The ESU Schools’ Mace Final 2013-14 represented the exciting conclusion of one of the largest and most prestigious debating competitions in England. From the 350 entrant schools across the country, eight schools representing the whole of the country came together to produce the team that would go on to represent England at the International Mace Final against Ireland, Scotland and Wales at the end of April. The teams for the Schools’ Mace Final were:
Semi Final 1
Proposition: North East Regional Winners, Grammar School at Leeds, Matthew Li and Sam Harman
Opposition: South West Regional Winners, Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Gareth Pearce and Jonny Elling
Proposition: North West Regional Winners, Manchester Grammar School, Michael Li and Will Barnes
Opposition: South East Regional Winners, Dulwich College, Ronan Patrick and Rafi Marshall
Semi Final 2
Proposition: Central Regional Winners, Westminster, Ellie Shearer and Jess Yung
Opposition: West Regional Winners, King Edward’s School, Patrick Wernham and Tom Barrett
Proposition: South Regional Winners, St. Paul’s Girls School,
Opposition: East Regional Winners, Brampton Manor School, Shifa Patel and Maria Diaz
Debate 1 was on the motion This House Believes that Western States Should Prevent the Immigration of Citizens of the Developing World Working in Industries with a Clear Public Good, Such as Medicine and Teaching.
Debate 2 on This House Would Aggressively Censor All Music Which Advocates Derogatory Attitudes Towards Women.
After two hard fought debates in each semi, the final was between Dulwich College and St Pauls Girls’ School on the motion This House Believes The State Should Have No Legal Restrictions on the Monitoring of Its Own Citizens in Pursuing National Security.
After a long adjudication the winners were announced to be Dulwich College, who took home the trophies, as well as hoping to win another at the International Mace Final in Cardiff, as the school did last year. Congratulations to the students of Dulwich College, the finalists and all of the teams that took part in an extremely successful and challenging competition.