Bootham School Debating Society

Last Monday, Dorian Macak and Livvy Thew represented Bootham School Debating Society in the third round, and regional final, of the national ESU (English-Speaking Union) Mace debating competition.  To be regional finalists is a real achievement, and saw them taking part in some excellent debates since the start of the school year.

The journey to this round saw them opposing the validity of e-sports and the notion that upper-rate tax payers should be allowed to make donations to charities of their choice in lieu of tax payment, and finally proposing that England should boycott the 2018 World Cup.

The judges were particularly impressed with their charismatic style and their engagement with the opposition, as well as their ability to think on their feet in rebutting arguments.

Unfortunately they were just pipped to the post on Monday night.  However to make it so far in this national competition as debating novices shows exceptional skill. Well done!

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