SSC takes awards in PSDC 2016
January 14 to 17 were the days selected members of Delta Chi, the Junior High School (JHS) Debate Society of St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) – Manila, have all been waiting for because that was when the Philippine Schools Debating Championship (PSDC), hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), was held. The aforementioned event is a national invitational that provides an avenue for high school student debaters all over the country to test their critical thinking skills and engage in the discussion of various issues in the environment, politics, society and pop culture among others. 120 teams from different institutions all over the country bested each other to emerge as champions of the prestigious tournament.
Under the mentorship of Mikee De Vega – current champion and 3rd Best Speaker in the World Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) – and Chantal Elloran of the De La Salle University (DLSU) Debate Society, 4 teams composed of 2 students each represented SSC. After the eliminations, Team A consisted of Martha (Marty) Grace Ysaac of 10 – Honesty and Katrina Ysabel Sison of 8 – Love was able to break 6th and reach quarterfinals where they went up against two teams from Xavier School and one team from PAREF Woodrose School for Girls. Meanwhile, although they were not able to make it to the Top 36, Team D consisting of Antonie Rane Peralta of 9 – Community and Margarita Francesca Samonte of 9 – Loyalty qualified in the Ana Alano Cup which is the grand finals for debaters whose institutions never had, or at least in the past four years, a team in the final round of PSDC. Upon the announcement of winners after the championship dinner, Marty bagged the 10th Best Speaker.
Though the girls were not able to bring home the title, the competition nevertheless enabled the participants to harness their potential to become leaders in the future whose influence may help promote talents and expand intellectual capacity for the benefit of the world.
By Justine Austria, Delta Chi President