Anguilla Takes Championship Honours at 48th Leeward Islands Debate

Feature picture of Team Anguilla courtesy – D & S Media and Designs

Brades, Montserrat ( – Team Nevis, seemed to be on its way to a historic four-peat win of the annual Leewards Islands debating competition when they convincingly took care of arch-rivals, Team St. Kitts, on the evening of Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The moot under discussion by the federation teams, was: “The technological age has caused severe dilution of authentic Caribbean culture.’

Ms. Dahlia Slack of Nevis, was adjudged BEST Speaker for the debate, as she led out in successfully proposing the topic, ably supported by Mr. Mikkel Meloney.  The St. Kitts team was represented by Miss Tecoya Warner and Mr. Daniel Browne.

Nevis won the debate with 591 of a possible (780) points to St. Kitts’ 552 points.

This brought Team Nevis into the grand finals, versus Anguilla, on the afternoon of Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The moot under discussion was: “The prevalence of chronic diseases, supersedes unemployment as a significant hindrance to Caribbean development.’

On this occasion, Nevis was represented by Miss Ersha Stapleton and Mr. Brian Dore.  The Anguilla team was represented by Miss Samesha Connor and Mr. Josani Gumbs.

The Anguilla duo was more convincing and confident with their arguments, on the night and won the approval of the judges.  Anguilla gained a total of 610 of a possible (780 points), with Nevis 559 points.

Miss Samesha Connor was adjudged best speaker for the debate and later during the official closing ceremony, was adjudged the best speaker for the entire competition.

The Nevis team is expected to return home today and the usual warm reception is anticipated.


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