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Winning Debates Home and Abroad
MOE-ACJC Intercollegiates 2013
On the 7th and 8th of June 2013, the ACJC Debate Team competed in the MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships. The premier local debate tournament for JC-level institutions, it was first organized by ACJC in 1995. After 9 years, the Championship title is once again proudly held by the College.
The College was represented by Kok Rabin (2AH), Annabel Tan (2AH), Tamasin Tan (2SC2), Samuel Wittberger (1AH) and Jessica Nagulendran (1AH). On the theme of Government and Society, the debaters tackled issues from public goods to election finance.
After narrowly losing to St. Andrew’s Junior College, the team beat St. Joseph’s Institution (International) and River Valley High School to qualify for the knockout rounds. The team then beat Hwa Chong Institution in the Quarter-Finals and Tampines Junior College in the Semi-Finals, before squaring off against Temasek Junior College in the Finals. After a hair-raising match, the College team defeated TJC to take home the Championship trophy. Samuel was also awarded the Best Speaker of the Grand Final. In addition, Samuel was awarded the 5th Overall Best Speaker, Rabin the 7th Best Speaker and Tamasin the 16th Best speaker.
We would like to thank our teachers, Mrs. Geetha Creffield, Mr. Kumuthan Martheya, Mr. Felix Poon, Mrs. Sylvia Kow and Mrs. Jai Singh. We also thank our coach, Mr. Samuel Myat San (2AH’2000). Without their guidance and support, this historic achievement would not have been possible. We are also indebted to the school administration for their faith in us.
We also extend our heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Education for jointly organizing this tournament. Finally, we wish to thank the generations of ACJC Debate Alumni for their faithfulness to the ACJC Debate tradition. To God Be The Glory, the Best Is Yet To Be!
Captain, ACJC Debates
ACSian debaters fly the flag in Bangkok, Thailand
On the 1st of August, the ACJC Debate and Oratorical Society team of 5 arrived in Bangkok, Thailand to fly the school flag high at the inaugural Asian World Schools' Debating Championships, a tournament which sought to spark creative discourse amongst debaters all the way from South Africa to South Korea. Comprised of Aloysius Chan (1AD2), Annette Yeo (1AD4), Jessica Nagulendran (1AH), Lai Shueh Chien (1AH) and Samuel Wittberger (1AH), the team journeyed into the Land of Smiles, accompanied by teacher-in-charge Mrs Geetha Creffield, as well as alumni and coach, Mr Samuel Myat San, to firmly stamp the ACJC name on the regional debating circuit that focused on the theme "Its our turn". The competition was hosted by the Anglo Singapore International School, a school with a rich and diverse debating culture in Thailand.
Following 7 rigorous preliminary rounds that explored the intricacies of various issues ranging from anonymity in art to a solution for the West Bank, the team emerged undefeated in its matches with schools from Thailand and the Philippines amongst others. The team headed into the octo-finals ranked 1st in the break, eventually proposing the motion This House Supports an independent state for the Rohingya against South Africa. With a 7-2 verdict, the AC flag flew high as the team brought home the Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy, with Samuel Wittberger as the best speaker of the final. Additionally, Annette Yeo was crowned the best speaker of the tournament, whilst Aloysius Chan and Samuel Wittberger ranked 2nd and 10th respectively.
The team is grateful to the school for this opportunity to experience a host of differing cultures, exposing us to the various debating paradigms and the way in which issues can be perceived and approached. In addition, we would like to thank Mrs Geetha Creffield and Mr Samuel Myat San for their unwavering and invaluable guidance and support throughout the course of this tournament, without which we would not have been able to achieve this success. Finally, we thank God for showering his blessings upon us in keeping us safe and seeing us through the course of the tournament, thus enabling us to achieve success in his name.
To God be the glory, The Best is Yet to Be!
Samuel Wittberger, JC1 Captain (1AH)