Students will showcase debating skills at Township hall on Saturday

A series of youth debates takes place on Saturday at the Township of Langley Civic Facility, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The BC Forensic League will be hosting their annual showcase event, where over 50 of the organization’s students showcase their public speaking skills. The event is primarily run to show the parents of the students how much progress their child has made, but also to encourage awareness of the organization in the local community.

“Communications is the key to student development in the new job market. No matter how intelligent or passionate a student is, if they can’t communicate their vision to others, they’re going to struggle in this job market, regardless of the career path they choose,” said Eric Cho, a former student and current instructor at the BC Forensic League.

The event this year will consist of showcasing three main public speaking activities: British parliamentary system-style debate, mock trials, and entrepreneurship business pitches.

There will be witty, intense, fast-paced, intelligent debate in the British parliamentary session, where four teams debate on an improvised resolution.

For the first time in the organization’s history, it will also be running a mock trial showcase, where the top two law case teams will simulate a real law trial.

Finally, those who love the shows Shark Tank or Dragons’ Den will not want to miss the showcase of the organization’s new entrepreneurship program. Students will be pitching their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges, which will promise to be an entertaining, fun portion of the showcase event.

The organization says communication is a vital skill that all students should develop for their future careers. The BC Forensic League is an honour society that strives to achieve just that — catalyzing the development of effective communication skills in youth.

The organization competes in debate primarily in the United States, where it has won countless awards at various debate tournaments.

However, the BC Forensic League is not restricted to competing in the U.S. The organization also sends its students to many international competitions during the summer, which will include Slovenia this year.

Founded in 2010, the organization has been growing each year in both student count and success. The organization recently had to relocate to a new office in Walnut Grove to accommodate the rising number of both students and staff.

Saturday’s event is open to all members of the public, and will be attended by the students, their friends and family, local politicians, and other business officials.

Organizers say “If you’ve ever been amazed at politicians or business professionals delivering public speeches, wait until you get a chance to see some of these students debate.”

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