Marsden retain the Impromptu Cup; Scots win the Junior section

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup for senior and junior students was held yesterday at Wellington Girls’ College.

Twelve teams entered the senior section. After four rounds, the semi-finalists were Chilton St James School, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington East Girls’ College, and Scots College. In the semi-finals, Scots defeated Chilton and Marsden defeated Wellington East.

Ultimately in the Grand Final, Samuel Marsden were the winners in a 2-1 split decision, after successfully affirming the motion “This House would ban private gun ownership”. Congrats to Maria English and Dipti Manchanda, who defended the title they won last year, and retained the IMPS Trophy for another year. Commiserations to the Scots team of Nick Cross and James Gavey.

There were thirteen entries in the junior section. The semi-finalists were Scots College, St Mary’s College, Wellington East Girls’ College, and Tawa College. In the semis, Scots defeated Tawa and Wellington East defeated St Mary’s.

In the Grand Final, Scots were deserving winners in a unanimous decision, after affirming the motion “That we should embrace genetic engineering”. Congrats to Ben Guerin and Josh Ramsay who won the Evening Post Cup, and commiserations to Yvette Coyle and Ziming Liu.

Thanks to Clodagh O”Connor-McKenna who convened the senior competition, Udayan Mukherjee who handled the juniors, all the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society adjudicators, and Wellington Girls’ for hosting.

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