Two teams from Cayman Brac High School battled it out at the 18th annual Inter-Schools Debate final at the Conference Suite of the Brac Reef Hotel on Saturday, 8 March.
The moot “Nationalism is a force for evil” was keenly contested with Cayman Brac High School “A” winning as the opposing team.
This is the third year in a row the team, comprising Geoffrey Grizzel, Staci Scott and Nickolas DaCosta, has won the competition for the Brac High School. The competition started last October with eight teams representing five schools.
Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale, chief debate judge, reporting on behalf of her fellow judges, Nicky Watson and Brac Rotary President John Elliott, commended both teams on their presentational skills, particularly their avoiding the temptation to read their speeches.
The evening started with a thought-provoking talk by Rotary Sunrise President Rosalie Jamieson on “World Peace and Understanding”, one of Rotary International’s goals.
Rotary Central President Sandy McFarlane gave the vote of thanks.
Debate Chairman Rotary Central Past-President Fred Speirs observed that the debate was the best he had ever presided over and that the Rotary Inter-Schools Debating Competition remained the premier high school debating forum in the Cayman Islands.
Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Grand Cayman Central and Grand Cayman Sunrise, the competition is sponsored by British Caymanian Insurance.