BAYAN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT/
KFSAC 2003
DEBATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS



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2003 GES Triumphs in Closest BIT Ever!
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KDL Comes Season Comes to a Exciting
Close With GES Tournament Victory.



The Kuwait Debate League (KDL) season came to yet another dramatic conclusion, photo-finish conclusion as the Gulf English School (GES) claimed its first national debate championship.

In doing so, it defeated Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS) in a tough final match fought at BBS, the KDL's sponsor school as well as Fahaheel Wataniyeh Indian Private Schools (FAIPS), the defending national champions and current reigning KDSC (Kuwait Debate School), British-style, champion.

The following article appeared in The Kuwait Times regardig this event.



Gulf English School Wins Fourth Annual
Kuwait Debate League Championship

Gulf English School recoreded its first varsity and junior varsity debate national championships in a dramatic double win at the Kuwait Debate League/Bayan Invitational Tournament hosted by Al-Bayan Bilingual School on April 16th. GES, after coming in second in both 2000 and 2001 and third in 2002, overcame strong opposition to win in both divisions triumphing over not only over perennial contender BBS but also reigning British-style debate champion, Fahahaheel Wataineh Indian Private School.

Haithem in action for GES.


Hamad listens for BBS.


Early on, indeed, it appeared that BBS, who posted the best season record, would win the event as it outscored its opponents 14-12-6 after two rounds, with FAIPS debates completed, and GES in third place. This set the stage for GES's A and B matches against BBS. When GES swept both matches, it became the winner of the preliminary rounds. As per league rules, the second- place school, BBS needed to win both ballots on the final. In a match which both judges described as "extremely close," the two schools split, leaving GES as champions.



Haithem makes a point for GES.


GES's B team of Haithem Abdel Motal and Safayet Ahmed received the award for the top squad while its A team of Roshan Jacob and Abdul-Hameed Al-Sayegh came in third. In addition, Haithm came in first among all speakers. FAIPS A squad of Prena Bang and Shilpi Verna came in second among with squads with Prena receiving a second place and Shilpi a fourth place speaker award. BBS's team of Abdullah Asousi and Khaled Shahroor came in fourth among squads with Khaled tying Prena for the second place speaker award. Abdullah Al Asousi (5th) and Hamad Al-Essa (6th) also received speaker awards for BBS.



The final event marked the end of an extremely challenging KDL season. Two practice weeks took place against the background of heavy sandstorms while the final practice week ended only eight hours before the beginning of US-Iraq hostilities. The War caused an additional delay in hosting the tournament, one of the very few student activities proceeding during the spring season.

Commented League Coordinator Daniel R. Fruit:

"This was an extremely tough year to hold debates. I congratulate GES on their well- earned victories and all students on sucessful completion of this season."



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VARSITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
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TOP SCHOOL

FINAL MATCH

GES (Abdul-Hameed/Haithem) defeats BBS (Saja/Khaled) on a split ballot ballot.

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SCHOOL RECORDS
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School Rankings-Prelims
1 GES 20
2 BBS 14
3 FAIPS 12
Total 46


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TOP DEBATERS*
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averages only

Award Winners = numbers 1-6
1 Haithem Abdel Motal 26.3
2 Prena Bang 22.3
2 Khaled Shahroor 22.3
4 Shilpi Verma 22.1
5 Abdullah Al Asousi 22
6 Hamad Al-Essa 21.4
7 Safayet Ahmed 21
8 Abdul-Hameed Al Sayegh 20.3
9 Saaed Yaeeish 19
10 Saja Fakhral-Deen 18.5
10 Muneera Nibari 18.5
10 Rohan Mathur 18.5
13 Khaled Al-Rubei 18
14 Vinod Ramakrishnan 16.8
15 Roshan Jacob 16.6
16 Aruba Taher 14.5

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TOP SQUADS
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(points and speaker average)
Award winners=1-4
1 GES B: Safayet/Hathem 12 98
2 FAIPS A: Shipi/Prena 12 86.8
3 GES A: Roshan/Abdul-Hameed 8 73.8
4 BBS B: Abdullah/Khaled 6 88
5 BBS A: Hamad/Khaled 4 78.8
6 BBS C: Muneera/Saja 4 74
7 FAIPS B: Vinod/Rohan 0 85.3
8 GES C: Aruba/Saaed 0 72



Round by Round Results*

(In all cases but one, the winner is on the left. The number of points per side are in parenthesis)


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ROUND ONE
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BBSA Khaled/Hamad splits with FAIPSA Shilpi/Prena
BBSB Khaled/Abdullah defeats FAIPSB Rohan/Vinod
BBSC Saja/Khaled defeat GESC Uroba/Saaed
GESJV1 Noor/Dana defeat BBSJV1 Sirene/Fatma

Points
BBS-12
FAIPS-4
GES-0


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ROUND TWO
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Tournament Round 2 FAIPSA Shilpi/Prerna defeats GESA Abdul-Hameed/Roshan
GESB Safayet/Haithem defeats FAIPSB Rohan/Vinod
BBSC Saja/Khaled defeat GESC Uroba/Saaed (on affirmative)
BBSJV2 Abdullah/Ahmad defeatGESJV2 Mary/Caroline

Points
FAIPS-8
GES-6
BBS-2

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ROUND THREE
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Tournament Round 3 GESA Roshan/Abdul-Hameed defeat BBSA Khaled/Hamad
GESB Safayet/Haithem defeat BBSB Khaled/Abdullah
GESJV2 Mary/Caroline defeat BBSJV1 Sirene/Fatma
BBSJV2 Abdullah/Ahmad defeat GESJV1 Dana/Noor

Points
GES-14
FAIPS-0
BBS-0





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JUNIOR VARSITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
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The junior varsity portion of the event proved equally close. Since both BBS and GES junior varsities each won two matches out of four, only the slightly higher speaker totals for GES made them the victors. BBS's Ahmad Al-Shamari and Abdullah Behbehani received recognition as the top JV squad with GES's Mary Ghobrial and Caroline Emeil coming in second. Mary (1st) and Caroline (3rd) also received speaker awards with BBS's Fatema Boukhadour coming in second.


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Round One
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Round 1
GESJV1 Noor/Dana defeat BBSJV1 Sirene/Fatma

Points
GES JV 1
BBS JV 0

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Round Two
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Round 2
BBSJV2 Abdullah/Ahmad defeatGESJV2 Mary/Caroline
Points
BBS JV 1
GES JV 0

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Round Three
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Round 3:
GESJV2 Mary/Caroline defeat BBSJV1 Sirene/Fatma
BBSJV2 Abdullah/Ahmad defeat GESJV1 Dana/Noor Points
BBS JV 1
GES JV 1

GES wins by virtue of having a higher overall number of points.


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Junior Varsity Records
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1 GES Junior Varsity 1 1 82.5
2 BBS Junior Varsity 1 1 80


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TOP DEBATERS
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Top 1-2 receive awards

1 Mary Ghobrial 24
2 Fatema Boukhadour 25
3 Caroline Emeil 21.3
4 Abdullah Behbehani 20.5
5 Dana Karam 19.5
6 Sirene Saddedin 19.6
7 Nour Hassan 17.8
8 Ahmad Al Shamari 17.5

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SQUAD RANKINGS
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Top squad receives awards

1 BBSJV2: Ahmad/Abdullah 100 76
2 GESJV2: Mary Caroline 50 90.5
3 GESJV1: Dana/Noor 50 74.5
4 BBSJV1: Sirene/Fatema 0 83.8


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Special Thanks
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Prena Bang operated as league secretary. Also she acted as liason with the CBSE schools.

Also Ghazi Al-Sharhan, Talal Al-Rashoud, and Yousef Dashti helped with judging all season.



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