Len Miller High School has defeated St. Theresa’s Convent High School 96-95 in the final of the Devine Events and Consultancy Inter-High School competition. The final debate between the schools was held at Monrovia City Hall on Sunday, and was described by the spectators as the “clash of the titans.”
“The debate was extremely difficult for both teams as they displayed incredible and impressive arguments,” an instructor who keenly observed the proceedings remarked.
It was a single point lead from accuracy of information which proved decisive enough for Len Miller High school to get the victory.
The two schools debated on the topic: “Are Teachers Responsible for the Mass Failure of Students?” St. Theresa’s Convent took the affirmative and Len Miller was on the negative side of the argument.
“When the team noticed we had the lead, we did so much to protect it and the win was not an easy one for us,” Nathan Gbelee, Len Miller Captain told this reporter shortly after the debate.
“Winning the debate was challenging, but it is part of our job to emerge victorious,” Nathan said excitedly.
The winner of the competition should have walked away with a cash prize of US$1,000, second place US$700 and third placer US$500, but the organizer deferred the payments until a formal program is held bringing together stakeholders and education authorities.
The all girls Convent captain Olivia Livingstone won the most proficient player in the competition, equivalent to “Most Valuable Player” and walked away with US$300.
“Though we lost the game, our team still feels we are winners,” Olivia Livingstone said describing the results as “fair enough and respectable.”
In the third place encounter, Seventh Day Adventist won G.W. Gibson 61-53 points. Their game was marred by a series of irregularities by the judges.
They debated on the topic, “Are Young People Prepared to Take over Leadership in Liberia?”
The head judge for the final, Dr. Saaim Naame, Secretary General of the Association of Liberian Universities, described it as “good” because, according to him, it showed that Liberian students are also “good as any student in the world.”
He said to witness a debate with no mistakes or negative comments from the panel of judges that means the final was “impressive with good performances.”
A guest list in the full house events included Dr. Kimmie Weeks, Minister Anthony Nimely, Rev Emmanuel Bowier and Ms. Gwendolyn Myers.