The Elizabethan Academy’s Year 9 Debating Team have returned victorious from the regional heats of the national “Up For Debate” competition.
The team, consisting of Christopher Wass, Daisie Ellis and Connor Bell, along with members of the debating club, had to prepare two topics for the heats, which were held at Manchester Grammar School last Thursday: whether music and videos with discriminatory lyrics should be banned and whether international adoption should be illegal.
The Manchester regional heat attracted 17 other schools from the north of the country, each with their own elite team of debaters.
The third round was particularly challenging as teams were given just 20 minutes to prepare for a debate on the ethics of child beauty pageants. This type of impromptu debate truly tests processing, eloquence and organisational skills, but the trio remained calm and put in an exceptional performance.
The results of the previous three rounds were collated and The Elizabethan Academy team was announced as one of the two finalists. They had just 20 minutes to prepare for the final debate, whether MPs should earn the national average salary.
After a tense wait, the team from the Elizabethan Academy were announced as Regional Heat Winners and were awarded the trophy. Awards were also presented to the top five individual speakers on the day. With 54 students taking part in total, competition was tough… but the trio from the Elizabethan each gained one of the top five spots.
The team must now prepare for master classes in London, followed by the national Final against the other three regional winners, which is to be held at Harrow School in early July.