Stewards Pooi Kei College secures narrow victory with presentation skills
Home team Stewards Pooi Kei College (SPKC) scored a narrow victory over St Rose of Lima's College (SRLC) in the fifth round of the Nesta-SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition. In Wednesday's debate, SRLC argued for the motion: 'Watching age group-approved reality TV shows is a good way for teenagers to learn about human relationships'.
Both teams presented solid arguments, with SRLC's Gloria Chan Lok-see, Venus Lam Wai-yin and Kristy Zhang Ye pointing out that the human traits of fear, jealousy, competition and love were common among reality TV actors.
SPKC's Roxana Li Hay-ton, Matthew Lo Kin-wing and Dennis Ng Wai-hei fired back, saying reality TV was just another commercial product which disregarded the actual series of events and focused on people's worst behaviour in unreal settings.
Li, the team's first speaker, said their opponents were well-prepared. Second speaker Lo, who also won the best speaker award, was surprised by their powerful rebuttals. 'I thought we were more confident and our points were more practical, but they were very fluent in the rebuttals,' he said.
Calling the debate a close finish, adjudicator Barbara Robson said SPKC's presentation was the crucial factor.
'I gave the win to the negative team based on ... allowing your audience to relax a little bit and I did feel this [SRLC] was almost at times bombarding us,' she said. 'You need to work [on] your audience a little ... better use of pause, a little less content and a little bit more time for us to absorb your point.'
SRLC coach Barry Dalton said they did a great job against a team who were two years senior to them.
'[Our] content was more thorough ... but we lost the debate in delivery which is annoying,' Dalton said.
'From an intellectual point of view, you let content win the day but drama won the day.'
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