EDUCATION

UWI Team Tops International Debate Competition

A two-member team from The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus — second-year law student Kymari Young, and second-year economics and statistics student Sebastian Lawrence —has walked away with the top prize in the recently completed novice final of the Huber Debate Invitationals.

The annual tournament, which was hosted virtually by the United States-based University of Vermont in honor of its debate coach for 45 years, Robert “Doc” Huber, featured competition in the British Parliamentary debate format with five preliminary rounds, an open break to semi-final elimination rounds and a novice breakout which lasted from November 6-8.

Young, who has been a part of The UWI Debating and Public Speaking Society (DPSS) for more than a year, always had high hopes of his arguments being recognized on an international stage.

“This debate marked my first experience of the concept of the equity violation and equity concerns [which] permeated the tournament. Getting familiar with the language and possible uses of equity was interesting and an invaluable experience for me.

“The tournament was also the biggest and most international debate I have taken part in and I was pleased to recognize that my patterns of argumentation were in line with my international peers from a quality perspective,” Young told the Jamaica Observer.                                

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