Villa Maria College win Canterbury Regionals 2015

Villa Maria College win Canterbury Regionals 2015

Canterbury Regionals were held over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of March at the University of Canterbury. CSDC worked closely with the University of Canterbury College of Arts, who assisted with booking debating rooms and a seminar room for the final.

St Margaret’s College, Villa Maria College, Cashmere High School and Papanui High School broke to the semi-finals, with St Margaret’s College and Villa Maria College progressing to the finals. The final topic was “This house believes that western media outlets should republish uncensored cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed when reporting on threats or attacks against their artists.” After a close debate, Villa Maria College won in a unanimous decision from the adjudication panel.


Winners (Villa Maria College):
Samantha Crews
Olivia Nally
Isabella Walsh


Runners-Up (St Margaret’s College):

Emma Clucas
Rebecca Lilley
Nat Vaughan

Most Promising Team:
Papanui High School

Best Speaker:
Isabelle Walsh (Villa Maria College)

Most Promising Speaker:
Harrison Smith (St Andrew’s College)

Members of the Canterbury Teams:
Emma Clucas (St Margaret’s College)
Nat Vaughan (St Margaret’s College)
Sasha Cuthbert (Cashmere High School)
Samantha Crews (Villa Maria College)
Isabella Walsh (Villa Maria College)
Matthew Moore (Christ’s College)


Reserve to the Canterbury Teams:

Harrison Smith (St Andrew’s College)

Highly Commended:
Rebecca Lilley (St Margaret’s College)
Annemieke Krijgsman (Marian College)
Zach Withers (Burnside High School)