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ACS Egham hosts inter-school debate competition

Published Friday 24th of May 2013 10:16:24 AM

Over 100 parents, teachers and students recently gathered at ACS Egham International School to witness the final debate competition of the year for the London International School Forensics League (LISFL).
12 ACS Egham students aged 15-17 participated in the fifth and final debate of the year alongside their peers from ACS Cobham International School, Marymount International and The American School In England (TASIS), three of six LISFL member schools.

The debate explored whether as a general principal, 'individuals have an obligation to value the common good above their own interests'. Split into two categories, Senior and Novice, senior participants competed individually, whilst novice participants competed against each other in pairs.

After four successful preliminary rounds, ACS Egham students Carter Brace, aged 15 and Edward Blanchard, aged 17 met in the senior final, Blanchard presenting a stronger argument to go on to win the senior tournament. Two other senior ACS Egham debaters, Nathan Hartman, aged 17 and Stephen Huang, aged 17 went on to share success when they tied to win the most number of speaker points (average performance throughout the tournament), an achievement many believe to be better than winning the tournament overall. Blanchard and Brace tied for second place for speaker points with only 1 point separating the top 4 debaters, all of whom were from ACS Egham.

Although students on the ACS Egham debate team have participated in Model United Nations events in the past, this is the first year they have taken part in the debate league, so their achievements on Saturday were all the more impressive.

To prepare for the debates, students met three times a week with ACS Egham teacher, David Rea, who coordinated the debate team, to discuss the upcoming topics and practice constructive argument.

Luisa Horwitz, aged, 15, a student at ACS Egham who was one of the first girls to join the Debate Club commented:

'I love speaking out on topics that I am passionate about, as well as sharing my opinion and influencing others. I am always curious to see how a debate goes, and regardless of the outcome, it is always an experience I can learn from.'

David Rea, commented:

'The students should feel very proud of their achievements. They demonstrated impressive persuasion skills throughout the competition, showcasing the amount of hard work they have put into developing their public speaking and debating skills over the past year, in addition to their full time academic studies.'

'Developing confidence in public speaking is a skill that will stand students in good stead in all walks of life, and it was great to see so many people from ACS Egham come and support the students, and help run the event.'
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