And then there were four…
The third date of the 2017 School Debating Tournament took place on Saturday, November 4th at The Grange School. With a place in the quarter finals on the line, the twelve participating schools debated the motion ‘This house believes that cryptocurrencies do more harm than good’ in the morning.
As the results came in, the teams waited nervously to find out who would be advancing to the next round. Lincoln International Academy topped the table with 12 points, joined by Nido de Aguilas, Villa María Academy and Santiago College. Craighouse and The Mackay School were tied with 9 points, while the final 2 places went to Colegio Everest and The Grange School. It was heartbreak for newcomers St. George’s College, who failed to advance despite winning two of their debates.
The motion for the impromptu debate was ‘This house believes that free trade agreements have done more harm than good’. As the speeches were extended to 8 minutes for the day, the students faced a daunting task while preparing to speak on a complex topic.
The four quarter finals were closely contested, with all eight teams showing their ability to build convincing arguments, think on their feet and challenge their opposition’s ideas. In the end, the four winning schools were Lincoln International Academy, Villa María Academy, Colegio Everest and The Mackay School. All four will now return to Villa María Academy on November 11th with a chance of being named debate champions.