Twitter Debate Brings Success to our Junior Team

Published on 16 May 2011 by Mr Alan Patterson Categories: Senior School,  Extra-Curricular

Auld Hoose Scottish Junior Debating ShieldThe Junior debating squad has been busy this term.

Dan Roberts (S3) and David Wolffe (S4) represented Scotland in the International Debating Finals in Cambridge. After the first two debates, the boys were sitting fifth overall, but a defeat in the final debate left them outside the top eight that qualified for the semi-finals.

A week later, Stuart Conlin and Dan Roberts (both S3) won the prestigious Auld Hoose Scottish Junior Debating Competition held at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen. After three intense rounds of debate, the top four teams qualified for the final. Jack Dryden and Neha Zamvar (both S3) almost made it two Watson's teams in the final, finishing an excellent fifth overall.

In the final, Dan and Stuart took on two Heriot's teams and a pair from St Columba's. The boys were drawn in opposition to the motion, This House believes Twitter is bad for society. Their team line that Twitter was good for freedom of press and for democracy as a whole proved convincing for the judges, and both were commended for their engagement and their ability to reach out to a large audience.

This is the first time that Watson's has won a Junior competition and adds to the Senior competition trophies won last year.

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