Monday, September 29, 2014

UI Debaters Win Their First Varsity at NDC-NES 2014

After a number of varsity-level grand final appearances, debaters of #3 Universitas Indonesia B (Gabriel Charlotte & Revaldi Wirabuana) finally triumphed today in the 2014 National Debating Competition-National Economic Seminar at Universitas Padjadjaran. Revaldi Wirabuana, who is also the current president of UI's debating society, bagged the best speaker award to wrap up his victorious run while partner Gabriel Charlotte ranked 3rd on the individual list.

In the last debate, the former high school debating stars successfully defended the motion 'That This House Regrets the Establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community' from the position of closing government and defeated schoolmates #7 UI A (Boy Al-Idrus & Tanita Rahmani), #1 Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Erwina Salsabila & Noel Hasintongan) and #5 Institut Teknologi Bandung A (Aulia Widyaputra & Ferry Fernando).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NSDC 2014: Key Results

Champion: #1 Bali (I Gede Sthitaprajna Virananda, Yandiaz Maulana Siregar, Keila Ayu Anandasita)
Finalist: #3 Jawa Barat (Nabila Balkis, Sandy Sanjaya, Sarah Afifah)
Best Speaker: I Gede Sthitaprajna Virananda (Bali)

Top 10 Speakers

  1. I Gede Sthitaprajna Virananda (Bali/SMA 4 Denpasar)
  2. Yandiaz Maulana Siregar (Bali/SMA 4 Denpasar)
  3. Kevin Nicholas Chandra (Jawa Timur/SMA Gloria Surabaya)
  4. Nabila Balkis (Jawa Barat/SMA 5 Bandung)
  5. Agnes Amalia Guntara (Jawa Tengah/SMA Kalam Kusus Sukoharjo)
  6. Nadhif Agliandhana (Jawa Timur/SMA 3 Malang)
  7. Syarifah Aliyah Fitrisam (Sulawesi Tengah/SMA Al-Azhar Palu)
  8. Keila Ayu Anandasita (Bali/SMA 1 Denpasar)
  9. Alisa Namira Imani (Jakarta/SMA 28 Jakarta)
  10. Sandy Sanjaya (Jawa Barat/SMAK 1 BPK Penabur Bandung)  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bali Reclaims National School Title, Raids Speaker Awards

#1 Bali (Yandiaz Maulana, Jana Virananda, Keila Ayu) championed the 2014 National Schools Debating Championship that the province won two years ago. They were unbeaten in the preliminary stage and continued to eliminate opponents in the knockouts. Jana Virananda topped the speaker tab while Yandiaz Maulana came second. Both come from SMA 4 Denpasar, the powerhouse that supplied all the debaters who won NSDC 2012. Their team mate Keila Ayu is a student of cross-city rival SMA 1 Denpasar, the school from which Bali's unsuccessful 2013 team derived.

The 2013 failure led to no Bali representation in the 2014 national high school team after the two past teams each had two members from the province. There is now a big chance Bali will be prominently present again in Team Indonesia 2015 that will compete in next year's World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore. In the final yesterday, Bali defeated #3 West Java.    

Host IPB Wins Agricultural Debate, Beats UGM Favourites

Little known debaters from Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia's top agricultural school, showed thematic competency can ensure victory with their triumph in the Debate Competition on Environment and Agriculture that was held on their own campus yesterday. In the final, IPB A (Anwari Sugiharto & Adhi Pranata), who had failed to excel in past tournaments, defeated runaway favourite Universitas Gadjah Mada A (Caessar Pronocitro & Erwina Salsabila), both debaters have won prestigious awards for years, UGM B (Wida Wahyuni & Noel Hasintongan) and Universitas Indonesia A (Qurrat Abu Ayub & Ayu Sistiafi). This was the first time IPB championed a well-attended debate competition, let alone an international one.

The success in the final was no fluke because IPB debater Adhi Pranata also topped the individual tab and his partner Anwari Sugiharto came second on that list, showing their prominence in the preliminary rounds. In line with the competition's name, most debates had an agricultural theme. The winners were the only agricultural students in the final, in which they proposed the lifting of protectionist policies on agricultural products, an issue that they study at the university. The other finalists were international relations, french literature, biology and medical students.

Monday, September 15, 2014

UGM Wins Bawor for First Time, UI Debater Defends JFF Title

Bawor Cup 2014 Champ - UGM (Alif & Indri)
#1 Universitas Gadjah Mada (Alif Satria & Indriani Pratiwi) emerged as the winner of the 2014 Bawor Cup. It was the first time for the school to champion Purwokerto's annual debate, which has benefited from its past ties with the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate. WUPID stopped running last year. The winning debaters also came out as co-best speakers of the tournament. In the final on Sunday, they defeated #2 UI, #3 Binus University and host #8 EFEC Universitas Jenderal Soedirman C.

On the same day, Roderick Sibarani from Universitas Indonesia championed the Just For Fun debate for the second time in a row and also took home the funniest speaker award. On Sunday, he won the tournament with Magreta Kailla Adenta who was also his partner during the victorious run in this year's ALSA UI English Competition. JFF 2014 followed the tournament's tradition of having fantasy motions and had topics related to Disney. Magreta also topped the individual tab.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

DOTY 2014: UGM Pole Position No Longer Safe

Universitas Indonesia debaters, especially national champion and best speaker Dennys Kapa, are challenging the pole position in the 2014 Debater of the Year list that has been held by Universitas Gadjah Mada students since the start of this year. Dennys won the Jakarta Mini in July and the National Universities Debating Championship in August with different partners. The victories have propelled him to second place on the DOTY list with two points away from current leader Indriani Pratiwi from UGM. His NUDC partner, Aulia Anggita, is at fourth on the list.

The two UI speakers were not in the DOTY 2014 Top 10 in June due to their lack of competitive participation this year. The UI duo, who defeated UGM in the NUDC final, graduated a few days after becoming national champions but their scores from future debates will still be counted for DOTY until the end of 2014.

The current DOTY list combines results from July and August due to the low number of nationwide tournaments in those two months. From this priod, only results from NUDC and Jakarta Mini have been incorporated into the table. There is a flurry of competitions in September that started from a small competition in Semarang last week. But their results will be added at the end of the month. The full list can be accessed here.
  1. Indriani Pratiwi (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  2. Dennys Kapa (Universitas Indonesia)
  3. Romario Tambunan (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  4. Aulia Anggita (Universitas Indonesia)
  5. Melisa Irene (Binus International)
  6. Roderick Sibarani (Universitas Indonesia)
  7. Wida Wahyuni (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
  8. Aulia Widyaputra (Institut Teknologi Bandung)
  9. Cindy Fransisca (Universitas Atma Jaya)
  10. Erwina Salsabila (Universitas Gadjah Mada)