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Debate

Students on PC’s Debate Team prime themselves to give informed speeches on political issues we face in today’s society. The major difference between the Polikon club of today and that of 40 years ago is that the new team has gained Pickering College a full-fledged membership in the CIS Fulford Debate League. Pickering College competes at local, national and international public speaking and debate competitions throughout the school year, including:

SCS Impromptu Debating Tournament
Toronto, ON

Fall Fulford Debate
Toronto, ON

Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition
Vancouver, BC

University of Toronto School (UTS) Junior Debate and Public Speaking Tournament (Zommer's Cup)
Toronto, ON

Winter Fulford Debate
Toronto, ON

Kaufman Cup
Toronto, ON

Ontario Student Debating Union Junior Provincial Championship
Toronto, ON

Queen's National High School Debating Championships
Kingston, ON

Spring Fulford Debate
Toronto, ON

World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship
Sydney, Australia

Junior High Speech Nationals
Vancouver, BC

PC student debates for Canada in Australia


In his Grade 12 year, Sterling Mancuso '17 represented Canada at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship in Sydney, Australia, taking on 121 of the world’s best high school debaters. He placed 41st overall but was 12th in the debating category and qualified for the final rounds.

“I think it’s safe to say that Sterling is one of the most impressive public speakers and debaters we’ve seen at Pickering College. That we’ve now qualified a senior student to compete in the Worlds is certainly the brightest feather in our cap thus far.”

- Keith Kupsch, Senior School faculty and debate coach

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