Debating success for college team

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COLLEGE students are celebrating after winning a debating final beating off competition from other students.

A team from Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, travelled to York for the final of the NORVIC colleges debate.

They beat off competition from other colleges around the region to lift the trophy.

Students that took part included Emily Allen, Jed Hutchinson, Charley Massen, Matthew Calvert, Syed Miah known as Shay, Indiana Lamplough, Robyn Reid and Georgia Turnbull.

The topic area for the final debate was Law and Morality.

Mo Bunter, director of faculty at the College, said: “Huge congratulations go to our debating team who have won the NORVIC debating competition final held in York.

“Everyone at the College is very proud.

“The level of competition was certainly intense but the debaters were ready.”

A team from Hartlepool Sixth Form College had travelled to Stockton Sixth Form College earlier in the year to take part in the second heat of the NORVIC colleges debating competition.

The chosen theme for the second heat was the environment and college teachers say the aim was to win or take second place because at stake was the right to compete with five other teams in the NORVIC final in York on March 28.

But the team went one better, beating teams from Stockton Sixth Form College and Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College.

That team was made up of Emily Allen, Jed Hutchinson, Charley Massen, Syed Miah, Matthew Calvert, Robyn Reid and Georgia Turnbull, and staff say they worked hard preparing for the debates and polishing their opening speeches and summaries.

For the second round, Mrs Bunter added: “Once the debates were done, it was announced we had edged it and won. The judges praised everyone and gave special mention to Jed Hutchinson but the whole team had stepped up to the mark.”