The air of jubilation swirled wide as the Hillsborough Secondary School touched down at the Lauriston Airport at about 11: 15am last week Wednesday proudly displaying the challenge shield and the winning cheque as the 2016 -2017, Grenlec National Secondary Schools Debate champions.
Dressed in the school’s burgundy blazers the successful six member team, which comprised the nation’s top debater, Timothy Stanislaus along with Teja Patrice, Roushan Lendore and Sheniziah Steill together with auxiliary debaters, Crystal Neckles and Anthony Matheson accompanied by coaches and teachers, Mrs. Bernadine Knights and Kiesha Mcfarlane, stepped off the plane to a hero’s welcome. The other two coaches are Carmen Logan and Stacey Bain.
On hand to greet the victorious party were Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon. Elvin Nimrod, Senator Norland Cox, Principal Brian Lendore, members of staff, students and well wishers.
The Hillsborough Secondary defeated Bishop’s College 660 points to 624 in the finals to secure the title. Bishops College proposed while Hillsborough Secondary School opposed on the moot-Be it Resolved that Parliamentary Democracy is better in developing states.
On arrival an elated member of the coaching staff, Mrs. Knights said that they are proud to have finally emerged victorious.
Bursting into broad smiles she said that the victory came through the blending of the ingredients of hard work, diligence, in-depth research, confidence and finally perfect execution of their plan.
“We realized that our message was laden with the right content and our speakers from opening to end were all simply brilliant and we are so proud”, she noted.
Surrounded by the trophy, the winning cheque and happy faces, Mrs. Knights said that the victory is sweet in light of the wealth of sacrifice they were called upon to make. She was also grateful to many including “the blessings of the Lord”.
Timothy Stanislaus was voted as the top debater throughout the competition. He said that he was happy to have won such a prize, and described the performance as “a brilliant display of team work”.
“We knew we were going to win as our message was strong and I’m so happy that we all bonded as a family towards achieving this success”, said the form one student.
Principal, Mr. Lendore, termed it as a watershed moment in the life of the school in light that it’s the very first time they have ever won any major prize.
He said that the victory would now allow the staff, students and the general public to begin believing that “we too can achieve at the highest level”.
In congratulating the performance of Bishop’s College, saying that Carriacou won, Mr. Lendore said that this speaks to a rise in the educational thrust at both secondary schools. Credit he said must also be given to the principals and teachers at the primary school level who send students into the secondary schools with a proper educational foundation.
Principal, Rholda Quamina and coaches of Bishop’s College congratulated the Hillsborough Secondary School on their victory.
One of the coaches, Wendy Andrew added that she and the school are proud of their debaters because they did what they had to do.
“It was a challenge to start, considering the physical condition of the school. However, while disappointed to have lost, we are still buoyant to have made it to the finals”, said Ms Andrew.
“It’s a happy moment to share their joy and we celebrate their victory with them”, said Ms Andrew.
Following the arrival of the victorious Hillsborough Secondary School they staged a victory motorcade through the streets of Hillsborough to Dwayne Bravo’s champion song, accompanied by other members of staff, students and members of the public.