Team TYK (Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio) has practised debating for years, fifteen or so. With the new format came new challenges and this made us more enthusiastic again. We have got help from Tampere University Debating Society, the judges in the Semifinals came from there. We are particularly grateful for the well timed advice after Christmas when the students’ motivation was at its highest.
To win second place among Estonians, who are more experienced in debating than we are and compete against the best in the world, was a rewarding eperience. We now know that we are on the right path and will put some more effort into training. And it is exactly what we want to tell you all, keep on practising, get some advice from experts and test your skills e.g. in Tallinn next year. It is worth all your efforts!
I totally agree with the Administrator on his ideas concerning debating. There is , however, at least one more element here to be considered, and that is cooperation between schools and teachers. Without it there would be very little cooperation between students. So all those of us who still have the time and faith to keep on debating, well done. Keep up the good work!
Kristiina Leskinen from Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio
Ours was an extremely tough debate between our school TYK and our neighbour Rellu. It took the judges a whole hour to decide which of the teams won. They finally decided that there had been a break in our team line and we lost. We weren’t very unhappy, however, because this time we foud the judges’ comments just and extremely helpful. The same set of judges will form the panel at the finals that will take place at our school in Tampere, instead of Helsinki where the other stream will have their competition.
See you in Tampere!