FDT students sweep awards at Steps Together Public Speaking Competition

FDT students sweep awards at Steps Together Public Speaking Competition

Over the weekend several FDT students participated at the Steps Together Public Speaking Competition and we are so proud to announce that FDT won all the top awards. In the Junior category Vivian Liang came in 1st place while Angelina Yueng came in 2nd place. In the Senior category May Fan came in 1st place while Nathan Senyard placed 2nd. Moreover, Vivian Liang was named the overall winner of the competition, taking home a cash prize. We are so proud of our student's successes and hard work!

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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 and Crofton students place among the top Public Speakers in Canada

FDT and Crofton students place among the top Public Speakers in Canada

The Junior High Public Speaking National Championship took place over 4 days this past weekend at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. Our very own Vivian Gu placed as 2nd best speaker overall, which is all time record for FDT students at this competition. In addition, Katherine Feng placed in 7th overall and May Fan placed 13th overall. 

The competition is comprised of 4 individual events and several of our students broke to the final rounds in these events. In particular, Vivian was crowned the debate champion and Katherine was named the impromptu speech champion. Moreover, Vivian placed 2nd in the persuasive category and May placed 3rd in the interpretative reading category. 

Congratulations to our students for their hard work and effort in preparing for this tournament. Good job guys!

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Richard Chen places 2nd in American public speaking competition

Richard Chen places 2nd in American public speaking competition

We are so pleased to announce that one of our bright young students, Richard Chen, had yet again done amazingly, placing 2nd at the District level of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. The District level competition happened in Vancouver, Washington and featured the top speakers from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

In winning 2nd place, Richard has won a $1500 scholarship. Congratulations Richard; We are very optimistic about your future in public speaking!

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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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FDT makes a strong showing at Worlds in South Africa

FDT makes a strong showing at Worlds in South Africa

The World's Individual Public Speaking and Debate Championship may just be the most intense and prestigious debate competition in the world. This year in Cape Town, South Africa more than 100 speakers from 10 different countries competed across 4 challenging events. We are very pleased to announce some excellent results! Congratulations to Ashley Phord-Toy for finishing as the 15th place speaker overall and making the finals for Persuasive Speaking and Impromptu Speaking. In addition, congratulations to Maggie MacInnis who placed 18th overall and made the finals for Persuasive Speaking and Debate. Additional commendations to Nellie Sun who placed as the 34th place speaker overall. 

We are so proud of the fine achievements of these hard-working students!

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FDT sweeps Burnaby Optimist Oratorical Competition

FDT sweeps Burnaby Optimist Oratorical Competition

Today at Simon Fraser University, 5 FDT students took the top 5 spots in the Burnaby Round of the Optimist International Oratorical Competition. Congratulations to Emmalynn Tsang who was the 1st place speaker and Sophia Xu who was the 2nd place speaker! They will both be moving on to the next round of the competition. Also, we commend Athena Yu for placing 3rd, Vivian Guo for placing 4th, and Heley Yang who placed 5th. You all did amazing!

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Ashley and Nellie advance to World's Public Speaking

Ashley and Nellie advance to World's Public Speaking

One of FDT's finest instructors Ashley Phord-Toy and longtime FDT student Nellie Sun will both be advancing to the World's Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championship later this year! They advance after placing near the top at the Canadian National Public Speaking Championship this past weekend. The National Championship is one of Canada's most challenging and competitive public speaking or debating competitions, featuring the 39 best speakers from across the country.

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Crofton House student off to Worlds!

Crofton House student off to Worlds!

Last week at the International Independent Schools Public Speaking Championships for the FOURTH year in a row Crofton House, under the guidance of Frankie Cena and Dena Tabyanian was the best school in BC

Maggie MacInnis will travel to South Africa next year to compete with the very best speakers from across the world. We wish her the best of luck, although she most certainly does not need it.

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