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Congratulations to the York College debating team who won the North Yorkshire round of ‘Debating Matters’ held at the Mount School.  The national Year 12 & 13 competition is run by the Institute of Ideas. 

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The College was drawn against The Mount School and debated ‘We should embrace fracking’.  After an arduous round of presentation, judges questions, audience questions, opposition questions and debate, York College won!  The College team then went up against Harrogate  Grammar School (who won last year) and debated ‘We should all be willing to compromise our personal privacy in the interest of national security’ -  again the team was tenacious, bold, strategic and dynamic. And won again!
 
A Level tutor Clare Kirton says; “I was exceptionally proud of our Debating team, they were polite, confident and sociable and should be credited with this victory in its entirety.  The students write their own speeches and were also complimented on not having pre-prepared closing one minute speeches.  They are a credit to the College.”
 
A Level student Ashley Teague who organised the York College team said: “Debating Matters is a fantastic organisation that everyone can get behind.  It promotes teamwork, hard work and friendly competition.” 
 
The next full County round will be held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in March.
 

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