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Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies Wins First Debate

The Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies are the winners of their first debate following a successful win against the BVI Seventh Day Adventist School.

The teams from both schools debated on the moot: “Higher tax should be levied on ‘junk foods,’” at the competition held on Monday, January 30.

The proposition, represented by Daveon Tapper, Janallia George, and Angie Perez of the BVI Seventh Day Adventist School insisted that levying tax on junk food would prevent persons from consuming foods which would ultimately affect their health.

Students Gracelyn Pickering, Kasalya Farrington and Noah Spencer represented the opposition, Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies. They argued that levying tax on junk food would be economically detrimental to families who were not financially stable. They proposed for a reduction of prices on healthier foods to encourage a healthier lifestyle at an affordable rate.

The best speaker of the debate was awarded to Miss Janallia George of the BVI Seventh Day Adventist School.

The judges said their decision was based on the soundness of points, logical development, audibility and clarity, personality, and command of the material.

Round three of the debates continued Wednesday, February 1 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College with Claudia Creque Educational Centre securing the win against Cedar International on the moot: “Students should be held legally responsible for bullying in schools”.

Semi-finals begin on Monday, February 20, with the Claudia Creque Educational Centre competing against the reigning debate champions, the Elmore Stoutt High School. The winners of debates one and two, the St. George’s Secondary School and Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies will also compete against each other.

The Inter-Secondary Schools’ Debate Competition provides a platform where students can lend their voice to important, topical issues through clear articulation and rational defence of an idea.

For more information, persons should contact the Ministry of Education and Culture at 468-3701 ext. 2151.


Students Released From Hospital Following Bus Incident

Five female Grade 12 students of the Elmore Stoutt High School involved in yesterday’s incident have been treated and released from the Peebles Hospital.

Principal, Mrs. Sandy Underhill confirmed that the students were released from the hospital last night after being treated. No broken limbs or major injuries were recorded.

Mrs. Underhill said, “All of the students involved in the incident that took place yesterday have been released after being treated by doctors from the hospital. Students have reported soreness of the body due to the impact, but doctors have confirmed that none of the students sustained any broken limbs or major injuries.”

Mrs. Underhill also stated that the students were exempted from attending school, as per doctor’s orders.

Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Connie George in a statement on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture stated that the parents of the injured students were contacted for updates on their current condition following their discharge from the hospital. She said the students have only made mention of soreness of the body, which is expected due to the incident.

Mrs. George added that she is grateful to God for his blessings and protection over the students as no major injuries or broken limbs have been reported. She stated that the ministry will continue to keep in contact with the students and their parents as they continue to recover from the incident.

The 12th Grade students were injured on February 2, when the school’s bus which transports the students to and from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College campus, had to make an emergency stop in an attempt to avoid collision with another vehicle during its daily commute from the institution.

The incident occurred at Brandywine Bay.


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