THE final of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) group debating competition, sponsored by Elanco, recently took place at Magherafelt High School.
Guest speaker for the evening was agricultural journalist, Richard Halleron who had the opportunity to listen to the junior teams debating on the topic ‘The internet has changed the world for the better’ and to the senior members who debated on whether ‘Immigration has a positive impact on the life of the United Kingdom’.
Senior teams were given 30 minutes to prepare their debates whilst junior members had 40 minutes in which to form their debates.
During that time they used personal opinion and a comprehensive fact sheet provided to each team. This format means that the debating in the contest is more spontaneous and encourages members to work together as a team. It also means that no one is disadvantaged by having more time to practice and prepare than others.
After the judges totted up the scores, competitors gathered to hear the results. YFCU President Roberta Simmons introduced Richard Halleron who addressed the audience before handing out the prizes. In his speech, Richard told the audience he was impressed with the array of talent displayed in the debates that he had the pleasure of observing.
Following the presentation of prizes, YFCU president, Roberta Simmons said: “The YFCU group debating competition continues to be one of the most popular in our calendar and we are delighted to have the continued support of Elanco. On behalf of the association I would also like to extend a note of thanks to our guest speaker Richard Halleron for his encouragement tonight and continued support of YFCU.”
YFCU vice president Zita Blair concluded the evening with her vote of thanks to all involved in the event, from the various trainers, judges and chairs who assisted throughout the course of the competition, to the schools which hosted the heats and final.
The results were as follows:
12- 14 Age Group
1st Lylehill YFC - Zara Davis, Kirsten Davis, Kirsty Wallace
2nd Coleraine YFC – Cara Millar, Sarah Smyth, Chloe Millar
3rd Kilraughts YFC - Mark McNeill, Robbie McNeill, James Currie
14-16 Age Group
1st Coleraine YFC – Emma Wallace, Sarah Cunningham, Katie Ramage
2nd Kilraughts YFC - Lauren McNeill, Lydia Walsh, Jill Huey
3rd Seskinore YFC – Kyle Sawyer, Ellen Crawford, Jodie Brown
16-18 Age Group
1st Newtownards YFC – Sara Townley, Anna Brown, Emily Moore
2nd Glarryford YFC - Clara Duffy, Amy King, Megan Agnew
3rd Ballywalter YFC – Laura Stewart, Jessie Brown, Katie Lemon
18-21 Age Group
1st Glarryford YFC - Jessica Reid, Jessica Byers, Cathy Reid
2nd Ballywalter YFC – Kaitlyn Martin, James Stewart, Rachel McCracken
3rd Finvoy YFC - Richard Beattie, Sam Beattie, Ross Beattie
21-25 Age Group
1st Kilraughts YFC - Hannah Kirkpatrick, Amy Kirkpatrick, Hannah McCollum
2nd Coleraine YFC – Joanne Smyth, Claire Adams, Rebecca Lamont
3rd Spa YFC – Stacey Graham, Kelly-Ann Quinn, Thomas Annett
25-30 Age Group
1st Donaghadee YFC – Alison Rea, Stuart Rea, Jane Kirkpatrick
2nd Lylehill YFC - Stephanie McCollum, Zara Taylor, Christine McCollum
3rd Kilraughts YFC - Robert Shannon, Ryan Millar, Alison Wilson