Isle girl is world class debater

Morgan Everett and Tilly Poskitt took part in Young Debater of the Year
Morgan Everett and Tilly Poskitt took part in Young Debater of the Year
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Debating skills shown by an Isle student saw her reach high ranking on the world stage, with her team mate.

Double act Morgan Everett of Eastoft and Tilly Poskitt from Hampole took on teams from across four continents in the finals of the International Young Debater of the Year Competition.

Held at the prestigious Oxford Union, the finals mark the end of a competition attracting entries from nearly 700 teams.

Competitors had flown in from as far as Canada and Hong Kong, and the standard was extremely high.

Year 10 students Morgan and Tilly represented Hill House School, and were thrilled to be ranked fortieth in the world at the end of the contest.

With just 15 minutes to prepare for four separate debates, they discussed issues such as harsher prison sentences for celebrities, political funding, religious education and how to deal with dictators.

All those taking part had to develop networking skills, and interact with university student judges as well as with other competitors from around the world.

Morgan’s teacher, Jo Chappell, said: “This is a fantastic achievement after just one year of competitive debating. We’re really excited for the future of the team.”