Bermuda Debate Team To Head To Singapore

July 22, 2015

Some of the world’s best young debaters from over 50 countries will descend upon Singapore next week to participate in the World School Debate Championship 2015, with Bermuda to be among the nations represented.

The Minister of Education Wayne Scott congratulated Bermuda’s best and brightest debaters, comprising of Lucien Anderson – a recent graduate of the Berkeley Institute, Megan Sutcliffe – a BHS student, Kimika Jackson – dual enrolled student at the Berkeley Institute and the Bermuda College and Namrata Bisht – a BHS student, have put in the effort to prepare adequately for this event.

Left to right: Mrs. Marisa Sharpe- President, Bermuda Debate Society, Lucien Anderson –Debater, Minister Scott, Megan Sutcliffe – Debater, and Mr. Gladstone Thompson-Team Coach.

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The team leaves Bermuda on Sunday, July 26, 2015, under the capable leadership of Mr. Gladstone Thompson, nation debate coach 2015 and Mrs. Arlene Swan, team manager and adjudicator.

The team will debate eight rounds with four of them being prepared and four being impromptu.

The four prepared topics are as follows: The house would ban zero hour contracts, This house would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders, This house supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education and This house believes that cities with significant immigrant population should actively break up ethnic enclaves.

Left to right: Lucien Anderson –Debater, Minister Scott, Megan Sutcliffe – Debater

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“Team Bermuda has a very fair draw and has the potential to do well. They face New Zealand, Philippines, Germany, Israel, Sweden, U.A.E. Palestine, and Bahrain in that order. The team is cautiously optimistic about their chances as the variables for determining debate outcomes are extremely complex,” a spokesperson said.

“Team Bermuda, would like to acknowledge, the Ministry of Education, the Bermuda Debate Society led by Ms. Marisa Sharpe and our sponsors for their on-going support.”

The draw for the World Schools Debating Championships preliminary rounds is below [PDF here]:

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  1. Congratulations and good luck!

  2. Mike says:

    Looking at the countries that will be competing, I am seriously impressed that this small Island is in this competition.

    Wish you well guys. Make us proud.

  3. Mauleen says:

    Congratulation to the bermuda team. I hope they do well. Special Congratulations to mr Anderson on making the team.proud of you son

  4. ohno says:

    looks like a mass debate will be occurring in Singapore!!!!