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Bratislava Schools Debating Competition
From the 24th to 31st March 2015, the ACJC Debate and Oratorical Society took part in the prestigious Bratislava Schools Debating Competition, an international tournament where a total of 46 teams from 16 different nations came together to compete in a battle of wits and words for the coveted champion trophy.
This year, Captain Andrew Ng (2AA3), Le Thi An Lanh (2AD3), Udbhav Jatia (2SA6), Esther Cha (1AA2) and Dylan Raj Singh (1AD1) represented the college in the tournament. They were accompanied by their teachers, Mrs Geetha Creffield, who also adjudicated at the event, and Mr Kumuthan Martheya. The team was coached by alumni Thng Yiren (Class of 2009) and Samuel Myat San (Class of 2000).
There, we faced teams from Argentina, Turkey, Estonia, and South Africa, debating on a range of motions such as whether Europe should abandon austerity measures and whether liberal governments should actively promote atheism. On a winning streak of 6 wins for all 6 preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the next stage of the competition, beating Estonia at the quarter-finals and Slovakia at the semi-finals to make it to the grand finals against Romania.
After an intense final round, the team eventually bowed out to team SAVA A of Romania with a spilt decision. While the team may not have won the grand finals, they did extremely well in the individual speaker rankings, with Dylan coming in top 8th best speaker, Esther 3rd and with Udbhav emerging as the overall best speaker for the entire competition. This is the fifth straight year that ACJC has walked away with the top speaker prize.
We would like to thank our Principal Ms. Chong and the school management for the opportunity to represent the college in the tournament as well as their unwavering support towards the Debate and Oratorical Society. We would also like to thank our teachers-in-charge and our coaches for their unfaltering encouragement and advice, which helped to spur us on during the competition. Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank God for His grace throughout the competition. To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be!
Andrew Ng( 2AA3)
Captain, ACJC Debate and Oratorical Society