April 2010 Volume 7

Kiwanis Key Club Debate Champions 2010

Michael Bennett
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In 2009 the Kingston College Key Club debating team emerged victorious among the nine high school Key Clubs that entered the debating competition sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kingston. With very hard working and devoted members the confident KC team went about the matter of debating their points more tactfully and forcefully than their opponent Dunoon Technical High School and won the competition quite easily. This year a new KC team armed with courage and will power stepped into the breach to defend the title.

The moots for the 2010 renewal were disclosed in December 2009 just a mere two days before the Christmas holiday break and the KC team immediately started its preparations. The competition was originally slated to commence in January, just two weeks after the start of the school term but it had to be pushed back because of unpreparedness on the part of some schools.

KC’s first match was against Camperdown and the Purples won quite easily. Their next opponent should have been St. Andrew Technical, but they withdrew just hours before the start of the match, causing KC to perform without an opponent.

Their third match was against last year’s beaten finalist Dunoon Technical. Once more Dunoon came up short. KC then intensified its preparation in anticipation of the match-up against Gaynstead; unfortunately, Gaynstead developed a case of cold feet and failed to show at the last moment. In the other zone St. Georges’ College and St. Hugh’s emerged as the top two teams and joined KC and Dunoon in the semis.

For the semi-finals KC drew neighbours George’s in one match while Dunoon drew St. Hugh’s. Inexplicably, both St Hugh’s and St George’s failed to show for their matches leaving KC to meet Dunoon Technical for the second time in this year’s competition and for the third time in two years. The moot for the finals was, “People with dual citizenship should sit in the House of Representatives in Jamaica”.

The KC team spoke against the moot. KC’s first speaker was Oshane Hamilton who opened with a forceful challenge. He was followed by Yannick Johnson (known as ‘British’ because of his ‘Cockney’ accent) who showed improvement on his aggressive debating tactics which was a big surprise to everyone. Topping it all was the ‘Little one’, Jovonn Johnson (no relation to Yannick), who impressed the judges with his knowledge and logical analysis.

It took the judges over fifteen minutes to announce the winners, but the entire audience knew that KC had done more than enough to win the match. Thus no-one was surprised when KC was declared the winner for the second year in a row.

Oshane Hamilton, team Captain and KC’s Deputy Head Boy, was declared best speaker of the finals while KC’s advisor, Major Michael Bennett took home the Advisor’s trophy for producing the winning team. The reserves for KC were Davian Hurmal and Kevon Saunders. KC will be back next year hoping to successfully defend its title.

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