BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 27 2017 – The Nevis Debating Team has won a decisive victory in the 2017 edition of the Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC).
The competition, now in its 45th year, was held at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre from Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26.
The full Nevis team consisted of Gabriella Brantley, Rol-J Williams, K-Jel Smithen, Jaheel Linton, Mckebou Tross, Rickila Hanley and teacher, Ms. M. Jahnel Nisbett.
Asked to propose the moot: “The atrocity of our age is the billions of dollars spent on sports,” Brantley and Williams defeated their rivals from neighboring Antigua with a final score of 578 to 489 to win the competition.
Brantley was judged the Best Speaker in Sunday night’s final while 16-year old Smithen took home the award for the Best Overall Speaker.
Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has extended his congratulations to the team.
Seven islands participated in this year’s competition. They were St. Kitts, Montserrat, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and host island Nevis.
The 45th Leeward Islands Debating Competition was hosted by the Literary and Debating Society of the Nevis Sixth Form College.
The LIDC, founded in 1972 by George Irish of Montserrat, began with three participating islands; Montserrat, St. Kitts and Antigua. It has since evolved into an annual event.
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