Speaker Tab for SPARK’s March 2014 Tournament

Rank Name Avg. Speaker points Accumulation Points
1 [Finalist / 1st Runner Up] Isaac Chung 72.375 20
2 [Finalist / 2nd Runner Up] Sarika Mahbubani 72 20
3 [Finalist / Champion] Andrea Herman 71.75 20
4 [Finalist] Celeste Chan 71.875 19
5 [Finalist] Christy Wong 70.5 17
6 [Finalist] Nicholas Liu 70.5 16.5
7 STC team 71.125 16
8 Ellen Chan 70.25 15
9 Arnesh Batlaw 71.25 14.5
10 Ike Jin Park 70.875 14
11 Miguel Borje 70.25 14
12 Valkyrie Suen 70 14
13 Andrew Kao 70.375 13.5
14 Edward Mak 71 13
15 Karen Wong 69.75 13
16 Tiffany Tang 71.125 12.5
17 Chung Pan Shum 69.875 12.5
18 Ruth Scharff-Hansen 69.75 11.5
19 Vienna Au 68.5 11.5
20 Mary Grace Hilliard 70 10.5
21 Isaac Lee 69 10.5
22 Samantha Lai 68.75 10.5
23 Luke Yan 70 10
24 Arianna Chan 69.25 9.5
25 Jennifer Yu 69 9.5

Given that adjudicators awarded speaker points relative to the overall quality of the debate, speaker points fluctuated greatly, and were not necessarily the best measure of ability. For this reason accumulation points were used to determine finalists at this competition.

SPARK March 29th Tournament Details

VENUE: Diocesans Boys School (Secondary division, there will be signs), 131 Argyle St, Mong Kok.

DATE/TIME: March 29th (Tomorrow), 8:00am – 6:30pm

DRESS CODE: Casual

ENTRY FEE: HKD$100 *per debater*, all proceeds go to Liberty Asia, an amazing cause. Lunch will be included

As always, all debates are impromptu. The easiest way to get to DBS is to walk a few minutes from Mong Kok East MTR station. We look forwards to seeing everyone tomorrow!

SPARK March 2014: Registration Now Open! [Closed]

Registration for SPARK’s March 2014 tournament is now open.

A friendly reminder to all debaters:

Eligibility

  • Participants must be secondary school students. (Y7-13, G6-12)
  • Participants should understand a SPARK debating tournament is quite demanding and evaluate their own skills before joining. Basic skills of motion interpretation, speech structures, rebuttal and clash analysis skills are required for one to participate.

Applying

  • Application starts on the 8th of March (Saturday) and ends on the 22nd of March (Saturday)
  • Debaters must register on an individual basis. There will be no pre-set teams.
  • Debaters are not allowed to register for others or register with preference of forming a team with another debater.
  • Debaters are NOT obliged to bring along an adjudicator, but we would welcome our debaters to suggest adjudicators.
  • Debaters should be reminded that there is a mandatory registration fee on the day of the event of $100 HKD, which will cover the cost of food.
  • Due to limited capacity, the quota of debater applicants will be capped at 60 debaters
  • Helpers to the tournament must also apply with the same method and do not need to pay a registration fee.
  • Please note that you must check an option on the application form to indicate whether you are applying as a debater or as a helper.

Detailed rules and adjudication guidelines can be found here

Application and location guidelines can be found here

Debaters, swing debaters and helpers may apply below:

Adjudicators may apply here

Further details about location and the rundown of the day will be published shortly.

For any queries, feel free to contact SPARK at spark.debating@gmail.com

Good luck and happy debating!

SPARK October 2013 Tournament Information Packs

SPARK’s October 2013 Information Packs have been released! To improve the readability of the packs, they have been divided into two:

1. The SPARK October 2013 Rules and Adjudication pack, which details how the debates will work and what criteria adjudicators will be judging debaters on.

2. The SPARK October 2013 Application and Location pack, which provides information on how to get to the tournament’s location (German Swiss International School) and more details on how to apply for SPARK, for those who have yet to sign up.

SPARK October 2013: Registration Now Open! [Closed]

Greetings debaters!

Registration for SPARK’s October 2013 tournament is now open.

A friendly reminder to all debaters:

Eligibility

  • Participants must be secondary school students. (Y7-13, G6-12)
  • Participants should understand a SPARK debating tournament is quite demanding and evaluate their own skills before joining. Basic skills of motion interpretation, speech structures, rebuttal and clash analysis skills are required for one to participate.

Applying

  • Application starts on the 21st of September (Saturday) and ends on the 5th of October (Saturday)
  • Debaters must register on an individual basis. There will be no pre-set teams.
  • Debaters are not allowed to register for others or register with preference of forming a team with another debater.
  • Debaters are NOT obliged to bring along an adjudicator, but we would welcome our debaters to suggest adjudicators.
  • Debaters should be reminded that there is a mandatory registration fee on the day of the event of $100 HKD, which will cover the cost of food.
  • Due to limited capacity, the quota of debater applicants will be capped at 60 debaters.
  • Helpers to the tournament must also apply with the same method and do not need to pay a registration fee.
  • Please note that you must check an option on the application form to indicate whether you are applying as a debater or as a helper.

Detailed rules and adjudication guidelines can be found here

Interested debaters and those who would like to help at the tournament may apply here

Adjudicators may apply here

Further details about location and the rundown of the day will be published shortly.

For any queries, feel free to contact SPARK at spark.debating@gmail.com

Good luck and happy debating!

New Organization Committee!

After a lot of discussion and careful deliberation the SPARK executive committee has drawn a final short list of excelling young debaters and leaders, that will join us during the 2013-14 school year and continue to build and grow the SPARK success story.

The new organization committee for SPARK 2013-2014 are as follows:

  • Nicole Liu
  • James Ng Yuey Hei
  • Angelina Li
  • Bianca Chan
  • Angel Cheung
  • Hilary Lok
  • Michelle Lam
  • Eleanor Yung
  • Eliot Chen
  • Cody Wang
  • Rachel Lin
  • Keith Anto

2013-14 Organization Board Applications and SPARK’s First Birthday!

On this date last year, SPARK Debating held its first ever tournament, and since then we have come a long way, now having held three tournaments, each better than the last.

Now, we invite all to join us in our journey and apply to join the SPARK Organization Board of the 2013-14 school year! All candidates that will still be attending high school during this period are welcome, although we are specifically looking for people with solid experience in debating, MUN and in leadership roles.

To apply, simply fill in this form here: http://bit.ly/165L3AX

Application deadlines will end on Saturday June 15th, after which SPARK Debating will create a short-list of final candidates, who will be invited to a final interview with the current organizational board. After this, successful candidates will be informed and will be invited to join the SPARK crew!

If you have any queries, please leave them on our Facebook page, in the comments below or in our inbox at spark.debating@gmail.com

Thank you for joining Spark’s Spring Tournament of 2013!

Thank you to everyone who has come to debate, adjudicate and help out in the Spark Debating Organization’s 2013 Spring Tournament! It has been an amazing day, and we have seen debates and debaters of excellent quality.

In particular, we would like to congratulate the tournament Champion Eleanor Yung of SPCC, Runner-up Cheung Lok Him of St. Stephen’s College, Second Runner-up Vanessa Ma of DGS and the winner of the Aspiring Debater Award, Sarika Mahbubani of Renaissance College!

In addition, we have released the list of Top 30 Speakers here on our WordPress site:

SPARK Top 30 Speakers

Thank you and don’t forget to stay tuned to our updates!

Registered Debaters for the 3rd Spark Debating Tournament

Thank you to all those who signed up for Spark Debating’s 2013 Spring Tournament!

Please be noted that the following have been registered as debaters:

Alex Yeung DBS
Denise Wong GSIS
Joshua Wang YCIS
Jerry Chang GSIS
Thomas Yeon YWC
Yau Yung Jonathan Hsu DBS
Vivienne Wong MCS
Wesley Law DBS
Eleanor Yung SPCC
Valkyrie Suen SPCC
Tiffany Tang DGS
Ernest Law DBS
Samuel Jun Ren THOO ICS
Samantha Lai DGS
Christy Wong SPCC
Vanessa Ma DGS
Stephanie Lui DGS
Ming Yan Lee CIS
Siddharth Bajpai HKIS
Edward Mak KGV
King Lun Yeung QC
Hoi Lam Karen Wong SPCC
Pradyumn Dayal GSIS
Sarthak Bajpai HKIS
Jimin Kang CIS
Justin Wei GSIS
Eliot Chen GSIS
Keith Anto LSC
Chenxi Cody Wang LSC
Ho Yee Lai St. Francis Canossian College
Rosanna Lee St. Francis Canossian College
Ryan Cheng YCIS
Claudia Leung Renaissance College
Miguel Borje Renaissance College
Kwai Lok Tsoi Renaissance College
Nelson Lam QC
Jennifer Yu STC
Sarika Mahbubani Renaissance College
Theodore Tsang LSC
Kei Hang Chan YCIS
Yau King Siu CIS
Alan Wong SPCC
Isaac Chung Raimondi College
Ashley wing shan Ma Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Lok Him Cheung St Stephen’s College
Yu Yeung St. Francis Canossian College
Nikhil Nagarkar STC
Amanda Sin GSIS
WIlliam Wong DBS
Sahil Mohnani Delia School of Canada
Jasper Lim DBS
Anselm Au LSC
Hilary Chan DGS
Kay Cheng ICS
Isaac Chan ICS
Natalie So ICS

Also please be noted that the following has been registered as helpers:

Gabrielle Ho St. Stephen’s Girl’s College
Hampton Tao SPCC
Isaac Lau STC
Evangeline Tsui SPCC
Wai Yin Alexander Wong LSC
Natalie Fung
Vanessa Lee SPCC
Prudence Cheung SPCC
Sharma Simon LSC

Please arrive at DBS promptly at 8:00 on the 6th April. Refer back to our information pack for more details!

Exposure. Fun. Spontaneity.

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