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Ethnic Relations Commission
66 Peter Rose & Anira Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel. +592-231-6479, 231-6473,
231-6281, 231-6265
Fax: +592-231-6246

March 9, 2007

President’s College defeats St. Stanislaus College in ERC’s First Debating Competition
-St. Joseph, Covent Garden Secondary qualify for next round

President’s College has proven why it is the nation’s top school. It defeated St. Stanislaus College in the first debate to launch the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Inter-Secondary Schools Debating Competition, Wednesday last, at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).
The two schools debated the moot, “The celebration of national festivals has the potential to unite the various ethnic groups in Guyana.” President’s College, the proposing team, was lead to victory by Amir Dillawar while Saraswatie Bharrat led St. Stanislaus College. However, it was the second speaker of the proposing team, Neilson McKenzie, who received the Judges’ as well as the audience’ approval as the best debater in the competition. His presentation was described by the Chief Judge, Mr Aggrey Azore, as an excellent presentation of oratory which should be emulated by anyone who is interested in becoming a debater.

Both teams were applauded for exhibiting high-quality debating techniques. The Chief Judge noted that it was refreshing to have been given the opportunity to observe a debate of such remarkable standards. The teams were commended for their extensive research of the topic and manner in which they related secondary data to topic. They were also highly praised their fine command of the English grammar and vocabulary.
The other member of President’s College team was a lone female, Deandrea Grenville while Michael Partab and Reza Manraj comprised the remainder of St. Stanislaus’ team.
Meanwhile, St. Joseph High School secured a walk over to the next round from Christ Church Secondary, which pulled out of the competition. Covent Garden has also secured its spot in the next round after defeating Bladen Hall Multilateral on Friday, last, at NCERD.
Covent Garden Secondary School, the opposition team, was represented by Jenella Blackman, Yeolana Callender, and Maria Phius, who was adjudged the best debater. Chrysanti Braithwaite, Myonette Pritchard, Kenola Francis comprised Bladen Hall Multilateral School’s team. 

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