Margaret Heffernan once said, "For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.".

This quote held true for the students participating in ‘Have Your Say’, an Interschool Economics and Commerce Debate Competition hosted by Sophia High School on the 4th of July,2015.

The Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Alexander. The three esteemed judges for the event were Mr. Joshi, Ms. Sunita and Ms Gopinath. Our moderators for the event were Vishaka George and Vidushi Marda, former Sophiates, well known for their unparalled debating skills.

The day began with the lighting of the lamp by our Principal Sr. Alpana, the Chief Guest and our Judges. This was followed by a speech by our Chief Guest which invigorated our participants to give the competition their best shot and kindled an undying fire in them.

Mr. Alexander lighting the lamp.

The debate was well attended, with 13 schools from all over Bangalore participating, including Bala Panchanathan and Visalakshi Sreedharan from Sophia.

The topic for the first round was ‘Can industrialization and social empowerment go hand in hand? ‘. The contestants debated and deliberated with much fervour and were questioned incessantly by their contemporaries and judges alike.

A student from Vidya Shilp expounding the validity of his speech.

Of the thirteen schools, four schools advanced to the next round. These schools were St. Joseph’s Pre-University College, Delhi Public School – East, Bishop Cottons Boys’ School and National Public School – Indiranagar.

This was followed by a short break for tea and the qualifying participants were allotted half an hour to prepare for the next round, the topic being ‘ Eurozone is here to stay ‘.

One of the participants of the second round from NPS-Indiranagar.

The contestants debated fiercely and were asked by the judges to justify their stance. The overall winners of the competition were Sabeel Mehkri and Vishesh Guru from St. Joseph’s Pre-University College. The runners up were Anmol Kapur and Tarush Awasthi of Delhi Public School – East. The best speaker of the day was awarded to Sabeel Mehkri who enthralled the audience with his eloquence. The day ended with the distribution of prizes to the winners.

The audience at the debate left the auditorium enlightened about the economic policies and structures of different countries and realized that the economic decisions of a few in power had the ability to make or break the world.