As fans of ‘Friday Night Lights’ would know, in most of America (the red bits, that is), the biggest night of the year is the first high-school football game of the season. Bright lights, parades, homecoming queen, an impressive range of pulled pork delicacies… the whole shebang. At St. Conleth’s, the equivalent is the start of the Debating Season. And though we may not believe in all that razzmatazz, Chef Mark does cut a pretty smokin’ pulled pork sandwich, and it is very clear that debating is as essential to St. Conleth’s as the School Concert, ‘Colts vs. Crocs’, Ann Cramp and the Tuck Shop! Well, the Junior Leinster’s started last Thursday and from the opening kick-off, we knew that the Conlethian Debating Dynasty is here to stay. With Head Coach Conor ‘Belichick’ White in charge, there really was never any doubt. The Power Twins (Evan and Oisin) topped the tab, opposing the motion “That this house would abolish advertising aimed at children”, vanquishing such storied opponents as Loretos Dalkey and On the Green (the Dallas Cowboys of schools debating) and Belvedere College. And the other members of the team did very well indeed, and, again, against some stiff competition: Joymarita Ratinikanth, Trevor Bolger, Coleman Hegarty and Daragh Sweeney. Their motion was “THW: Remove the voting age in exchange with a voting test’. Stay tuned for news of the Juniors’ second round and debut of our Senior Team. This just in: The Twin Powers (Evan and Oisin) debated again over the weekend, placing in the top 10 (of 64 teams) in the first round of the National Junior Mace competition!