Great Debate Final 2016/17

"How did the First World War affect me and my community?"

By Maheema Chanrai, published 1st March 2017

The final of the Historical Association's Great Debate public-speaking competition will take place on Saturday 11 March 2017 at the Imperial War Museum, London. The final will see 19 historians aged 16-18 - each the victor of their own regional heat - compete in a test of historical argument and acumen. Students will present for five minutes on the subject "How did the First World War affect me and my community?" and then answer questions from our panel of judges, which will be chaired by Professor David Stevenson FHA.

The finalists are:

Student School Heat 
Amy Brookes Barr Beacon School Birmingham
Bella Priestman-Bennett Sandringham School North London
Bethan Thomas Pipers Corner School Oxford
Bowie Adams Folkestone School for Girls Canterbury
Cai Fon Davies Ysgol Tryfan North Wales
Emily Hall Bishop Luffa School Chichester
Evelyn Dunne Scoil Phobail Bhéara Limerick
Finn Ranson  Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School Sheffield
Francis Simmons Biddenham School Northampton
Hannah Boyle Benton Park School Bradford
Harry Swindin William Farr School Lincoln
Josh Fernandes Fulford School York
Kieran Hannam St Robert of Newminster School Durham
Matilda Harrison  Norwich High School for Girls Norfolk
Oscar Duffy Tiffin School Central London
Rahul Patel Leicester Grammar School Nuneaton
Sam Hunt Reed's School West Surrey
Shauna Callahan The Mary Erskine School Edinburgh
Sophia Arora Withington Girls' School Manchester
Taylor Tumbridge  Carshalton Boys Sports College South London

The victorious student will be awarded a prize of £150 and resources for their school worth £300 sponsored by Hodder Education. Each of the finalists will receive one year's free Student membership of the Historical Association.