FDT students Lauren Meikle and Emily Ni named provincial champions

FDT students Lauren Meikle and Emily Ni named provincial champions

FDT ended up sending over 30 of it’s students to the BC Provincial Debate Championships that were held this weekend in Victoria, BC and we have some great results to announce after a very tough and competitive weekend of debate. We want to congratulate Leo Wang and Judy Rhee who were named the 4th place senior team in the province, and Allan Lee and Jamin Feng who came in 6th. In the junior category we want to recognize Lauren Meikle and Emily Ni for their outstanding achievement in being named the Champion junior team. Moreover, congrats to Peter Zhang who was the top junior speaker and Lauren Meikle who came in 5th place. We also want to congratulate David Xia who was named the 3rd place novice speaker and Jerry Zhang, who came in 4th place.  We will also be sending multiple teams to the national debate championships! Eric Li and Jonathan Chu, Alex Logan and Jessie Liu, and Sean Oh, will be going on to the Junior Debate Championships later this year in Quebec. Allan Lee and Jamin Feng, along with Judy Rhee and Leo Wang will be advancing to the Senior National Debate Championships in Halifax later this year. We wish all our teams the best of luck!

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4 FDT students advance to French Debate Nationals

4 FDT students advance to French Debate Nationals

This weekend the Bilingual Debate Provincial Championships were held at West Point Grey Academy and we have some amazing results to announce.

Eric Li was named the 2nd place Speaker in the Junior category and came in 5th place as a team. Moreover, Vivian Gu was the Top Speaker in the Senior category, while Angelina Zhang came in 3rd place, and Emily Ni came in 5th place. Emily Ni and Nikki Wu were named the Top Senior Team, while Vivian Gu came in 4th place as a team.

We are so excited for Eric, Nikki, Vivian, and Emily who will go to French Debate Nationals in Halifax this year. We wish them the best of luck!

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Kiran and Angelina win Lower Mainland West Championship after all-FDT final

Last Saturday at the Lower Mainland West Regional Tournament, after 4 rounds of intense debate in the senior category, FDT's own instructors battled it out in the final round. In the end Kiran Basra and Angelina Zhang were named champions! We want to congratulate them on their victory and also to Saara Meghji and Bianca Dammholz who were runner-ups. Moreover we have some other great results to announce.In the senior category, Kelly Ho and Joyce Chen came in 4th place overall, Nellie Sun and Bobo Wong came in 5th, and Nikki Wu and Joanna Chen came in 7th. In the junior category the Champion team was Ellen Li and Vivian Gu followed by Emily Ni and Lauren Meikle in 4th, Caitlin May and Hailey Chen in 5th, Skyler Chan and Jason You in 6th place, and Grace Lee and Selina Xu in 8th.

Individually, as speakers, our students did excellently as well. Bianca Dammholz was the top speaker overall in the senior category, Saara Meghji came 2nd, Kiran Basra came 4th, Joyce Chen came 6th, Angelina Zhang came 7th, Nikki Wu came 8th, and Nellie Sun came 10th. In the junior category, Emily Ni came 1st overall, Ellen Li came 2nd, Vivian Gu came 4th, Lauren Meikle came 5th, and Skyler Chan came 9th.

That means overall we have 18 students and instructors from FDT qualifying to provincials from this region! We wish the students the best of the luck at provincials in March.

FDT team makes finals at Lower Mainland North Regionals

FDT team makes finals at Lower Mainland North Regionals

Just yesterday, Judy Rhee and Leo Wang made it to the final round in the senior category at Lower Mainland North Regionals. It was an incredibly tough tournament with some of the best debaters in the province competing. We are so proud of their accomplishments! In the junior category Eric Li and Jonathan Chu came in 2nd place as a team while Peter Zhang and Michael Wu came 3rd, and Sarah Sheng and Angela Lu came 5th. In the novice category David Xia and Richard Chen were the top team overall.

Individually Allan Lee placed as 4th place senior speaker overall, Leo Wang placed 5th, Judy Rhee placed 6th, and Nick Young placed 10th. In the junior category Peter Zhang was the 1st place speaker overall, Michael Wu was 4th place, Koby Chen was 5th, Sarah Sheng was 7th, Anthony Chu was 8th, and Eric Li was 9th. David Xia was the 3rd place novice speaker.

If that wasn't enough in total we have 10 students going on to Provincials. Judy Rhee, Leo Wang, Eric Li, Jonathan Chu, Peter Zhang, Michael Wu, Sarah Sheng, Angela Lu, David Xia, and Richard Chen will be attending the Law Foundation Provincial Tournament in Victoria this March! Moreover, Allan Lee, Jamin Feng, Jason Guo, and Anthony Chu are alternates to go to provincials.

We are so proud of our students and their achievements and we wish them the best of luck at provincials!

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7 FDT students qualify for Public Speaking Nationals

This weekend was the annual BC Provincial Speech Championships. We have exciting news to share with you. 7 FDT students will be going to Speech Nationals this year. We are pleased to announce that in the Senior Division, Angelina Zhang came 4th overall, Judy Rhee came 5th, Anthony Chu came 6th.

In the Interpretative Reading category Anthony came 3rd and Judy was a Finalist. In the Impromptu Speech category Anthony came 1st and Angelina came 2nd. In Debate, Angelina came 2nd.

In the Junior Division Nora Zhu came 3rd, Katherine Feng came 5th, Jena Yue came 6th,  and Eric Li came 7th.

In the Interpretative Reading category Katherine came 2nd while Jena was a Finalist. In the Impromptu Speech category Nora came 2nd, and Eric was a Finalist. In Persuasive Speech Jena came 2nd. In Debate, Katherine came 2nd and Eric 3rd.

We are so happy with all our students and their amazing work. Now begins the hard work to prepare for Nationals!

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FDT student wins Provincial Chinese Public Speaking Competition

FDT student wins Provincial Chinese Public Speaking Competition

Grace Lee won 1st place in the Grade 8-10 category at the BC "Chinese Bridge" Mandarin Speech Contest. The competition took place in Coquitlam on Sunday and was organized by the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China. Grace won against speakers from all over the province!

Congratulations Grace on this amazing victory.

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Longtime FDT students become Provincial Champions

Longtime FDT students become Provincial Champions

In a very heated final round, four of FDT's brightest students went head to head for the title of best Junior Team in BC. In the end, it was Leo Wang and Judy Rhee who took home the prize. We want to also congratulate Alison Lee and Kelly Ho who may have lost the final round but put in a stellar effort all weekend and are the 2nd place junior team. Also congrats to Vivian Gu and Lauren Meikle, who were 9th place team and qualified to go to Junior Nationals this April; moreover, Jason Feng and Jason Guo were the 10th place team. Alison Lee was the top junior speaker, Leo Wang was 3rd, Vivian Gu was 5th, and Judy Rhee was 9th.  

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