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Sterling Hall Debate Tournament

5th Annual Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Thank you to the 90 debaters, coaches, parent, Old Boy and alumni parent volunteer judges, student time-keepers and our SHS staff who helped to make our 5th Kaufman Cup Debate Tournament last Saturday a great success. Congratulations to UTS who took the Cup! Our Sterling debaters had a strong finish including three junior teams placing in the top 10.

Tournament Components

Parliamentary Debating – Prepared Topic: Following the format of Canadian Parliamentary Debate style, students will prepare in advance for 2 morning rounds of debate on a topic.


Parliamentary Debating – Impromptu Topic: Students are provided with a topic thirty minutes in advance of these rounds and, alongside a partner from their school, will engage in a Parliamentary style debate with points of information permitted. Students will compete in one round of debate on the impromptu topic, side to be determined 30 minutes in advance of the round.


Tournament Divisions

The tournament is divided into two divisions: Grade 6 and 7 in the Junior Division and Grades 8 & 9 in the Intermediate Division. Schools are invited to send up to 8 students in total (division entry may vary).


Competition is both team and individual. The tournament is geared towards welcoming new debaters to the activity, as well as allowing students with some background to experience the thrill of competition.


Top school teams entered are eligible to be named on the Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup, a trophy named in honour of a former Sterling Hall student Harris Kaufman, who began his competitive public speaking and debating experience at The Sterling Hall School.


Judges Wanted


Sterling Hall seeks volunteer judges to assist with the tournament each year. Please click here to learn more about volunteering for this role. No previous experience is required. 

More Information

For more information please contact Jeremy Nusinowitz, Debate Coach, at

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