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USC Defeats UWI in Debate Competition

Terencia Joseph, PhD., Associate Professor, School of Education and Humanities

Maracas, St. Joseph: The University of the Southern Caribbean’s (USC) Debate Team defeated the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (UWI) in a one-round debate competition on Tuesday March 21 at the UWI campus. The debate, hosted as part of History Fest 2017, was organized by the History Department of The UWI. The moot for consideration was “Be it resolved that the study of History is worth the while.” The USC Team argued the negative position. 

Each speaker was afforded five minutes during which he/she was expected to deliver one main point and refute their opponents’ arguments with the exception of the first and final speakers who had the additional tasks of introducing the interpretation of the moot and outlining the arguments, and providing a summation of the team’s presentation respectively.

The all-male USC team which comprised of students from the Schools of Social Sciences, Education and Humanities and Theology made good representation of the University. The members were Hesroy-Golden Philbert, McCarson Bledman, David Dennis, Dominique Knights and Danny Butcher.

The UWI team, made up of five students from the Faculty of Humanities and Education began their presentation very strong. However, it was clear from the onset that the USC men dominated the debate. As the judges noted, Team USC was far superior in its use of clear and persuasive language techniques, logical presentation of arguments and the ability to refute their opponent’s position.

In the end, it was a landslide defeat with USC posting a whopping 200 points against The UWI’s 140 points. Team USC walked away with the first prize of $2000 and members were awarded plaques, History texts and certificates of participation.

The success of the team was a result of their dedication, the efforts and talents of their coaches from the USC School of Education and Humanities, Ms. Shelly Lyons, Dr. Terencia Joseph and Mr Hayden McKenna and the wisdom of the almighty God.

 

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