SUSAN LEBLANC « » : Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Dartmouth North's Tessa Davis who has been excelling at the fine art of debate in the last several years. Last year when Tessa was in Grade 9 at Armbrae Academy, she was part of the Nova Scotia debate teams that came first and second at the Queen's University Debate Tournament in Kingston.

This result qualified Tessa and her teammates for the prestigious Oxford Cup in England, a competition for youth across the Commonwealth and Greece. At Oxford, Tessa placed in the top 10 speakers, a huge achievement as there were 120 participants. Last week Tessa and her partner, Noah Szymanis, competed at a major tournament at Columbia University where they placed second overall, and Tessa was awarded second speaker for the entire tournament.

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Her former teacher, John Stone, describes her as considerate, modest, brilliant, and an incredible critical thinker - considerable praise for such a young person, and well deserved. I ask the House of Assembly to join me in congratulating Tessa on her accomplishments so far. I can't wait to see what she does next.

THE SPEAKER « » : The honourable member for Clare-Digby.