International Competition for Young Debaters

The Urmston Grammar Urmston Grammar debating duo of Harriet Short and Ange Boli got through regional rounds to make it to the final of ICYD competition on the 27th of April.The International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) is an annual debating competition in the British Parliamentary format in which young debaters compete on an international stage with other students.

Finals Day took place in the prestigious Cambridge Union. Built in 1815, the Cambridge Union is the oldest speaking Union in the world, and has a rich history of controversial debates and influential speakers. Speakers who have addressed the Union in the past include: the Dalai Lama, President Ronald Reagan, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, as well as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Harriet Short and Ange Boli achieved a number of second and third places against debaters from the best private and public schools in the UK and beyond; debating such topics as whether reparations should be paid for slavery, terrorism, and the recent climate change protests taking students out of lessons. Unfortunately, Ange and Harriet didn’t accumulate enough points to make it to the Grand Final, but they had an amazing experience, got to know a few of the impressive Colleges in Cambridge, and met other students from across the world, all sharing a love of competitive debating.

Report by P. Ahern

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