Marist Nyanga High School are this year’s Nugget National Schools Senior Debate League Champions, as this year's Nugget National Schools Debate League season comes to a dramatic end. This year's tournament began at provincial level where Nyanga High defeated St Faith’s Boys’ High to qualify for the national quarter finals.
Marist Nyanga displayed a fine blend of eloquence and intellectualism in a tightly contested round of senior quarter-final sessions. That made Nyanga qualify for the national semi-final where we faced Gifford High from Bulawayo Province.The motion for the semi-final debate was: “This house believes that the Euro will ultimately fail.”The dabate was highly entertaining as Nyanga High walked off the stage as the winner, the best speaker being Simbarashe Murondoti.
From the other session, Marist Kutama emerged as the winner. That meant this year's Nugget National Senior final pitted two brother schools, Marist Nyanga and Marist Kutama. The motion for this debate was: “This house believes that developing nations should not follow the Western model of development.” A fine display of cross-examinations by Mr Shingai Nhutsve and wonderful rebuttal by Mr Kudzanai Muranda gave Marist Nyanga a clear upper hand, not to mention the evidence work by Mr Tafadzwa Madziva. The occasion was graced by Zimbabwe Newspapers Editorial Executive Mr William Chikoto, who pledged to support debating in schools. Also present was the Nash Headmaster-In-Charge Mr Silas Ndlovu, who openly supported this programme. At the end of the day Marist Kutama had 221 points and Marist Nyanga won the day with 230 points, the best speaker being Mr Simbarashe Murondoti. Speaking on behalf of Nugget during the presentation of prizes, Mr Zvongouya said Nugget has always been and shall always be faithful to polishing and moulding leaders of tomorrow.
He went on to acknowledge the excellent sponsorship and support that Nugget offers to debating in Zimbabwe schools. Asked to comment on the success of the Nyanga High debate team, Mr Nyamagwada, the patron, said that “This was only the beginning”