Darwin High teams triumph in Evatt

Three Darwin High School teams have claimed first, second and third place in the Territory round of the Evatt Competition, a national debating and diplomacy challenge conducted as a mock UN Security Council session.

Evatt aims to develop public speaking, negotiation and diplomacy skills in the participants, as they work in teams of two delegates to debate, amend, and vote on a resolution from the perspective of their allocated Member State of the UN Security Council.

The competition ran across all Darwin senior schools, encouraging solutions to issues of international security, human rights and current affairs.

The 12 Darwin High School students represented Egypt and the Russian Federation, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Senegal, France and Sweden.

New Zealand delegate Sam Roussos said Evatt involves “large amounts of strategy” and described the persuasion needed for the successful passage of their amendment as “exhilarating”.

Partnered with Alex Kurien, he added: “It was really nice to be able to get up and speak about an amendment we had suggested, and then have Alex scurry away to try and get people to vote with us.”

Alex Kurien described Evatt as a “great opportunity for me to engage in discussions about real world issues”.

“My main focus was negotiating with other teams and promoting amendments, whereas my team mate, who is better at speaking, focused on promoting resolutions to the Security Council.”

The school’s top two teams will represent the school, and the Territory, at this year’s national final in Canberra from 27 November to 3 December.

(Picture: Delegates from New Zealand, Sam Roussos and Alex Kurien (left) and Senegal, Joel Keith and Lachlan Anderson)

Darwin High teams triumph in Evatt