Colaiste Bhride of Carnew took the honours in the final of Wicklow County Council’s schools environmental debating competition which took place in Clermont College on Tuesday (23rd of May).
Sixteen teams from 12 schools took part in the competition this year, run over five rounds since October last year. The final came down to a closely fought contest between Colaiste Chraobh Abhann and Colaiste Bride with the later taking the prize for 2017.
The two teams were given a very challenging motion: "Origin Green is green washing a farming industry that is unwilling to clean up and reduce its impact on the environment”.
Colaiste Chraobh Abhann proposed the motion while Colaiste Bhride opposed it. Colaiste Bhride was represented by Max Moroney as team captain, Laura Ivers and Laura Gallagher. Colaiste Chraobh Abhann was represented by Hyrum Scott as team captain, Lucy Short and Sophie Heaton. Sophie Heaton won the award for best speaker on the night selected by the five adjudicators on the judging panel.
Welcoming the two teams, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, told the students that public speaking is an important skill, invaluable in many career paths, and that they would now have a head start over fellow students because of their participation in the competition.
Cllr Fitzgerald presented the winning Colaiste Bhride team with their prize and also gave the award for best speaker to Sophie Heaton.
The prize for the winning team came from the Calnan and Anhoj forge in Russborugh House. Pottery by Jenny Kelly from Wicklow Town was presented to the best speaker and all six speakers from the two teams.