The English School sent six students to the Riga Open for debate this past weekend, March 16-18. The two teams were Elli Huitu, Katariina Jokinen, and Amalia Niemi alongside Eelis Holmstén, Michael Ostapenko, and Nicholas Shenshin. Both teams had strong showings, representing themselves and the school well. As the only Finnish students in attendance, they also had the opportunity to represent Finland while debating very experienced teams from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The students walked away with several wins, finishing with a 3-2 record for each team. More importantly the team members now have a deeper understanding of debate and will step into their next competition armed with excellent experience.
Motions debated throughout the weekend were THW ban private health care, THW allow criminals to raise children in prison, THW allow the farming of endangered species, and THW relax labour laws (i.e. the minimum wage, union rights and requirements for firing workers) in times of economic crisis. The semifinal motion was THS global surrogacy markets, and the final motion was THW give the Baltics an independent arsenal of nuclear weapons.