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An Interview with the IHC Debate Finalists

By Megan Rocher

This years debates have been tough! Four houses, two topics, and 12 amazing speakers have taken part in the aula to fight for this years trophy! And now there’s two teams, one topic and six speakers left. Which team will put their hand on the trophy, king or pavlov?

We have interviewed the captains for the teams and asked them some questions about the debate;
Matilda Froste, Team Captain Pavlov House
Alexandra Gummesson, House Captain King House

  1. How does it feel to be in the final?
    Matilda Froste: It feels amazing, I’m super excited!

    Alexandra Gummesson: I am really proud of the students from King House and I thought they did a really good job, so I feel confident that they will be great in the final as well!

  1. What are your expectations for the final debate? Any challenges or doubts/ do you feel well prepared?/ how do you feel about facing the other team
    Matilda Froste: I expect a very interesting debate where the engagement will be very strong. King is a strong team, so facing them will be a challenge. But I believe this will bring out the best in Pavlov’s debaters. We are well prepared and debating this Tuesday gave us all an excellent feeling of how the final might be. We’ve become a really strong team, so I’m sure on Tuesday we will use that to our advantage.
    Alexandra Gummesson: Our team will definitely put up a fight, we are excited and happy that we made it to final’s. We know that Pavlov will also put up a good fight and they did very well with their debate.

  1. Any advice on how to be a good debater?
    Matilda Froste: Never doubt yourself or what you’re saying. Be confident!
    Alexandra GummessonI think you should be very calm and polite as you might seem less confident in your thesis if you mock or seem irritated with the other team.

  1. What was it that made you interested in debating?
    Matilda Froste: I was first tossed into a competition, and was essentially crazily impressed by the intellectuals of the debaters. Participating there made me interested in developing my own skills, and engaging in politics and debating it.
    Alexandra Gummesson: There are so many subjects that can be discussed. A debate puts you in a situation, you normally would not put yourself in, it often brings  up sides of people that you did not know existed.

  1. If you were free to choose any topic you like to debate about in the final what would it be?  
    Matilda Froste: Trump, no doubt. Or maybe not at all coming to think of it.
    Alexandra Gummesson: Veganism and vegetarianism of course. Even if it was a quite similar topic in the last debate, I think it is such an interesting topic! Otherwise something regarding international politics, like the immigration crisis or membership in EU.

  1. What have you learned from the previous debate that you take advantage of for the upcoming debate?
    Matilda Froste: Make great use of points of information. They are excellent ways of engaging in the speeches as well as it throws the speakers off.
    Alexandra Gummesson: The team should stay very calm and act in a very mature way. I also agree with Matilda - points of information is a really great way to get the debate going and challenge the other speaker.

We from the rhetorics course (Carolina Rosenquist, Mimmi Bolander, Julia Nykvist and Sebastian D from SPD3F and EC3H) have had the privilege to follow and engage in the debates and look forward to see who’s taking home the trophy this years. We wish the teams good luck and hope you will be supporting them at the final tomorrow 16 o’clock in the aula.


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