On Thursday the 1st of February two of Blessington Community College’s four Junior Debating teams travelled to University College Dublin to take part in another round of their Junior School’s debating competition. The competition is a great asset to younger students, introducing them to debating and allowing them to develop their own style and confidence in presenting their opinions on topical and controversial issues. The competition gives students a chance to show that they can commit their free time to a constructive activity and to work alongside fellow students in preparation for each speech. The teams consisted of Jean-Luc Morris, Finn Farrell, Radek Dulny and Conor Cowley. The students worked extremely hard to prepare for the debate, the motion being “this house would ban genetically modified organisms.” Jean-Luc and Finn Farrell were proposing the motion, while Radek and Conor were opposing the motion. This allowed for very heated, heartfelt preparation indeed! Both teams performed excellently on the night and spoke very well, making their points clearly and succinctly. The teams were commended for their efforts and are very much looking forward to taking part in more debating competitions of this kind in the future.