On May 22 and 23, excellent teams from Canada, the Philippines and several states within the US gathered on the campus of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, for the 6th annual International Tournament of Champions. The three-person teams debated, in the World Schools format, the topic, "In some cases, juveniles should be tried as adults."
Competition was fierce during the day, but in the evenings students gathered for impromtu talent contests, games on the Wii, foosball, air hockey and movies.
"WOW! We had an amazing time," said parent Karima Kassam. "Our son Armaan is actively involved with debate and we have gone as far as the Czech Republic to debate. Truly, the organization, the atmosphere, the comradery, and yes of course the FOOD exceeded our expectations."
Here are the results:
1st Christina Yu, Armaan Kassam and Annie Jin of Team Burnaby, Burnaby, British Columbia
2nd Annie McKenna and Logan Brog of Bentley School, Lafayette, California
3rd Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy
4th Ashley Bowron, Trevor Davis and Liam Carson of West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver, British Columbia
The International Tournament of Champions is known for its more relaxed, fun, intimate atmosphere. Students stay on-campus in dorm rooms, getting a taste for campus life while making friends with students from different corners of the globe.
Registration for the 2011 tournament will begin in January 2011.