VMA champions of the Debating Tournament for Schools
November 11th, 2017
After six rounds of entertaining debates, the four semi-finalists of the Debating Tournament for Schools met on Saturday, November 11th to determine who would be crowned this year’s champions.
The teams from Colegio Everest, The Mackay School and Lincoln International Academy joined hosts Villa María Academy for a prepared debate on the motion “This house would not take into account the opinion of local residents when building necessary public works”. Colegio Everest were paired with The Mackay School in the first semi-final, while old rivals Lincoln International and Villa María faced each other in the other semi-final.
The four teams had clearly brought their A game with them, as the judges deliberated at length in order to decide who would be going through to the final. In the end, it was Mackay and Villa María who won their debates and would face each other for a chance to take home the trophy, while Everest and Lincoln would fight it out for third place.
The motion for the final round of debates was “This house believes that a region’s main commodity revenue should be distributed across the whole country”. With an hour to prepare, the teams and their coaches went into lock down, developing the arguments and counter arguments they hoped would silence their opposition.
The final lived up to expectations, with the teams from Mackay and Villa María exchanging heavy blows, as the crowd swayed from one side to another. The level quick thinking, argumentation and wit had improved with every round, culminating in what was easily the most entertaining and closely-contested debate of the tournament.
However, there can only be one winner. On this occasion, it was the girls from Villa María who were awarded the trophy ahead of Mackay, with Lincoln edging the third-place playoff.
Huge congratulations go to all 12 schools who participated this year and particularly to the four semi-finalists. We look forward to building on this competition next year, with plans to expand to a 16-team tournament.