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 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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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 place as runners up at Prague Spring Debate Championship

FDT place as runners up at Prague Spring Debate Championship

The 5th annual edition of the Prague Spring Debate Championship was the most intense and competitive yet with 64 of the world's best teams, many of whom are going on to compete at the Worlds Schools Debate Championships in Croatia in the next few days. We are pleased to announce that against this fierce competition, after 6 rounds, BOTH of FDT's teams broke to the elimination rounds! Congratulations to FDT Blue (Angela Lu, Anthony Chu, Nikki Wu, Lilya Shen, Calvin Zhang) for making it to the Partial Double Octo-Final round. 

Moreover, FDT Red blasted through all the elimination rounds and made it to the final round against Team China. They lost on a 4-1 split but still, we are so proud of this fantastic accomplishment. Congratulations to Jacqueline Belzberg, Allan Lee, Alison Lee, Jason Guo, and Grace Lee for their hard work and success!

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FDT makes semi-finals at Harvard

FDT makes semi-finals at Harvard

After three days of intense debating at the beautiful campus of Harvard University in Boston, Massacheutus, FDT is pleased to announce some amazing results. Congratulations to Canada Blue (Jamin Feng, Jason Guo, Michael Wu, Victor Tong, and Angeline Wang) and WSDC Denmark for being Quarterfinalists!

After a heated round with the National Canadian Debate Team, our very own Canada Red (Allan Lee, Alan Chen, Alison Lee, Emily Xin, and Tiffany Chen) lost. Still, we are so proud of them for making it all the way to semifinals, an astounding feat!

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Longtime FDT student off to try out for Team Canada Debate!

Longtime FDT student off to try out for Team Canada Debate!

This past weekend, Allan Lee who has been taught by Frankie Cena for over 3 years, was selected out of 24 of BC's best debaters to try out for the national debate team this Spring. He was chosen after a heated semifinals and final round which included other students of Frankie Cena: Kiran Basra, Maggie Macinnis, Angeline Wang, and Samuel Chen. 

We wish Allan the best of luck this spring! 

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