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NCU National Debate Champions 2017
Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:30:14 PM

(left to right) NIA-JADE National Collegiate Debating Championship 2017 Delmas Brown and Jessica Timoll pose with Noreen Daley, Top Adjudicator, Head Coach and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, NCU. 

Northern Caribbean University, NCU, continues to dominate the Jamaican debating landscape with its recent first place win in the NIA-JADE National Collegiate Debating Championship 2017.

Of the five teams which entered the competition, two made it to the finals.


 “Regardless of the fact that a lot of people still see us (NCU) as the small little school here on the hill, even within our small space, we continue to be able to match it with the bigger institutions” said Noreen Daley, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Head Coach, NCU Debate Team.

Daley added that, “We continue to be God’s school and NCU has some of the brightest minds just like anywhere else.”

 The two-member team won the championship after creating arguments for the motion: ‘This house allows countries or international organizations to claim international jurisdiction for crimes of corruption.’

Delmas Brown, member of the winning team and final year business student, said the win is a clear example of hard work and determination paying off.

“I feel happy, accomplished and humbled at the same time knowing we would’ve played against the very best in debating on the island.”

Brown said debating has greatly widened his view and changed his outlook. “When you debate it helps you to put an entire world into perspective and it helps you to do things systematically and also improves areas such as public speaking.” 

His team member, third year English major and debating ‘novice’ Jessica Timoll, was extremely anxious going into the competition. “I felt nervous as we were debating against the best of the best, but I prayed first and watched God work. In the end there was nothing to worry about and God came through.”

(Photo Credit-Picture That Productions) NCU Debating Team Members and Coaches in good spirits after winning the NIA-JADE National Collegiate Debating Championship 2017 

When the NIA-JADE National Collegiate Debating Championship 2017 ended, NCU was awarded first and forth positions. University of Technology came in second and University of the West Indies third.

 NCU also copped three of the 10 spots for best speakers. Delmas Brown came in fourth, Rushane Nelson seventh and Gabrielle Thompson (who tied with two other individual prizes) 10th.

 Additionally, Noreen Daley Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Head Coach, NCU Debate Team was voted Top Adjudicator.

The NCU debating teams consisted of students for several disciplines, including the Departments of Communication Studies, English, Business, Biology, and the school of Religion.

The Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment-JADE Limited National Collegiate Debating Championship is the premier tertiary debating tournament on the island.  

The championship is opened to debaters at the sixth form (grades 12 and 13) and tertiary (undergraduate) levels. Fifth form (grade 11) and masters (postgraduate) students may participate after having received authorization from the Adjudication Core.






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