JIS News

Charlemont High School emerged victorious in the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Heritage Debate competition, held recently at the Linstead Methodist Church Hall in St. Catherine.
The winning team of Stacy-Ann Brooks, Sherika Jackson and Dilton Bartley defeated McGrath High School. Charlemont High opposed the moot, ‘Be it resolved that the Nanny-led Maroon struggle was of great significance to the freedom of slaves’.
The school won a trophy, while each member of the team received replicas and book vouchers donated by the JPS. A trophy was also presented to Stacy-Ann for being the best debater. A cash prize was given to the teacher/coach who assisted the students in preparing for the debate.
Members of the McGrath High team received savings accounts from the St. Catherine Co-operative Credit Union Limited, while the teachers/coaches from each school received gift baskets from Soft Sheen Carson Inc.
In an interview with JIS News, Stacy-Ann said she was happy that her team had won.
“I am very happy for the team because we had put in a lot of hard work and I think our hard work has finally paid off,” she said. She attributed the success of the students to the hard work of their teachers, reading and researching on the Internet and analyzing the moot.
“I would advise debaters to pay close attention to their research. It is imperative that you read a lot, that you do a lot of broad research, because it is the key part in presenting your argument,” she added. Community Relations Officer at the JPS, Jasmin Wright, expressed satisfaction with the organization of the debates in the regions, and pointed out that the company was willing to continue to support the competition.
“We will continue our support of all educational efforts that are placed before us and are considered to be worthwhile for the youths of this country,” she said.
This is the third year that the JPS has supported the debates by contributing prizes for the winning school in each of the six regions.
In addition to the JPS, private individuals, business owners and government agencies in the regions have supported the competition.

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