Since 1991 Bermuda has participated each year in the World Schools Debate Competition. The highest level of senior school debate in the world, the BDS is proud to sponsor the national team as they represent Bermuda each year.

The team will be competing at the 2020 Online WSDC taking place in summer 2020, as well as the 2020 Mexico WSDC which was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Cree Dunn

BHS

Cree is a recent graduate of Bermuda High School having completed the International Baccalaureate program. Involved in activities across the academic and athletic spectrum, Cree has also received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award following an expedition in Africa.

Ywione Darrell

Saltus

Fluent in French, Ywione attends Saltus Grammar School where he is the Head Boy, a Gold Key Ambassador, is captain of the Senior debate team, and assists with coaching both the Middle and Senior debate teams. He is also is the social media coordinator for BLM Bermuda, a 2020 Alpha Beau, and plays football (as goalkeeper).

Hailey O’Donnell

BHS

Hailey just completed her first year of the International Baccalaureate program at Bermuda High School, and took the top speaker award at the 2019 Heart of Europe Tournament in addition to her team placing second overall. Outside of debate Hailey plays tennis, volunteers at Northlands Primary School, and is currently pursuing her D of E Gold Award.

Genevieve Lau

BHS

Gen is in her second year of the International Baccalaureate program at Bermuda High School and has competed in debate both locally and internationally, taking second place with her teammates at the 2019 Heart of Europe Debate Tournament, and ranking as third best speaker overall. In addition to debate, Gen is an avid sailor and dancer.

McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett

Warwick Academy

McKenzie is a member of the Debate and Public Speaking Team, Student Council, Human Rights Committee, School Band, and was recently appointed Head Girl at Warwick Academy. She is a Youth Parliamentarian, having served as Youth Premier, and is involved in the Future Leaders Programme.

Coy Kijaun Millett

Team Coach

Coy took over as coach of the Bermuda National Debate Team in 2019. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he finds it rewarding to train young critical thinkers to use research and their intellect to articulate convincing arguments; an invaluable lifelong skill. Coy has been debating since he was 9, is an alumni of Warwick Academy, and is a former Worlds debater (’10, Qatar).

Jacari Brimmer-Landy

Assistant Coach

A former and avid debater, Jacari attended Saltus and represented Bermuda at Worlds in 2008 (Washington), 2009 (Athens), and 2010 (Qatar). A graduate of the University of Toronto and City, University of London, Jacari is an Associate at one of Bermuda’s leading law firms, and uses his legal background as well as technical debate skills to equip students with the tools necessary to debate effectively.

Debate was the most critical tool for my personal, academic and professional development. It helped me to learn to think critically and analytically by helping me to see both sides of an argument. I credit debate with helping me to be successful in obtaining scholarships, doing well on interviews, negotiating various agreements, planning and developing strategy.

Collin Anderson
WSDC 1995 (Wales)

WSDC ALUMNI

DEBATERS

Alison Dyer (’91)

Colm Singleton (’91)

Michael Pearson (’91)

Carolyn Thomas (’91)

Janita Burke (’92)

Michelle Correia (’92 & ’93)

N Koshea Scott Millett (’92)

Charles Sousa (’92)

Tariq Smith (’93)

Chen Foley (’93 & ’94)

Rachael Barritt (’93)

Gina Bassett (’94)

Jennifer Burland (’94 & ’95)

Stacey Barnum (’94)

Edmund Robinson (’94)

Collin Anderson (’95)

Selena Mello (’95)

Nicholas Pacheco (’95)

Eugene Johnston (’97)

Rashan Smith (’97)

Trevor Leitch (’97 & ’98)

Jennifer Rhind (’97 & ’98)

Vincent Richardson (’98)

Ian Ostroff-Striffler (’98)

Jordan Zancanella (’97, ’98 & ’99)

Ryan Marshall (’99)

Kalilah Robinson (’99)

Eli Lipschultz (’99 & ’00)

Ruth O’Kelly-Lynch (’99 & ’00)

Christie Hunter (’00, ’01 & ’02)

Christine Mayor (’00 & ’01)

Aziza Ahad (’01 & ’02)

Zahra Muhammad (’01 & ’02)

Sarita Ebbin (’02 & ’03)

Krystl Assan (’03)

Richard Hillen (’03 & ’04)

Shaunee James (’03 & ’04)

Akilah Beckles (’04 & ’05)

Madeleine Gardner (’04)

Mich’ele Smith (’05)

Claire Kelly (’05 & ’06)

Patrick Suter (’05)

Janita DeBraga (’05)

Blake Sonnenfeld (’06 & ’07)

Michelle Kelly (’06, ’07, ’08 & ’09)

Adrienne Smatt (’06)

Adam Kiki-Charles (06 & ’07)

Sasha Slayton (’07)

Aliyyah Ahad (’07)

Jacari Brimmer-Landy (’08, ’09 & ’10)

Catherine Campbell (’08)

Nikki-Lynn Marshall (’08 & ’09)

Nicholas Rinehimer (’08 & ’09)

Ellisse Johnston (’09)

Arielle Desilva (’10)

Coy Kijaun Millett (’10)

Eoin McMahon (’10)

Jordon Osbourne (’10)

Marcus Bean (’11 & ’12)

Michael Cabot (’11 & ’12)

Glenn Simmons (’11)

Shannon Denham (’12)

Daniel Pell (’12)

Nicholas Pell (’13)

William Campbell (’13)

Jashonae Smith-Tannock (’13)

Lucien Anderson (’15)

Megan Sutcliffe (’15, ’16 & ’17)

Kimika Jackson (’15)

Namrata Bisht (’15 & ’16)

Asha Symonds (’16, ’17 & ’18)

Bathsheba Jones (’16)

Tyrese Coakley (’17 & ’18)

Yasser Saia (’17)

Sierra Brangman (’17 & ’18)

Halle Teart (’18)

Ywione Darrell (’20 Online)

Hailey O’Donnell (’20 Online)

Genevieve Lau (’20 Online)

McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett (’20 Online)

COACHES

Ziad Dajani (’92)

Karen Purdie (’93 & ’94)

Gladstone Thompson (’95 – ’00, ’02, ’09, ’11, ’13, ’15)

Linda Parker (’01)

Corey Butterfield (’03 – ’05)

Trevor Leitch (’06 & ’07)

Christianna (Hiles) Dakin (’08, ’10 & ’12)

Akilah Beckles (’16 – ’17)

Glenn Simmons (’18)

Coy Kijaun Millett (’20 Online – present)

JUDGES

Elizabeth Virgo (’93, ’95 & ’97 – ’99)

Mary Murray (’99 & ’02)

Chris Harris (’99)

Trevor Leitch (’03 & ’04)

Nicholas Pacheco (’06)

Christina Mayor (’06)

Christie Hunter (’06)

Jennifer Haworth (’07)

Calvin Thomas (’08)

Susan Panchaud (’09)

Richard Hillen (’10 & ’13)

Aziza Ahad (’10)

Marisa Sharpe (’11 & ’12)

Akilah Beckles (’14)

Aliyyah Ahad (’14)

Arleen Swan (’15)

Christianna Dakin (’16)

Wanda Gibson (’17)

Gladstone Thompson (’18)

Amy Dingley-Jones (IA – ’20 Online)

Meishka Zuill (’20 Online)