Anguilla Dethrones Montserrat As LIDC Champion

Anguilla Dethrones Montserrat As LIDC Champion LK Hewlett Story Updated: March 2nd 2015 at 4:06 pm Anguilla 2015 LIDC Debating Team photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALHCS-Literary-Debating-Society/1480043952265562
The Top Awards for the 2015 Leeward Islands debating Competition headed back to Anguilla Monday. In the Finals on Sunday night, opposing the moot, “When public funds are mismanaged, government leaders should face criminal prosecution,” Anguilla, scored 654 to win the coveted title. Team Leader Arianna Woodley and Second Sabrina Connor, faced off with defending champions Montserrat, represented in this year’s Finals by Leader Sharese Allen and her Second Dwanifia Joseph. Montserrat scored 521 points. The Best Speaker Award for the evening’s debate went to Anguilla’s Second Miss Connor, who scored 177 points. The Overall Best Speaker Award went to Anguilla’s Kasem Thompson. Though Anguilla was represented by different students at each of its debates, it captured the Best Speaker Award at all of its showings. The 43rd annual LIDC got underway at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Thursday night. St Maarten won the first debate against the BVI, opposing the moot, “The CARICOM region’s failure to legalize marijuana is a colossal mistake.” St. Maarten earned 638 points to the BVI’s 618, and St. Maarten’s Hailey Greaux was judged as the best speaker with 173 out of a possible 200 points. Friday night saw two debates taking place. In a keenly contested second debate, Antigua faced Anguilla proposing the moot, “There should be stricter media censorship in Caribbean Society.” Anguilla won by 10 points, scoring 559 points and securing a place in the semi finals. The Best Speaker award went to Anguilla’s T’arah Niles who earned a total of 177 points. The Marriott’s ballroom was buzzing in excitement for the third debate, which saw St. Kitts come up against sister island Nevis. St. Kitts proposed the moot “Discriminatory screening practices are necessary to prevent the spread of viruses new to the Caribbean Region.” St. Kitts won the debate by 20 points: 573 points to Nevis’ 553, and snagged a place in the Semi Finals. Nevis’ Neila Jones however, copped the Best Speaker Award. In the first Semi Final on Saturday night, defending champions Montserrat facing Thursday night’s winners St. Maarten opposed the moot “The adverse effects of Citizenship by Investment programs greatly outweighs the economic advantages” handily winning the debate 587 points to St. Maarten’s 548. Montserrat’s Sharese Allen was named Best Speaker of that debate earning 172 points. It was not to be for host country St. Kitts this year. Coming up against Anguilla in the Second Semi final on Saturday night, St. Kitts opposed the moot “For fear of the Church, Caribbean governments fail to address gay rights.” Arguing that there were reasons other than fear of the Church why Caribbean governments had failed to address the rights of the LGBT community, Anguilla won the debate with 586 points to St. Kitts’ 531. Anguilla’s Kasem Thompson was also adjudged the Best Speaker with 177 points. Sunday night’s win bring to eight, the number of LIDC championships that Anguilla has won. They are now tied with Montserrat. Nevis has seven titles, Antigua has nine, while St. Kitts holds the record with ten championships under its belt.

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