Monday, October 27, 2014

Third Title for Royal College

The Lilian Nixon Challenge Shield, organized annually by the Debating Society of Ladies' College, was held on 25th and 26th October 2014. This year's competition saw the participation of 37 teams, among whose number were newer participants Trinity College, Kandy, and St. John's College, Jaffna. After four preliminary rounds of debate, the following teams broke through to the quarter finals:

1) Royal College (A)
2) S. Thomas' College (A)
3) Stafford International School
4) Visakha Vidyalaya
5) Gateway College (B)
6) Royal College (B)
7) Ananda College (A)
8) Ananda College (B)

The two top-seeded teams met in the Grand Final; S. Thomas' College (A) defeating Ananda College (A) in the quarters and Royal College (B) in the semis, and Royal College (A) defeating Ananda College (B) and Visakha Vidyalaya. The members of the two teams were as follows:

S. Thomas' College (A)

Sandesh Rajanathan
Devin Hewage
Sharuka Wikramanayake

Royal College (A)

Shechem Sumanthiran
Senith Abeyanayake
Sidath Samarasinghe

The motion for the Grand Final was 'This house would not convict beat-up wives for any crimes committed against their husbands, including murder', which S. Thomas' College proposed. Although the debate was very close, and of a standard befitting a final, the seven-member panel of adjudicators were unanimous in their conclusion that the motion fell, giving Royal College yet another tournament win, their third this month.

The award for 'Most Outstanding Speaker' went to Minul Muhandiramge of Ananda College (B).

The final of the Novice Category - which was for teams that had never before taken part in this competition - took place between Royal College (C) and Lyceum International School, Wattala, with Royal College emerging victors.

Our congratulations to all the victors, and especially to the members of the Debating Society of Ladies' College, for yet another efficiently-run championship.

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