The Division of Nursing Education (DNE) emerged champions of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Community College’s (SVGCC) 2022 debate competition, in a narrow 534-532 final round victory over the Division of Teacher Education (DTE), in which they debated “The continued spikes in COVID-19 cases in the Caribbean are a direct result of Caribbean governments’ mismanagement of the pandemic”.
Both teams advanced to Friday’s final after winning their preliminary rounds against the Division of Arts, Sciences & General Studies (DASGS) and the Division of Technical & Vocational Education (DTVE). The competition, which took place January 13th – 14th, 2022 saw Marika Baptiste of the DASGS being awarded “Best Speaker” in preliminary round 1, with the DTE’s Junior Primus and Niesha Richards being judged “Best Speaker” in preliminary round 2 and the final round respectively. Junior Primus was also judged “Best Speaker – Overall”.
Nigel Scott, Director of the SVGCC, in commending the debaters lauded the quality of debate and the depth of research presented. He expressed hope that the debaters will go on to elevate national conversations and that the competition aligns with the college’s new strategic plan, which includes more student-centered activities and involvement.
Communications & Marketing Manager of the SVGCC and Head Coach of the SVGCC Debate Society, B. Tedra Kirby, in her event closing remarks encouraged the public to support the SVGCC in its initiatives and that the support of the public is important, as the college’s debaters now move to prepare to compete in the upcoming Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) set for March 2022. The SVGCC is the reigning WIDC champion.
The inter-divisional debate was live-streamed via Digicel’s PlayGo app and the SVGCC Facebook page. It was made possible through the support of corporate partners Gaymes Book Center, @nlasvg, @svg_tccu and @digicelsvg.