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QRC and Presentation clash for JA debate crown

Monday, November 27, 2017

It promises to be a clash of the titans when Queen’s Royal College (QRC) square off against Presentation College (Chaguanas) in the grand final of the 2017 Junior Achievement Leadership Debate Series scheduled to be held at the auditorium of the Central Bank in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday, November 29.

A release said QRC Team B and Presentation Team A argued their way to the championship round after two riveting, high-quality semifinals staged at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, on November 22.

QRC were already guaranteed a place in the final by virtue of placing two teams in the second semi-final round. In the battle between colleagues, Team B upstaged its Team A as its panel of Kai-Jeevan Kalideen and Derron Philanders won the judges’ vote when they opposed the motion: Be it resolved that happiness is the most important indicator of well-being and success at the level of the individual. QRC Team A comprised Ronaldo Boodoo and Shane John.

In the first semi-final, Presentation triumphed over a plucky NorthGate College (St Augustine). Kabir Singh and Jerod Griffith proposed the motion for Presentation, with Christina Foster and Zachary Joel arguing against in a close but losing battle.

For the eagerly-anticipated final, QRC will propose the motion, with Presentation arguing against.

This year’s edition of the Junior Achievement Leadership Debate Series has been marked by compelling, high-energy and high-quality performances by participating schools from the preliminary stage, with QRC Team B marching unbeaten through their rounds. Presentation, however, had to overcome a setback when they lost to one of the favoured contenders, Naparima Girls High School, in Round 2. Ironically, Presentation turned the tables on Naparima when they met in a quarter-final match-up.

Judges for the semi-finals were Dr Rose-Ann Walker, Merle Carrington, Averil Ramchand, Dominic Kallipersad and Annette des Isles. Proceedings were chaired by Allan Benjamin with Elizabeth Calder as timekeeper.

The JA debate series is supported by First Citizens Bank (FCB) and Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Giving an assessment of the first debate between Presentation and NorthGate, judge Walker congratulated both teams on a very high-quality debate. “The presentations were well researched, you were thinking on your feet and the general logical flow of your arguments was well done. You followed good techniques of argumentation. By the progress we have seen in the debates over the rounds up to this point, the future of public speaking in T&T will be well served if some of the young people in this series decide to enter the system of governance of the country,” Dr Walker said.

In her summary of the performances of the competing QRC teams in the second semi-final, judge Carrington congratulated the students on capturing the requisites of debating, explaining that they demonstrated persuasion in getting their points across to the judges and audience, critical thinking skills, confidence and composure in their presentations. “All these elements were present in what we heard this morning,” Carrington noted.


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