All the adjudicators agreed that the audiences were the most appreciative and involved we have had in years. In addition, there was a definite improvement in the overall quality and content of the discussions held at this year’s competition, especially by the top two Senior teams.
Cambridge’s Junior Team (Talitha Kumi Scott; Clea De Klerk; Katherine Hendricks; Emma Irwin and Sarah Irwin) ensured that the topic: LIKE IT OR NOT, WINNING IS EVERYTHING, was discussed from a wide range of angles. The adjudicators were unanimous in their decision.
The Junior results were as follows;
- Cambridge: 74
- Innes: 58
- Marchand: 56
- Bleby: 45
- Michiel Vos: 41.
The Junior Speaker Awards [Adjudicators: Mrs D. Campbell (Chief), Ms J, Campbell, Ms P. Colly, Ms T. Scharneck] were as follows:
- First Best Speaker: Sarah Irwin (Cambridge)
- Second Best Speaker: Ghanaan Wicomb (Innes).
- Third Best Speaker: Zeenat Ahmed-Mohamed (Innes)
It was so tight at the top in the senior section of the competition with a mere nine points separating first and second place. Innes’ speakers: Elizabeth Stevenson; Aviella Abrahams; Fozia Hendricks; Zahra Mohamed and Alida van der Merwe, were excellent in their delivery on the topic: HUMAN RIGHTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. However, it was the Michiel Vos team (Darian Cloete; Adwoa Danso; Talitha Wyne and Saige King), excellently chaired by Kristina Semmelink, whose more in-depth and fuller treatment of the topic: IN THESE TIMES MORE HARM IS DONE WITH WORDS THAN WEAPONS, that influenced the adjudicators’ final decision.
The Senior results were as follows:
- Michiel Vos: 253
- Innes: 244
- Bleby: 221
- Marchand: 210
- Cambridge: 209
The senior adjudicators [Mrs L. Mallon (Chief), Mrs J. Chambers, Ms R. Fourie and Mrs G. Wallace)] made the following awards:
Best Chairperson: Kristina Semmelink (Michiel Vos)
First Best Speaker: Darian Cloete (Michiel Vos)
Second Best Speaker: Elizabeth Stevenson (Innes).
Third Best speaker: Michelle Mouton
Mr C. van Dyk