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2018 Stockholm Schools Debating Championships in Lund

By Lydia Barsawme

The IEGS Debate Society participated in the 2018 Stockholm Schools Debating Championships in Lund on November 17th, 18th, and 19th. After taking Best Novice Team two years in a row in 2016 and 2017, they set their sights on further improving their skills and performance. The school sent one very hardworking team of five students: Andreas Backman, captain, Daniela Tupan, co-captain, Akshat Deshpande, Dylan Bradford, and a brand new competitor this year, Didrik Bratt. 

Over the course of the weekend, the students had an undefeated winning streak of six for six when they headed into the final day of competition. They won the quarter finals and semi-finals, extending their streak to eight for eight. In the final competition, they went up against an excellent team from KDS. In a split decision of 5-3, the win went to KDS, securing IEGS a second place spot at the tournament. 

The students also took prizes for individual speaker scores. Didrik Bratt took 2nd in Novice category. In the Open category, Didrik Bratt also took 8th, Dylan Bradford took 6th, Andreas Backman took 4th, and Akshat Deshpande took 3rd. 

Our Debate Society is student led and organised, and runs successfully on student engagement, autonomous learning, and peer mentoring. The group uses their drive and motivation to seek out opportunities to learn and improve, from peer feedback and practice, to online research, to utilising Stockholm University’s workshops. Their success is the embodiment of the ethos of IEGS, which seeks to empower students in their learning and foster the skills needed for self management, personal growth, and achieving goals. IEGS is proud of the hard work and commitment of the Debate Society and looks forward to seeing who will be trying out for the Nationals team to represent Sweden. The future looks bright for our Debate Society! 


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