Sunday evening was the crowning moment for the team, when its representatives Jeson Lebanc and Nekeisia Pemberton went up against Anguilla. According to information reaching this media house, Nevis opposed the moot, “Where injustice prevails, civil disobedience is justifiable” with Anguilla proposing.
The victory is particularly sweet for Nevis as just one year ago, when the Nevis team came up against the St. Kitts team in 2010 finals leg of the competition, they lost the competition by one point.
One of the coaches for team Nevis, Shanelle Simmonds, in an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com, indicated that the debaters are excited and overwhelmed with the victory and are pleased with their performance.
She said the process of preparation for the competition required much sacrifice and even the assistance of the public
“Preparations involved researching for the moot, long sleepless nights and lots of sacrifices. The students had to prepare the moot, give it to the teachers to be looked over, and make any changes. Also it involved practice, practice, practice. Normally, people from the community would come in and with their assistance, adjustments to the presentation would be made.”
The team arrived in Nevis on Monday, 28th February, 2011, and was treated to a welcoming party, which was the beginning of celebrations.
“On Monday we were surprisingly greeted at the airport in Nevis. We had a short ceremony with ministers of government and teachers from the school and then we had a motorcade through the streets of Charlestown leading up to the 6th Form College. In terms of additional celebrations, I think they would be on-going through the rest of the week because Nevis, on a whole, is extremely delighted and extremely overwhelmed with the victory and so I think others would be coming on-board to show their support and celebrate with us as well.”
Simmonds told this media house that, for now, the students will take a break from debating while they prepare for their CAPE examinations. At the commencement of the next school year, however, preparations for the 2012 competition will begin.
“With regards to the rest of the year, students rest for now, focus on CAPE examination and we will start again in the next school year in September or October to prepare for the 2012 debating competition which will be held in Anguilla. So we are really looking forward to that because we know Anguilla will be coming hard. They are normally a force to be reckoned with so we are looking forward to the challenge.”
In addition to Simmonds, the coaching team comprised of Sheila Hanley and Shavane Joseph. The debaters who represented Nevis at the competition are: Mr. Dylon Browne, Ms. Kyra Evelyn, Ms. Nikesia Pemberton, Ms. Shaniele Skeete, Ms. Urnesia Pemberton and Mr. Jeson LeBlanc.