Rotary Central recently hosted the 22nd annual Fred Speirs Memorial Inter-School Debates, on Thursday, 25 April. This year’s finalists were school debate teams from Cayman Prep and Cayman Academy, with Cayman Prep crowned as the eventual winners.
On the Cayman Prep team were students Alexandra Williams, Christopher Fletcher and Charlotte Hinds. Cayman Academy team members were Chamelle Williams, Rashida Smith and Joleyn Scott.
The event, which is jointly organised by Rotary Central and Rotary Sunrise, and sponsored by British Caymanian, was held in Court 2 of the Cayman Islands Law Courts in front of Rotarians, parents, teachers and students. The mooted topic was “Education is too Important for Politics”.
Neville Smith, past president of Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, acted as moderator, alongside judges Nova Hall, Mitchell Davies, director of the Truman Bodden Law School, and Lucy Macfadyen from British Caymanian. Judging criteria included depth of thought, proof of research, fluency and tone, confidence, persuasion and enthusiasm.
“Both sides made passionate presentations and the packed audience was well entertained by the speakers on the use of their information gathered and presentation skills,” Ravi Kapoor, Rotary Central president said. “I am pleased with the quality of the students’ presentation skill. We definitely have future leaders of Cayman here.”
The Inter-School Debate championship is named after the late Fred Speirs, a past president of Rotary Central, who was responsible for establishing and organising the debate competition, which is open to all high school students in Cayman.