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St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

A Successful 2009 for the Brunner Debating Society

The Brunner Debating Society has been putting itself on the map in 2009, and has shaken up the debating world as only ‘Team Brunswick Street’ can. In only the second year of its existence, the society can boast of a Maynooth University individual champion in Michael Thomas. The school has also provided Leinster finalists in the Debating Science Issues competition.


Michael’s excellent speaking skills have brought him and St. Paul’s CBS major success this year. It was an interesting final where the government’s response to the country’s health system was in question. Michael has already begun his defence of the title and qualified for the second round while defending the government (a tough task indeed!)


We here at the Brunner are also proud of Nonito Barbero and Michael Thomas who were gallant runners-up in the Leinster Debating Science. They were narrowly pipped to the title. However, they performed excellently, and were skilfully backed by the research team of Juljano Kapllani, Andrius Milius and Lyon Kawundula.


The science debating competition was created to open up students’ eyes to the big science talking points such as stem-cell research and nanotechnology. It is a highly interesting competition and one that is open to fifth year science students.


It was an all-round successful year for St. Paul’s and honourable mentions must go to Mark Fitzsimons and Mark Higgins who both progressed in the Trinity College competition and did themselves and the school proud. Stephen Kelly, Stephen Cleary and A.J. Javelosa all spoke excellently for the school.


Here’s to another successful year for the Brunner Debating Team!


Written by Mr. Stynes.

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