Returning from the prestigious International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in Calgary, Alberta, students touched down Monday afternoon at Pearson in the midst of the huffing and puffing of the leading edge of Hurricane Sandy. They blew into town with glad tidings from this yearâs competition that welcomed 150 students from 41 schools and 7 countries. It was truly an international event drawing students from as far away as The Doon School and Vivek High School in India.
MacLachlan College was represented at the championship by veteran IISPSC contestant Ishan Aditya (gr. 12) and two first-time attendees, Rafey Sattar (gr. 12) and Ella Purtill (gr. 11). Overall MacLachlan College finished 28th out of the 47 teams that participated, just behind fellow CIS school Appleby College but ahead of Ridley College.
Ishan participated in Impromptu, After Dinner and Dramatic Interpretation with his best finish coming in Dramatic (12th place) where he narrowing missed an invitation to compete in the tournament finals. Ishan noted that the comments he received for his dramatic monologue performance from Karl Maria Remarqueâs All Quiet on the Western Front, were the most satisfying to him personally. Overall, Ishan finished in the top 3rd of all individual competitorâs at 44th place. Ishan was brimming at the airport saying goodbye to his colleagues for the last time. This is the best. This whole experience has meant so much to me.
Rafey competed in Persuasive, Interpretive Reading and Extemporaneous. His top finish was in Extemporaneous where he placed 9th overall. Also of note was his 25th finish in the persuasive category, a category that drew upwards of 80 competitors â more than any other category. When asked to comment, Rafey was not entirely sure of how to assess his 47th place finish. Coach Gregory Dominato put it into perspective this way: To finish in the top 3rd at this competition is a significant achievement. I mean were talking about the top students from some of the top schools in the world.â He went on to point out the success that students from the IISPSC had at the world tournament last year: Of the 10 top individuals at last year's Worlds, 7 were from this tournament [IISPSC]. Moreover, he noted with some national pride, They were all Canadians. Needless to say, Rafey finds himself in elite company.
First time IISPSC participant Ella Purtill put in a very solid performance finishing 8th in the Radio Newscast event. Her other two events were Dramatic and After Dinner. She was all smiles at the banquet held on the final day of the tournament. This is really fantastic, exclaimed Ella, âthe competition, the excitement, the new friends, the day trip to Banff ¦ Wow! Indeed, Ella was already looking forward to the possibility of a return in 2013. I really have a good idea now of what it takes to do well here overall.
Tournament organizer Lennard Fink from Strathcona-Tweedsmuir was beaming on the final evening. Thanking the large number of volunteers, he announced to the assembled audience of over 200 competitors and coaches that, The IISPSC is a wonderful opportunity to bring oneâs school community together. The effort is worth the result.
Next years IISPSC will be hosted by Country Day School in King City, Ontario and will run from October 17-20, 2013. Coach Dominato wished to thank the school and the parents for their continued support in attending this event and observed that, To be here at this tournament maintains MacLachlanâs profile amongst CIS and CAIS schools.