Monday, April 30, 2012

ALSA UI E-Comp 2012: Foursma May Clinch Back-to-back Title Before Final

Two teams from reigning champion SMA 4 Denpasar, popularly known as Foursma, stormed into the semifinals of the 2012 ALSA UI E-Competition, the most prestigious school-based debate in Indonesia, after eliminating their challengers today. If these Bali debaters win their semifinal matches tomorrow, SMA 4 Denpasar will create several historical milestones. It would be the first high school that can take all spots in an ALSA UI final. It would also be the first high school to win back-to-back ALSA UI titles, even before the last debate.

The two Foursma teams broke first and second after 5 preliminary rounds, suggesting the speakers also are prominent on the individual tab. While they are hot favourites, Bali debaters are fully aware lady luck may vanish at the last moment. A previously undefeated Bali team, entirely consisting of Foursma students, fell short on a razor thin split decision in the final of the 2011 national championships and bowed to underdog Aceh. 

Semifinal Match Up:

#1 SMA 4 Denpasar B (Bali) vs. #4 SMA Tarakanita 2 (Jakarta)
#2 SMA 4 Denpasar A (Bali) vs. #3 SMA 3 Semarang (Central Java) 

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