The Elmore Stoutt High School’s debate team has secured a spot in the finals of the Regional National Tourism Debate competition after delivering a historic defeat to Jamaica’s Knox College in the semifinals on Friday.

Representing the British Virgin Islands, the talented trio of Adrianne Thomas, Naomi Onwufuju, and Kande Richardson amassed an impressive 1038 points, surpassing Jamaica’s 996 points. This score is now the highest ever recorded in the history of the competition.

Adrianne Thomas, who recently earned the title of Junior Ambassador of Tourism, led the team as the Prime Minister. Naomi Onwufuju, the 2023 Junior Ambassador of Tourism, took on the role of Deputy Prime Minister, while Kande Richardson served as the Third Member of the House of Assembly. Together, they effectively proposed a motion arguing that the development of artificial intelligence poses a significant threat to the cybersecurity of Caribbean nations.

Here’s a look at Thomas’ opening remarks in favour of the moot.

Richardson added to Thomas’s remarks by delivering further points to support the team’s argument.

Onwufuju who is known for delivering impressive rebuttals certainly did not disappoint.  

Their compelling arguments and seamless teamwork not only earned them a record-breaking score but also a well-deserved place in the finals, where they will face off against the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Elmore Stoutt High School community and supporters across the British Virgin Islands are eagerly anticipating the upcoming final round, where Thomas, Onwufuju, and Richardson aim to bring home the championship title.