The National High School Debating Tournament
took place in Helsinki on 12th and 13th December.
On Thursday 12th at Ressun Lukio on Kalevankatu 8 there were 3 rounds, one being an impromptu round. This was a great and lively day for everyone, taking place between noon and nine o'clock in the evening.
On the morning of Friday 13th, between 9.30am and 2.00pm, we were welcomed to the British Emassy by the Ambassador, Matthew Lodge, following which the semifinals took place.. The four teams through to these semifinals were:-
Teacher Marjut Sadeharju
Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio
Teacher Kristiina Leskinen
Helsingin suomalainen yhteiskoulu
Teacher Agnieszka Janus-Hiekkaranta
The English School Helsinki
Teacher Lissy Clement
This took place between the teams from Helsinki's The English School and Tampere's yhteiskoulun lukio. The winner was The English School. They win €1500 for the team to take part in the European tournament. An article on the tournament will appear shortly on the Debating Club blog.
We must give big thanks to Ressun lukio school for hosting the first day and to the British Embassy for hosting the second day. Also we thank the Debating Coordinator, Aira Ranta and all those other University Debaters who gave time and commitment to running workshops around the country and judging in the tournament.