From November 11th to November 15th, the IICS High School Debate team, determined to do their best, boarded a plane to Warsaw to compete in the CEESA Speech & Debate tournament. The results were outstanding. Among 86 individual competitors and 25 debating and duet pairs at the event, IICS was able to place in the finals for all five categories: original oratory, oral interpretation, impromptu, dramatic duet and debate.

Iskander H. and I advanced to the finals for oral interpretation, with me placing first and Iskander placing second (out of 32 competitors).
In dramatic duet Christine J. and Jaeheon K. showed a great performance placing first overall (out of 11 competing pairs).
Iskander H. placed second in impromtu reminding us that the young should enjoy their lives as they are made out of “flesh and blood” (out of 27 competitors).
In debate, Roberto V. and I placed second, debating the topic of “National governments do have the responsibility to protect and provide support for asylum seekers” (out of  14 debate pairs).
Dowon K. and Christine J. showed great performances in the original oratory finals as well (out of 27 competitors).
Shweta, Ling Ling, Serena and Iman put in strong performances but just missed progressing to the finals this year.

Not only did IICS win one third of the medals at this tournament, fond memories were also made. Ranging from making new friends from other schools, to “the nice kind of awkward”, to a “sly” debate, to “euroz, dollaz, yeniz”, Speech and Debate was packed with great memories we will never forget. Special thanks to our coaches Dr. Percival and Ms. Hermes for all their support.

–Halim K., Grade 10 Student