Monday, September 3, 2012

Binus International Wins JFF, First Domestic Trophy in 2012

Powerhouse Binus International may have won a trophy abroad last May but snatching a domestic title had been an elusive task this year until its debaters triumphed in the 2012 Just For Fun debates at Universitas Indonesia yesterday. Calling themselves "Bipeds Fusion", Invi Atmanegara and Wilson Salim successfully defended the motion "Assuming the technology is feasible, THBT the state should resurrect citizens even without family consent" from Opening Government and clinched the title. The other finalists were schoolmates Jaran Walia & Melissa Irene (Chindians), a pair from Institut Teknologi Bandung - Rifan Ibnu Rahman & Jane Revevalin (Barnabas Collins) and composite team of UI's Dennys Kapa and Cheryl Nazik Cosslett from SMA 1 Bogor who called themselves "Rekall".

Cheryl, a member of Team Indonesia in the last WSDC, showed age does not matter too much in debating with her achievement. It had been years since a high school student last reached the final of a top-level nationwide open tournament. JFF 2012 might be a "fun" debate with outlandish motions but it attracted a number of debaters with previous championship and best speaker titles. One of them was Cindy Fransisca from Universitas Atma Jaya who topped the individual tab in the end. She debated with reigning national champion Sabarudin Adinugroho from Binus University under the name "Peranakan Tiong Hoa". Their journey ended in the semifinal.   

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