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Warwick’s debaters shine at Spring Debates

Point, counterpoint: Warwick Academy debate team coach Stephanie Sinclair is shown with debaters Noah daSilva, An Mei Daniels, McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett and Daniel Maske

Five local and one overseas schools competed in the Bermuda Spring Debate and Public Speaking Competition this past weekend.

This is the sixth time that Bermuda has hosted this event and it is held over three days.

Warwick Academy took a strong team with the public speaking team being made up of McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett, Noah daSilva and An Mei Daniels and the debate team was Noah daSilva, An Mei Daniels and Daniel Maske.

In the competition’s public speaking module, there were several different categories offered: Radio Newscast, Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu, Interpretive Reading and Dramatic Interpretation.

In addition, there was the debate with the Motion for the High School of: “This house would privatise public services.”

The Motion for the Impromptu round of the high school debate was: “This house would limit media reporting of mass shootings.”

It was a great opportunity for the students from Warwick to spend the time with students from, Bermuda High School, Saltus Grammar School, Somersfield Academy, Berkeley Institute and Gray Academy from Winnipeg, Manitoba who competed in the middle school division.

Massive congratulations to Noah daSilva who won first place in interpretative reading and overall first place debater.

Not to be outdone, McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett won first place in the impromptu speaking and second place overall in public speaking.

This was excellent practice for McKenzie as she prepares to go off to the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Toronto next month.

The whole team placed second overall in the public speaking and huge congratulations to them all.