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Mr. Berrington is awarded for his outstanding contributions to debate!

Congratulations to SJR’s Debate and Social Studies teacher Graeme Berrington ’08, who is the 2022 recipient of the Canadian Student Debating Federation’s Willis S. McLeese Award for outstanding contributions to student debate in Manitoba.
 
The achievement comes after being nominated by his colleagues, “for his dedication to fostering debate in Manitoba and Canada through provincial and national events, enhancing Manitoba’s ability to host national tournaments using the Tabby Cat application and continuing to support the nomination of qualified Manitobans to audition for Canada’s World Debate Team.”
 
The award was presented to Graeme on Thursday, October 13, 2022, by Carissa Balcaen, President of the Manitoba Speech and Debate Association.
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St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.