Ashley Phord-Toy follows her passion to sunny Stanford University

Ashley Phord-Toy follows her passion to sunny Stanford University

This week we interviewed Ashley Phord-Toy. Ashley has had a checkered record in debate; she has won countless tournaments and represented Canada at international competitions several times in places like Australia, South Africa, and Croatia.

But what made her choose Stanford University in California over the ivy-covered campuses of the East Coast? And what is behind her now 5-year long passion for debate? Visit our website to find out more!

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Amolak and Anokh follow their love for debate to a career in medicine

Amolak and Anokh follow their love for debate to a career in medicine

This week we interviewed Anokh and Amolak Singh Dhillon. These brothers are two of Frankie's oldest students and after a successful high school career in debate they both went to the University of British Columbia in Arts. Just this year Amolak learned he had been accepted to the UBC School of Medicine. He will join his brother Anokh there in the fall as they both pursue an MD.

It’s a little unusual. Most debaters are always told they would make great lawyers or politicians. But the brothers found that the skills they learned in debate would transfer to the world of medicine in many interesting ways. Read our interview to find out more!

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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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