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Mackay Advances to the ESU Debate Semi-Finals


On Saturday November 4th, the Mackay Debate team entered the 5th round of the ESU Debate competitions, which were held at The Grange School in Santiago. With a record of 2-2, the team needed a win against The Craighouse School in order to advance to the Debate’s quarter-finals. The students debated about the validity of Cryptocurrencies, and by a close decision, Mackay moved into the playoffs with a 3-2 overall record. The debate team’s ardent preparation was evident, and each Mackay student showed a marked improvement in both their verbal expression and argument organization. Vicente Gonzalez gave a wonderful performance as opening speaker and closing speaker to give Mackay more momentum heading into the playoffs.

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The Mackay debate team poses for a quick photo outside of The Grange School.

For the quarterfinals, Mackay had the difficult draw of debating as the opposition against Santiago College. Their debate about international trade agreements was a back and forth affair that went down to the wire. Although Santiago College put together some very convincing arguments, Mackay ultimately came out with the victory, bringing them to the semi-finals of the ESU Debate tournament. The students were ecstatic to hear the decision that they would be moving on, and are ready to face the tough challenge of The Everest School on Saturday November 11th. If the team moves onto the final they will face off against either Villa Maria Academy or Lincoln International.

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Vicente Ahumada delivering his arguments as third speaker.

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Juan-Cristobal Manriquez delivering during the heat against Santiago College.

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Fernando Biceño speaking about the dangers of cryptocurrencies, specifically the bitcoin crash of 2014.

DSC02476DSC02477We are very proud of what they have done so far and wish them luck in the semi finals!

Mackay avanza a las semifinales de debate de ESU

El sábado 4 de noviembre, el equipo de debate de Mackay entró en la quinta ronda de las competencias de debate de la ESU, que se llevaron a cabo en The Grange School en Santiago. Con un registro de 2-2, el equipo necesitaba una victoria contra The Craighouse School para avanzar a los cuartos de final del Debate. Los estudiantes debatieron sobre la validez de Cryptocurrencies, y por una decisión difícil, Mackay se mudó a los playoffs con un récord global de 3-2. La ardiente preparación del equipo de debate fue evidente, y cada estudiante de Mackay mostró una marcada mejora tanto en su expresión verbal como en su organización argumental. Vicente González hizo una actuación maravillosa como orador de apertura y orador de cierre para darle a Mackay más ímpetu en los playoffs.

Para los cuartos de final, Mackay tuvo la dificultad de debatir como la oposición contra Santiago College. Su debate sobre los acuerdos comerciales internacionales fue un asunto de ida y vuelta que llegó hasta el final. Aunque Santiago College formuló argumentos muy convincentes, Mackay finalmente obtuvo la victoria, llevándolos a las semifinales del torneo ESU Debate. Los estudiantes quedaron encantados de escuchar la decisión de que seguirían adelante y están listos para enfrentar el difícil desafío de la Escuela Everest el sábado 11 de noviembre. Si el equipo pasa a la final, se enfrentarán contra Villa Maria Academy o Lincoln International.

¡Estamos muy orgullosos de lo que han hecho hasta ahora y les deseamos suerte en las semifinales!

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