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ASL to host debate tournament

Daniel de Beer
Debate team members Alexis Gerwe (’23) and Oliver Presier (’23) research current events to prepare for the upcoming debate competition. The debate team will compete against other international schools Nov. 15-16.

The debate team will compete in a competition this weekend, Nov. 15-16 against Zurich International School and Frankfurt International School. 

Nineteen teams of two members each will debate against each other in the hope of winning the whole event. 

Ben Berry (’20), who’s been a part of the debate team since his freshman year, is looking forward to both competing against others and the communal growth of all those who take part. 

“I’m really excited because we’re able to debate with other types of schools and different types of people that have different knowledge,” he said. “So not only are we competing for our own selves but we ‘re competing to help each other.” 

Daniel de Beer
Debate team member Dexter James (’23) browses the internet for news to read up on. The debate team has held meetings to practice and prepare for the debate competition coming up Nov.15-16.

The style is parliamentary, which means the competitors don’t know the topics until 20 minutes prior to each debate. 

Berry said that in order to prepare, members go over current events in weekly meetings and practice common debate prompts.

Anyone is able to sit in on any of the debates that take place during the tournament as long as permission is granted by those taking part.

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Jonathan Novak
Jonathan Novak, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus
Jonathan Novak (’20) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus of The Standard. He joined The Standard as a staff writer as a freshman and previously was the Sports Editor. He likes writing and exploring issues in the school and the professional sports world. Novak is involved in the varsity soccer and track teams. His favorite subjects are math and science. Novak has lived in London for his entire life and been at ASL since K-1.
Daniel de Beer
Daniel de Beer, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online
Daniel de Beer (’23) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online of The Standard. Having grown up in Brazil and lived in four different countries, de Beer is a citizen of the world. De Beer began his journalistic career in Grade 9, when he joined The Standard as a Staff Writer. His hobbies include playing backgammon, swimming, and competitive chair spinning.

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