After impressing in the group and knock-out rounds, both teams impressed the large audience with their linguistic prowess, eye for detail and ability to rebut arguments under pressure. The motion debated concerned whether the 2020s will be greater for humanity than the sometimes rocky 2010s.
Ridgemount proposed a convincing case for optimism from Jamie Catto, Ed Bayliss and Frank Kelly. Frank was later awarded Speaker of the Evening for his impressive performance in both round three and the summary.
However, Churchill's analytical, reflective and often philosophical rebuttals were almost flawless on a night that showcased Shrewsbury debating at its very best. Dominic Inglis-Jones (the only Fifth Form pupil in the final - a fine achievement!), James Leaver and Jonny Snell carried the argument for Churchill's persuasively.
Many thanks to the Headmaster for his individualised feedback and support for the competition. Well done also to Tom Jackson and Charlie Hancock, who worked tirelessly on the logistics each week to make the competition happen. Many of these pupils will now be acting as judges during this Lent Term's Junior House Competition. Watch this space for updates regarding the progress of this competition.