May 2019 Volume 15

The Burger King National Debating Competition Report

the Debating Society
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The Burger King National Secondary Debate Competition is acknowledged as the premier debating competition in Jamaica. The Competition seeks to get young minds involved in conversations of socio-political importance, as well as develop the public speaking and critical thinking skills of students.

The competition is held island wide among 64 high schools across the island. Kingston College has a rich history of producing remarkable debaters and is currently noted to have last won the competition in the year 2014.

The 2019 team consisted of Captain Sean Roberts, Antonio Neil, and Jahmai Scarlett, first, second and third speakers respectively. The members of the reserve team are Jeremiah Baker, Javell Levy and Jhevoni Vassel.

They were guided by the faculty advisors Mrs. Tamica Telphia-Fraser, and Mr. Christopher Brown. In addition, we have a tradition of mentorship from immediate past members of the debating society most of whom participated in the competition.

In the first round of the competition, the team was slated to compete against the Immaculate

Conception High School for Girls. However, they forfeited the match with their absence. As a result, the team advanced to the 2nd round. However, the speakers had to present to the judges

and were subject to intense points of information (questions) geared at testing the soundness of the arguments we brought to the debate. However, the team never faltered and impressed the judges with their quick and strong responses and thus was notably commended for illustrating the “true Fortis spirit”.

The second round of the competition saw the team competing against Merle Grove High School for Girls the match was hard fought, ending with Kingston College being victorious. Team Captain Sean Roberts was also given the best speaker for the debate.

Thus the team moved on to the national level (round of sixteen) of the competition.

The third round of the competition saw the team meeting Campion College. The match was hosted at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort Hotel in Montego Bay, another of the many sponsors of the Burger King National Secondary Debate Competition. The team argued diligently against their opponents, sadly we lost this match by a mere 10 points ending our time in the competition for 2019.

We regret our early departure from the competition, however, we remain committed to achieving our motto, 'Our words our sword, our knowledge our shield.”

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