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Friday (November 11) was a day of victory for the York Castle High School debating team which won the final play off of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Heritage Debate Competition.
The competition, which was held at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann, saw a total of four schools arguing the moot, ‘Be it resolved that Sir Alexander Bustamante’s greatest contribution was that of a Trade Unionist’.
The schools involved in the competition were, Marcus Garvey Technical High, Brown’s Town High, York Castle High and Ferncourt High.
Two debates were held simultaneously, with proponents, York Castle High battling Ferncourt High, while Marcus Garvey Technical High went up against Brown’s Town High.
The winners from the first play off, York Castle High and Marcus Garvey Technical High, battled for the position of champions in the second and final play off, with both teams challenged to argue new points based on the fact that each was asked to prepare to argue both sides of the moot.
“My team was well prepared for this competition. In the first round against Ferncourt High School I had no doubts that we would have won and I know that my team was confident that they were going to move on to the second round,” coach of the York Castle debating team, Delroy Williams, told JIS News.
He pointed out that the school won the competition in 2002 and that they wanted to win again this year.
“Our participation in the JIS/JPS competition paid off and I am so happy that we got the trophy. I am very proud of my students because they did a good job. I am looking forward to continue working in this competition and we will be back next year to take home the trophy again,” he said.
Meanwhile, member of the York Castle Team and Best Speaker in the competition, Jason Lofters said that he was not sure what the outcome of the final match against Marcus Garvey Technical High School would be.
“It was easy for us in the first match against Ferncourt High but not so easy in the second match against Marcus Garvey High because we had to do a lot of on the spot thinking.my teammates and I were however confident in our delivery and that’s how we knew that we would have come through and we are very elated,” he said.
Operations Manager at the Seville Heritage Park, Joan Seagears, was Chief Judge for the debate.
She commended the participants on the way they did their research, adding that the debate, being done on a yearly basis, was a way to allow students to learn about the life works of national heroes as well as to enhance the teaching of history in schools.
She congratulated the winners of the JIS/JPS Heritage Debate competition and urged them to continue to work hard in order to become high achiever.
Other sponsors of the event included Juici Patties, Great House Pharmacy, Top Taste Restaurant, Casey’s Grocery Store, Elkanah’s Supersave, S’n’R Mini-Mart, Brown’s Grocery Store, Spicy Nice, Tropical Oven, Simmonds Enterprise, Rotary Club of Ocho Rios and Everybody’s Bookshop.