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King Edward VI School celebrate after double triumph in speaking competition at the Lichfield Guildhall

A Lichfield school is celebrating after claiming top prize in debating contest.

The Michael Fabricant and Arthur Price of England Schools’ Speaking Competition saw King Edward VI School come out triumphant after arguing that the monarchy should be retained.

Simon Price (Managing Director, Arthur Price of England), Cian McDonagh, Jessica Sohl, Jay Kara, Michael Fabricant MP, and Tim Wadsworth (President, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad)

Simon Price (Managing Director, Arthur Price of England), Cian McDonagh, Jessica Sohl, Jay Kara, Michael Fabricant MP, and Tim Wadsworth (President, Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad)

The contest took place at the Lichfield Guildhall and followed Parliamentary lines.

“Both the monarchy in general and King Edward VI in particular won out,” Mr Fabricant said.

“This year’s competition was historic in many ways. Firstly it was the 25th anniversary of the competition. And secondly, it was the only year where it had to be postponed for two weeks because of the snow – but the schools and I wanted it to go ahead.

“This year we chose a particularly controversial, if not treasonous, motion ‘That this House believes the British Monarchy should be abolished’.

“Two schools argued for the motion and three schools argued against. The judges, of which I am not one, awarded marks for the presentation of the speakers and not on whether or not they personally agreed with the arguments.”

King Edward VI School’s opener was Jay Cara, the main proposer who also answered the judges’ questions was Jessica Sohl, and the student who summed up the arguments was Cian McDonagh.

The best speaker of the whole competition, who could have come from any of the schools participating , not just the winning team, was Jessica, who plans to train as a doctor at Imperial in London.

Mr Fabricant added: “My thanks go to the brilliant students who participated and the hard working teachers who coached them and encouraged them on the night.”

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