ews - 2017
Frankly Speaking! A
Benjamin Franklin House Debate Competition in
collaboration with the US Embassy in London and
On Friday 3
March 2017, 55 students from eleven schools across the
country joined us for Frankly Speaking 2017, the annual
Benjamin Franklin House debate competition in
collaboration with the US Embassy and The Daughters of the
American Revolution (Walter Hines Page Chapter). Teams
travelled from Coventry, Liverpool, London and Leeds to
join us and this year the event was hosted by Bloomberg at
their London offices in Finsbury Square.
Throughout the course of the day students debated motions
including ‘This House Believes social media should be
limited to 30 minutes a day for under 16s’ and ‘This House
Believes all police officers should carry guns’. The final
debates were ‘This House believes developing countries are
equally as responsible as developed countries in
combatting climate change’ for Year 10 & 11 and ‘This
House believes prisoners in the UK should be allowed to
vote’ for Year 12 & 13. The standard throughout the day
was high, with judges impressed by the debating skills and
research of the students.
Adrienne Pitman from the DAR awarded first place
finisher in the Year 10 & 11 age category, Samahat Ahmed,
from Seven Kings High School in Ilford with her prize: a
guided tour of the Houses of Parliament with the Rt Hon.
The Lord Cope of Berkeley. This prize was made possible
through the generous support of the Daughters of the
American Revolution (Walter Hines Page Chapter).
Portnoy from the US Embassy awarded Iram Farooqui from
Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre first place finisher
in the Year 12 & 13 age category; Iram will take part in
the Benjamin Franklin
Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina this summer. Joining students from across
the US and Europe, she will explore American culture and
politics and opportunities to improve civil society.
Team prizes were also awarded.
All participants will be invited to a reception at
Benjamin Franklin House. Many thanks to the US Embassy,
Bloomberg and the DAR for their partnership, support and
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