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How St Georges wins debate showdown

St Georges Secondary School

St Georges Secondary School debators collect their trophy from Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (left) and Minister of Education Myron Walwyn

St Georges Secondary School is the new Inter Secondary Schools’ Debate champion.

Its three debaters argued their way to victory last night at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College, leaving their opponents from Claudia Creque Educational Centre to settle for second place after a last heated showdown.

The winning team comprising Kiymeiah Millington, Hunter Christopher, and Le’Amoi Biggs successfully proposed a moot that has been described as a hot-button topic in the British Virgin Islands these days.

It reads: The expansion of the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport will positively impact the overall economy of the British Virgin Islands.

The students from Claudia Creque Educational Centre’s who opposed the moot were Latisia Smith, Dayanara Rojas, and Rondell Smith.

Strong points

Kiymeiah, who opened for St Georges, was described by the judges as an energetic speaker who had eye-catching body language.

She gave her team a strong start by noting that, ‘whether it be the next 10 or 20 years down the line’, the BVI economy will be better off if the airport is expanded.

She further noted that it would eventually have a great impact on the territory’s primary revenue earners – tourism and financial services.

Kiymeiah then relayed the proposing baton to her teammate, Hunter, who effectively cemented victory for St Georges with an award-winning presentation.

Hunter copped the Best Speaker Award at last night’s debate, with what adjudicators described as the ‘most outstanding introduction, well-organised and eye-and ear-catching speech’.

Her presentation had facts in relation to projected profits to be gained if the airport is expanded.

The top speaker also elaborated on how the airport expansion would aid in getting the BVI’s medical tourism brand up and running.

She then touched on how an expansion could attract investors.

Meanwhile, Le’Amoi, who was the third speaker for St Georges, delivered a hard-hitting rebuttal.

Debators from Claudia Creque Educational Centre collect their trophy from Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (left) and Minister of Education Myron Walwyn

Debators from Claudia Creque Educational Centre collect their trophy from Premier Dr D Orlando Smith (left) and Minister of Education Myron Walwyn

St Georges took home the 2017 trophy but, according the judges, Claudia Creque Educational Centre’s debating trio put up an epic fight.

That was reflected in the judges’ overall score card. The school was bettered by a mere 20 points. It tallied 660 points, while the victor scored 680.

Both top schools overpowered five other secondary schools in the territory to make it to the ‘heated’ finals.

Meanwhile, last night’s competition was attended by legislators such as Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, Minister of Education Myron Walwyn, Junior Minister of Trade Marlon Penn, and Junior Minister of Tourism Archibald Christian.

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  1. excellent says:

    Proud of the students at St. Georges Secondary. Awesome debate and great team spirit!

  2. Well Done! says:

    So proud of all the young people who took part in this competition. Congrats, St. George’s.

  3. wonderful says:

    Congratulations to St. George’s team and family. Keep soaring like the eagles.

  4. Yeah but... says:

    Congratulations to St. Georges! But do you really think this the Government would let those opposing the Airport Expansion to win the debate??? And win it the presence of the Premier??? Come on mehson… Anegada team was set up…

    • 100 says:

      I totally agree. I was in the crowd and Anegada had strong points , St.Georges rebuttaler didn’t rebut their points .

      Sounded like it was prepared and she wasted a lot of time in her intro instead of getting straight into what her opponents said .

      Anegada won that hands down but it’s a topic government is going to do anyway . Because just like the judges , it’s the government who has the final say .

      But congrats St.Georges , you didn’t deserve the win

  5. Anegada Massive! says:

    Claudia Creque !! You guys did wonderful . You guys had the crowd ! Your energy and everything was just perfect !

    Continue doing your best . #CCEC TUN UP DEH PLACEEEE!!

  6. really? says:

    This should be about team spirit and encouraging each team to accept the judges decision. It was a tough competition but St. Georges had the edge..

    They were poised, articulate, graceful and had the best diction. That was what separated the two.

    In the end they are kids and its only a debate, congrats to all the students. I don’t know the best speaker personally, but we can all agree that distinction certainly belonged to her.

  7. Really says:

    I went to all the debates and I can state Claudia Creque won that debate and St Georges was never suppose to be in the finals. I am not blaming the students as they all did great. The bias adults who decides the faith of these things I will pray for. Not because a school not ‘BIG’ in your eyes mean they dont deserve fairness. The MEC and all their cronies need a lot of help. I pray for my lil BVI.

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