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3 Koreans Students Win Prestigious Debate Award in Europe
The Team Korea “Blue” members are Fred Lee (left), Erin Kim (right), and Lim Jeong-Yun. They won the final of the "Heart of Europe Debating Tournament" held in in Olomouc, Czech Republic on July 16, 2019.

Three young students from South Korea won the high-school student global debate competition in the grand final of "Heart of Europe Debating Tournament" held in Olomouc, Czech Republic on July 16, 2019.

The three students of Team Korea “Blue” are Fred Lee (North London Collegiate School Jeju, Year 10), Erin Kim (Asia Pacific International School, Grade 9), and Lim Jeong-Yun (Gwangnam Middle School, Grade 8) won the competition with a five to two ratio from the seven-judge panel.

The tournament was attended by numerous teams from countries around the world.

After eight preliminary rounds of debates, a total of eight teams were selected for elimination rounds.

Team Korea “Blue” faced Slovenia and the United Kingdom in the Quarter and Semi-Finals, where they unanimously won to reach the finals.

In the finals, the Korean participants debated against Bermuda and reached a rewarding victory.

The Heart of Europe Debating Tournament is the prestigious debating tournament in Europe established in 2001.

It is attended by a number of teams from all continents including Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.

The three Korean competitors had less than a year of debating experience, making their achievement even more impressive.

Unlike other foreign competitors whose first language is English, their first language is Korean. For them English is only their foreign and second language.

Debating is growing more and more important around the world as education in Asia still focuses on rigid instructions and a method of memorization,

However, debating is also becoming more important in South Korea as she is entering a new era of reinventing itself.




 

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