After only 6 days of preparation, the debating team set off to compete in the SEZ Debating competition.

This competition included six schools from the area, namely Bucklands Beach Intermediate, Howick Intermediate, Mission Heights Junior College, Sancta Maria, Farm Cove Intermediate and Somerville Intermediate.

 

Our Somerville team consisted of Hillary Zhong, Jessica Dixon, Amber Vodanovich, Leila Alsabak, Liliana Mountfort, Rahil Patel and Yashneel Kumar.

 

There were three rounds of debate before the top two schools would go through to the final. Somerville competed in the last round before the final against Bucklands Beach Intermediate. Our moot was " Teachers should be paid based on their performance". We were the affirmative team and our speakers spoke with confidence and conviction, winning the debate, with Hillary receiving the best speaker award and Jessica the second best speaker award.

 

After much deliberation from the judges, Somerville and Farm Cove were deemed the top two schools. Hillary had to go forward to choose the new moot out of a hat. The final moot was "Social media and the internet has a positive effect on teenagers". We were the affirmative side once more. We knew this debate was going to be very challenging to win, however, our team were focused and worked diligently to utilise their 30 minutes preparation time wisely.

 

The final began and both teams spoke eloquently, it was going to be very close! Again the judges took a long time deliberating before announcing the winning team and best speakers. Once again Somerville were awarded two best speaker awards. Amber received the second best speaker award and Hillary received third best speaker award. Farm Cove were awarded the win and Somerville a very close, well deserved second place.

It was a great experience and we had tremendous fun!