|Trio from New Age Academy bags top debate honors|
|Thursday, 02 December 2010 10:13|
New Age Academy and Language Centre’s Debate Team won the Inter High School AIDS Debate on Thursday, Nov. 18, with an impressive performance debating the important topic of HIV/AIDS.
The event, which ran under the National AIDS Program of the Turks and Caicos AIDS Awareness Foundation (TCAAF), saw private and government schools go neck-and-neck in heated debate, but in the end, the trio of Christanae Lewis, Kevantai Harvey and Kamilla Soares was crowned Best Debating Team, with Soares also being named Best Debater.
The debate topic was a serious one: The lack of universal access and recognition of human rights are the main causes of the spread of HIV in the Turks and Caicos.
“We did a lot of research — individually and as a group,” Soares said.
“The key is to really understand our position and understand a lot of things about the topic to be able to store much data for use in defending our statements,” Lewis said.
Meanwhile, all three were unanimous in saying that the competition has broadened their thinking about HIV/AIDS and made them more aware of the disease and the social stigma that accompanies it.
“We already knew about HIV, but it was not until we delved into a thorough research and study of the matter that we discovered a lot of things we never knew were happening,” Harvey said.
Among things learned by the girls were the present statistics of HIV cases in the country, teenage pregnancy rate, myths about acquiring the AIDS virus, among many others. They were happy to note also that compared to the neighboring countries, the TCI still has a low percentage of AIDS infection.
“We are thankful to Ms. Clare for her guidance and support,” the trio said. School Principal Claudette Clare was the coach of the New Age Debate Team.
This is the second year in a row that Clare’s students will be the TCI delegates. Last year’s team won third place at the 13th Model United Nations Sessions (MUNS) Inter-School Debate Contest held in Nassau.
Wesley Methodist School was awarded the second place trophy, while Raymond Gardiner High School of North Caicos took home the third place title.
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