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Kicking off the Debate Season

The past few months have been busy ones for the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Debate and Oratorical Society with our members actively involved in a variety of competitions. Across the board, both our J1 and J2 members have fought hard and done their best in all the different competitions they have been involved in and have brought glory to the College on a variety of platforms.
Johan Ding (1AH) placed 2nd in the Tampines Junior College Inter JC/CI Oratorical Competition. This year’s edition of the annual competition was centred on the theme of leadership. 14 schools participated including Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution, Victoria Junior College and River Valley High School amongst others.  Each contestant was required to give a speech on any aspect of leadership they thought relevant. Johan chose to speak about the importance of people and interpersonal dynamics. He put up an excellent fight against the other talented competitors and gave a speech that left a deep impression on the judges.
Michael Ang (1AD1) took part in the Dunman High School Public Speaking Competition and emerged as the overall champion. He competed against talented speakers from Raffles Institution, Victoria Junior College, National Junior College and River Valley High School amongst others. The competition required participants to give a 4 minute prepared speech on the topic ‘To be the jack of all trades or the master of one’. Subsequently, 6 finalists were chosen and they were each given 30 seconds to prepare a 3 minute impromptu speech on a given topic. Michael was given the topic ‘The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.’ Drawing inspiration from his project work topic, Michael masterfully weaved a speech that imparted a pertinent message – that one needs to look at problems from different perspectives in order to achieve breakthroughs.
On the debating front, ACJC A consisting of Christina Thomas (2AH), Dylan Raj Singh (2AD1) and Abigail Fernandez (2AH) placed 2nd in the Oldham Cup, an annual competition hosted by the College itself. An international competition, this year’s edition saw participants from countries such as Hong Kong and China competing alongside participants from various local junior colleges and secondary schools and also the Singapore National Team. Teams had to compete in 8 rounds across 3 days and were faced with a myriad of different motions with some centred on topics that are especially relevant in the Singaporean context such as academic streaming and some focused on other topics such as fundamentalism and atheism. The team fought hard throughout the competition and did their very best. In addition to placing 2nd, all 3 speakers in the team also ranked amongst the top 10 speakers of the tournament with Abigail being ranked the 9th best speaker, Dylan being ranked the 3rd best speaker and Christina emerging as the overall best speaker of the tournament.
All the competitors would like to thank our teachers, Mrs. Geetha Creffield, Mr. Kumuthan Martheya, Mr. Felix Poon, Ms. Jazlyn Chua and Mrs. Jai Singh and our coach Mr. Samuel Myat San (2AH’2000)  for all their help, guidance and support. The achievements at all the various competitions would certainly not have been possible without them. We would also like to thank the school administration for their unwavering faith in us and their constant encouragement and support. Most importantly, we would like to thank God for looking over us and blessing us throughout our various competitions.
To God be the Glory, The Best is Yet to Be!