Stoneleigh-Burnham School Student Earns 3rd in World Debate Championship

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Student Earns 3rd in World Debate Championship

6/3/19—Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) student Jacqueline “Jax” M. ’19 recently brought home two trophies from the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championship hosted at fellow girls’ school Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada. She earned third overall in both Interpretive Reading and in After Dinner Speaking.

Jax represented SBS on the U.S. team joining 160 competitors from around the world, which competed in three rounds a day over four days in four different events, including one round partnering with another student.

SBS Debate Coach Karen Suchenski reported that Jax was graceful under pressure, showed stamina over the competition, and congratulated other competitors, displaying the girls’ school characteristics of “grit, grace, humility, and teamwork.”

The Debate and Public Speaking Society is one of SBS’s signature programs, and Jax joins an elite group of former competitors. She is the 18th debater in the school’s history to qualify for the world competition and the 7th to do so in the past five years.