• JIS News

    Charlemont High School has won the second play off of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/Jamaica Public Service (JPS) sponsored 2005 Heritage Debate Competition.
    The winning team comprising, Stacy-Ann Brooks, Sherika Jackson and Dilton Bartley, led by the first speaker Stacy-Ann defeated Ewarton High School at the play off held on Friday (November 18) at Charlemont High in St. Catherine. Charlemont opposed the moot, ‘Be it resolved that the Nanny led Maroon struggle was of great significance to the freedom of slaves,’ while Ewarton was the proposing team.
    The winner from the first play off, McGrath High, will now debate Charlemont for the position of champion when they participate in the final play off on Wednesday, November 23, at the Linstead Methodist Church Hall, St. Catherine, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
    In an interview with JIS News, Stacy-Ann said the preparation for the debate had helped to broaden the team’s knowledge about National Heroine Nanny and the Maroons, and had taught the students to work together.”The preparation was fun. We put a lot of work into it and we learnt a lot from the research, and we are really happy about the outcome,” she said.
    Best Speaker in the competition and second speaker for the Charlemont team, Dilton Bartley commended his teachers, Tara Collins and Toneisha Grant for assisting them in preparing for the debate.
    “They didn’t help us to write the speeches, but they sat down with us and made us perfect them, so to speak,” he added.
    Principal of Charlemont High, Ralph Williams was also happy that his school had won.
    “I think it went well. Ewarton gave us a good challenge. Our motto is ‘striving for excellence’ and we always strive for that. Today we won and our philosophy is to expose our students in all areas of academic life, cultural and otherwise, so this is one area that we emphasise,” he said.
    Mr. Williams attributed the success of the students to the “hard work” of their teachers/coaches and the training sessions held for students, who, he said, participate in debating competitions done on a yearly basis.
    The JIS Heritage Debate Competition was established in 1998. However, in 2004 a competition was not held due to the passage of Hurricane Ivan.