STUDENTS from Bodmin College will be representing Cornwall in the English Speaking Union's regional final next month.
Lucy Mackellar of Year 11, Emily Worth, Year 10, and Tom Worster of Year 11, competed against five other debating teams from Cornwall and Devon at Tavistock College and will now go forward to the next round at Blundell's School in Tiverton on March 9.
The students were judged on their ability to manage proceedings, present their ideas and their skill at asking probing questions.
First up for Bodmin was the team's main speaker, Lucy Mackellar, who impressively presented her opening five-minute speech without cue cards on the topic, 'The Sochi Olympics Should Be Boycotted'.
Her performance demonstrated her knowledge of the topic and Lucy's mature understanding of the issues surrounding her subject was further illustrated when she impressed judges with her well-formulated and intelligent answers to Kelly College's Will Bennett's testing questions.
In the final debate Bodmin College team chairman Emily Worth and questioner Tom Worster had to present alongside Kelly College speaker Jack Skinner, on the subject, 'We Should Fix Problems at Home Before Trying to Help Those in Developing Countries.''
Emily impressed judges with the calm way she handled proceedings while Tom Worster picked up points for his challenging questions and logical arguments.
Bodmin College and Kelly College scored the most marks and they will be representing their respective counties.
Bodmin College debating coach, Rebecca Stott was extremely proud of her team.
She said: "I have never seen a main speaker at an English Speaking Union competition deliver an opening speech without any notes, and when you consider Lucy Mackellar has never done a public speaking competition before it makes it all the more amazing.
"The whole team did exceptionally well."