Students' Success at European Youth Parliament
Strong performance from Sixth Form debaters – with Holly Lamb picked to represent the UK!
Sixth Form debater Holly Lamb has been picked to represent the UK at an international session of a prestigious debating competition later this year. Holly received the request following a strong performance in the four-day national final of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) competition at Liverpool Hope University this summer.
The 17 year old was a member of the seven-strong Kimbolton team who represented East Anglia at the event, which brought together over 140 delegates from 12 other schools across the UK, plus two guest schools from Sweden and Portugal. The would-be MEPs had all reached this stage after winning one of 12 regional stages of the competition.
This year’s final took the theme ‘Empowering Europeans: encouraging participation, cooperation and innovation’.IThe final initially involved a full ten-hour day of committee work, during which a number of key issues were researched, and resolutions written. These resolutions, on topics including the prospect of a cashless society, cyber security, childcare policies across the EU and the varying conditions of European prisons, were then debated at length over Saturday and Sunday.
Our team of Angus Duncan, Grace Jessop, Ben King, Holly Lamb, Pippa Lowe, Kiana Stokes and Annabel Tompson all impressed the judges with their debating skills and were commended for their thorough preparation and research.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at Kimbolton, said: “We are extremely proud of our whole debating team – they performed with great credit over a rigorous weekend, with some excellent speeches in particular from Grace, Ben and Annabel. Holly made consistently good and relevant points in the debates and her subsequent invitation to represent the UK at an EYP session abroad is fully deserved. Well done to all of you!”