace Lee, Angela Lu, and Stanford Guo for doing so well!

In terms of speaker awards we want to congratulate Jamin Feng for placing as the 4th place speaker in the entire tournament, Naomi for placing 9th, and Grace for placing 10th.

All in all a great tournament and we hope to be back in the future!

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FDT student joins the US National Debate Squad

FDT student joins the US National Debate Squad

FDT has had over a dozen students on the Canadian National Debating Team so far in our history but this week we reached another milestone: our first student to make the US National Debating Team.

FDT's own Victor Tong has been selected to join the development team, and Victor will in the future, have a chance to make the full team and represent the USA at competitions around the world. Victor was selected among just 11 other students, which is impressive considering how many excellent debaters compete in the US.

We wish Victor the best of luck on Team USA!

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Two FDT teams find success at the World Scholar's Cup in Australia

Two FDT teams find success at the World Scholar's Cup in Australia

The 3rd Global Round of the World Scholar's Cup has just finished up in Melbourne, Australia and what a competition it was! FDT sent two junior teams to the competition and, with the assistance of Tonya Cena and Jacqueline Belzberg, they battled it out against over 1,000 of the world's top young minds across four exciting competitive events.

We are happy to announce that both teams: Vanessa Zhang, Aurora Zhang, and Katherine Feng, as well as Fiona Li, Vicky Zhang, and Jolin Yu, have qualified to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University along with the two other FDT teams who qualified after the global round in Barcelona.

All of our students have worked very hard to get this far and we hope they give their brains a break before returning to school, and FDT, in just a couple of weeks!

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How debate led Andrew Yun to Team Canada and Harvard University

How debate led Andrew Yun to Team Canada and Harvard University

This year at FDT we have so many exciting success and our students have reached the highest levels of success imaginable. As happy as we are about our successes the end of the year is bittersweet as we have to say goodbye to some of our oldest students and instructors as they move on.

In the next few weeks we want to highlight some of these students and reflect on how debate has helped them chart a path to their future. This week we asked our very former student and instructor Andrew Yun, who just placed as the 5th best debater in the world in Croatia, about his high school debate career and all the doors debate has helped open for him.

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FDT teams succeed at Global Round of Scholar's Cup in Spain

FDT teams succeed at Global Round of Scholar's Cup in Spain

After a smashing success in the local round of Scholar's Cup. FDT brought 2 teams to the global round in Barcelona, Spain, facing off against over 1000 of the worlds brightest and best students. Our junior team and senior team competed in 4 categories including writing, debate, Scholar's bowl. and Scholar's challenge. We are so pleased to announce that both teams performed excellently and were chosen to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

Congratulations to our teams as well as Cathy Cena for chaperoning and Anna Saint for all her hard work coaching!

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