Dynamic Debating Duo

Beth and Jess Molyneux take second place nationwide in the ESU Mace Debating Competition.

Having made it through three rounds of this prestigious debating competition, and being declared North West Champions at the start of the month, Year 13 Students Beth and Jess Molyneux went on to represent Urmston Grammar in the final of the English-Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace in Dartmouth House on Wednesday the 21st of March.
The English-Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace is the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England. Working in teams of two, students enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school.
Having come up against five other regional champions in the semi-final, Beth and Jess had to speak on Pensions – they had to argue pensions should be a thing of the past. They impressed the judges with the sharp analysis in their convincing speeches and engaged very well with those arguing against them, managing to have more of their points stand, and taking down the points of the opposing school.

In thought and action

In the final, Beth and Jess came up against a team from one of the most prestigious schools in the country – Wellington College. They had to debate whether the justice system should seek retribution when dealing with criminals: should we punish criminals or only seek to reform them? It was a fascinating debate, in which Beth and Jess put forward a strong case; however, Wellington College came out on top in the end.

Overall, it was an amazing achievement for Beth and Jess Molyneux from Urmston Grammar, coming second in the whole country! Their hard work and commitment over several years of debating, as well as their exceptional talent, was recognised on this national stage.

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