Frank Anthony All- India Inter-School Debate Competition, 2017.
18th August, 2017, a momentous day will be remembered as one of informed opinions, clinical insights and, sharp linguistic skills, as The Hiranandani Foundation School, Powai, hosted the Category II, Stage II of the prestigious Frank Anthony All- India Inter-School Debate Competition, 2017.
The HFS Multi-purpose hall was a venue for the debate, titled “Data sharing has led to loss of privacy”. As eight of the top-ranked schools in Mumbai and Pune converged to debate upon this very relatable topic, the audience comprising students of standard tenth, was treated to a veritable battle of words and viewpoints as the competing teams wrestled for the top spot.
Each of the eight teams consisted of a pair of students, one to speak for and the other to speak against the motion. Each one of the speakers provided a distinct justification for why they were in favour of, or against the motion. The rebuttal round saw a spirited cross examination of the speakers by the other participants and robust arguments in defence were produced.
An eminent panel of judges, namely,
Dr. Kamala Srinivas, (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai), Mr. Rahul Maheshwari, Director, K.J. Somaiya Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication, Mumbai, and Mr. Manoj Khatri, freelance writer- publisher and Counsellor evaluated the contestants on various parameters ranging from confidence, poise, presentation of content and rebuttal.
Following are the results based on the judges’ decisions.
- The St. Mary’s School, Pune, was awarded as the Best Team.
- Aryan Agarwal, from St. Mary’s School, Pune was adjudged as the Best Speaker.
- Jatin Pawahanee from Pawar Public School Chandivli, was the first runner- up speaker and
- Mauli Kaushik, from St. Mary’s School, Pune was the second runner- up speaker.
The conviction of the students, the confidence and panache with which they spoke, especially those that argued against the motion, (being the more difficult stand,) impressed the judges and the audience alike and won favour with all present.
The day ended on a successful note with laurels pouring in for the school for having efficiently organised an event of such magnitude and significance.
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