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Cardiff University Schools’ Debate Competition

Posted: 15th March 2017

Earlier this month, six teams from Cardiff Sixth Form College competed at the Cardiff University Schools’ Debate competition.

Organised and judged by members of Cardiff University Debating Society, the competition drew entries from as far afield as Aberystwyth and Worcester.

The six teams from CSFC included Elliott Macneil, Ines Chu, Isabel Jones, Tabitha Balogan, Quinn Liang, Sasha Korogodski, Ashvin Arulnathan, Tri Tu, Mark Sriskulpinyo, Sid Asnani, Sito Etiebet and Medua Nwokolo.

The day saw the teams tackle challenging motions such as:  “This House believes that teachers should not be allowed to wear religious symbols in school” and “This House would require all citizens to pass a current affairs test in order to be given the right to vote.”

Elliott and Isabel took the lead after the first three debates, but lost out in the finals to RGS Worcester. 

Well done to Elliott, who ranked as the second best speaker in the open competition, and Isabel, who ranked 3rd in the open and 1st in the novice section.

Speaking about her experience on the day, Sasha Korogodski said, “I’ve learnt that structure is very important.”

Meanwhile, Sito Etiebet remarked, “It’s amazing just how much you can learn, even from just one round.”

Picture opposite shows students Sid Asnani, Ashvin Arulnathan, Tri Tu, Mark Sriskulpinyo, Sasha Korogodski and Ines Chu (L-R) at the Cardiff University Schools’ Debate competition.

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