I'll tell later. (Aren't I a sadist?)
Anyway, we discovered that we were the ONLY non-fully governmental school there. The others were all MRSMs, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, or Sekolah Menengah Sains. So there I was, fully expecting to get screwed (again) because our speeches had been prepared the night before.
The semi final topic hadn't even been discussed! And these schools typically employ powerful points, backed up with a carpet bomb of facts and figures. Plus, they smile when they speak too.
Michaelian debaters will know that I'm usually the mad one in a temper on stage.
But we managed to keep our cool, and thanks to wonderful last minute preparations and spectators (they helped us prepare for the semis while we debated in the 3rd round- it was conducted a la round robin), plus the fact that we- especially me- toned down the hard, fast style.
(I smiled & spoke gently in a debate for the first time! Ever!)
We won all four rounds, and qualified for the finals! Those are on March 3, which means I'll be skipping exams!
We're up against MCKK, and if we keep up the new and improved style, we can win! About time we won something, too...
A big thank you to everyone who helped, especially Mr. Rajan, the spectators (my brothers and Thomas Liew) and the reserve speaker (Frederick Pereira)- who also drained the battery of the speakers' iPod, DSLR camera and Acer laptop. God bless you all. Wish us luck!!