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USU Open 2016


Dear Indonesian debaters….
On the land of freedom that our forefathers have fought for, we are blessed with the great nature.

In this blessed land, will you let racial, religion, and culture divide us?
We are groups of powerful, brave, and smart people. We are fighters, poets, singers, thinkers, philosophers, and we are … Debaters!!!

Let our voices be heard and our people thrive with their potential. Let our youth shakes the barriers that separated us!
We were great once, and now the horns are blown and the drums are rolling, a new call of greatness has been sung. Are you ready to break the barriers that stumble our growth and potentials?
Are you ready to make your voices heard and strong in this land of the brave and freedom?

Then, join us, the spirit of youth USU Open 2016 and let’s break the barriers and move forward!

Here’s our A-core list:

1. Magreta Kailla Adenta (UI)
* ESL Grandfinalist of WUDC 2016 Greece
* EFL Semifinalist and Best Speaker of ABP 2015 Malaysia
* Champion of Founder Trophy 2015
* Breaking judge NUDC 2016
* 2nd Runner up NUDC 2015

2. Alif Satria (UGM)
* Acore NUDC 2016
* Acore IVED 2016
* Acore ALSA UI 2016
* Champion NUDC 2015
* Best Speaker ALSA UI 2015

3. Revian Nathanael Wirabuana (UnPar)
* DCA of ALSA e-Comp 2016
* DCA of Ganesha Open 2015
* DCA of Founder’s Trophy 2014
* Best Speaker and Semifinalist of NUDC 2016
* 4th Best Speaker and Grandfinalist of JOVED 2016

Besides, we also will be served by qualified and adorable invited adjudicators.

Date : November 4th-6th, 2016
Venue : University of Sumatera Utara
Format : British Parliamentary System
N1 Policy : N-1 (per team)
Registration : to be done through visiting FB fanpage:

Registration Period : August 30th – October 31st 2016
Registration Payment : Early Bird (Aug 30th-Sept 29th) 170.000 IDR/person ; Late Bird (Oct 1st-Oct 31st) 200.000 IDR/person
**Registration fee doesn’t include accommodation. For accommodation details anod invitation letter for your institution, please contact us.

What are you waiting for?
Join us to Break the Barriers and Win the total cash prize more than 10 million for the main and novice category!

Contact us through contact person at:
Jeffry (0822-7620-8822)
Dwi Damayanti (0812-1785-8088)
Dedy Gunawan (0852-8876-9500)

Go follow to get the newest update of the competition :
* Official LINE account (USD) : @vaf5536j
* Official IG account : usudebate
* Official Facebook fanpage : USU Society For Debating


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Liga Bahasa SMA Harapan 2016 (LIBASH 2016)

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SMA Swasta Harapan Medan proudly presents LIGA BAHASA SMA HARAPAN 2016 (LIBASH 2016)

For the first time ever, bringing you the best languange competition in North Sumatera. Serving you the most spectacular atmosphere of competitiveness and a chance for you to prove yourselves and be the king of kings.

There are 8 categories of competition:
1. Puisi B. Indonesia (Tingkat SMP, IDR 30.000/Person)
2. Musikalisasi Puisi (Tingkat SMP/SMA, IDR 100.000/Team)
3. Film Dokumenter (Tingkat SMA, IDR 50.000/Team)
4. English Debate BP Format (Tingkat SMA, IDR 170.000/Team)
5. Scrabble (Tingkat SMP/SMA, IDR 50.000/Person)
6. Speech (Tingkat SMP, IDR 30.000/Person)
7. Quiz Taikai B.Jepang (Tingkat SMA, IDR 40.000/Team)
8. Cosplay (Tingkat SMP/SMA, IDR 50.000/Person)

Date: 29 October – 30 October 2016
Venue: Yayasan Pendidikan Harapan

Registration period:
5 Sept – 25 Oct 2016

Feel free to join and prove yourself.

081265593233 (Akbar) / Line: akbarlubis
081322887423 (Rahmi) / Line: rahmirktlibash

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A Short Sharing Session With Jovanovick Luidaniel

Hello World!

In this occasion, Medan Debaters Forum (MDF) is conducting a cover story featuring our local talent that have managed to re-carve a long-forgotten history in the most prestigious debating tournament in the world! Our special friend today is Jovanovick Luidaniel! He has returned from his voyage in World School Debating Championship (WSDC) 2016 – Stuttgart. He does not only bring home pride, but also stories and lessons, which he will share with us soon enough through the interview below.

Interviewer: Hello Jovan, How are you? I am here representing Medan Debaters Forum, and we are really eager to hear your story, especially on your recent debating milestone in WSDC. And also, as the one and only representative of student debater from Medan. So, do we have the pleasure to hear it from you? The given information will later be available and accessible on our website.

Jovanovick: Hi Kak, I’m fine. How are you? Okay, sure.

Interviewer: I am doing fine. Thank you. So, let’s have it started!

How many Indonesian teams are there in WSDC? How hard it is to get the opportunity to represent yourself in WSDC? Is it easy? How do you get it?

One. A team of 4 people. It was most definitely not easy haha.

Kak Odi (Roderick Sibarani) informed me of an independent selection for the national team to which I had to finalize a range of tasks within less than 2 days. Independent selection was basically open for all students throughout Indonesia who missed or was not offered the chance to join NSDC (this is particularly relevant when it comes to private schools e.g. Sutomo). Long story short, I made the cut along with Greg (Sekolah Pelita Harapan) and Gracia (SMAN 4 Denpasar). We were sponsored to join the remaining top 6 speakers from NSDC (totaling 9) and were put under stringent one-week selection camp. That was one of the most taxing (physically and mentally) series of events I’ve ever gone through, but would love to do it all over again. Anyway, there were lots of lots of challenges, emotional turbulence and obviously debates in that short span of time which I can’t detail. Eventually, a team of 4 was chosen out of the batch – Me, Vincentius Michael, Gregory Jany, and Ilham Akbar.

Yes, we also notice that the national selection does not fairly involve all institutions. Despite of the misfortune, seems like you managed to find a way and proved your worth to join in the WSDC. Congratulations Jovan!

We have heard stories of training camp session from debaters that joined an international scale competition. So what do you think about your regular training in your club compared to your WSDC preparation?

Training sessions in Sutomo are very simplistic, consisting of occasional lectures and debates that we personally organize. There is certainly a stark contrast between this and the one we underwent in preparation for worlds in terms of the time invested and obviously the quality of the training.

I don’t think it’s possible to lay out all the stuffs that we did one by one. But here’s an attempt to give a general view. Training sessions lasted for 6 months. There were 4 training camps in between, each spans for approx. 1 week respectively, where we stayed in a particular hotel to practice. Apart from that, training was conducted via Skype or other means, basically online training. The first couple of months were mostly packed with written assignments in which we had to deduce academic readings, answer tricky questions and incorporate personal yet reasoned views in them. Also, we had intermittent Skype discussions. Then, discussions became daily once the assignments evolved to be more group-oriented. These assignments usually started from 9 AM until 10 PM with short breaks in-between. Assignments came with adjudication, so we had to re-do certain tasks that were either completely off or not satisfying enough. That’s for the online training which apparently was much more draining in comparison to the training camps. In training camps, we frequently did debates (Asian Parliamentary, British Parliamentary, circular). We hone our style in delivery, that is through practicing different emotions when giving an equally varying types of speeches (heartfelt, angry, etc). We also learned how to strategically debate such as re-framing, defining terms of engagement, pointing out contradictions and constructing nuanced arguments. In essence, a practical version of what we did in online. This is undeniably a very brief description, but I hope it’s clear enough to give a visual representation of what the training looks like.

Whoa whoa. Surely it must be very intense. Wait… previously I did hear you saying something about ‘emotional turbulence’. How was it?

Well, there were times that I questioned my credibility and doubted myself. It’s inspiring yet stressful to be around people who are really smart, it seems as if I’m never going to be of the same page as they (my teammates) are. But eventually, just like any other clichéd stories haha, I committed myself to the training irrespective of the results, at least I know that I have done my best and I would never turn my back on my teammates just because of my personal predicament. As a result, I am grateful to finish the comp with (IMO) a really good speaking score (credits to my coaches and teammates). The biggest down tho, was that we experienced a lot of unfair adjudications. We lost to a lot of split decisions – the chair adjudicators giving us the win, but the other panels losing us. We never got adequate justification as to why we lost majority of the rounds, most of our arguments were largely dismissed by the panels to the point that some of the chair judges even got upset over our loss. But on the bright side, we got to make a lot of new friends from various countries and cultures (most of which are party animals haha). And of course last but not least, the up(s) is that we get to be coached by two of the most prominent and caring coaches, Kak Odi and Kak Vera.

It is indeed very disappointing to have experienced an unfair adjudication. But, on the other side, we could learn how to deal with adversity. Knowing that the world does not always in favor with us actually helps us to be stronger. More importantly, you managed to expand your social networking!

Speaking of coaches, do you only have Kak Odi and Kak Vera? Any other coaches?

Our main coaches are Kak Odi and Kak Vera. But we often have guest coaches coming, to name a few – Kak Alif, Cara, Boby, Aldi, Gaby, Deta, Terry, Dennys, Melanie, and many other coaches who are equally as important.

Hey, what is your biggest motivation that helps you survive in this competition?

What kept pushing me forward was the fact that my coaches have invested so much in me and my teammates, it would just be morally abhorrent not to appreciate what they’ve done, and the least I can do is by committing myself to the training. But aside from that, is my teammates’ enthusiasm.

I see. Seems like you have learnt a lot of both debate-lessons and life-lessons. They must be priceless! Here is my last-but-not-least question: Do you have any message regarding to the development/growth of Medan debating circuit?

I’m very excited to see medan debaters clinching national/international titles in the future. I think the proliferation of debating competition has been amazing. Good luck to everyone #EFLandproud

Thank you, Jovan for kindly answering all of my questions. Best of luck for you! We are really proud of you!

Thank you, Kak.


Well, it seems to be everything. We do hope whoever reading this, are inspired more to expose themselves in honing their potential. Thank you for reading!

A photo of Jovanovick with Team Indonesia WSDC 2016 and friends. (Jovanovick – 5th from left).


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Medan Speak Up 2016 – Open Debate Competition

What is Medmedan speak up 2016an Speak Up 2016?

Kafe Potret English Competition (KPEC) series proudly present you “Medan Speak Up 2016; Passing The Border Line” a very promising English event to welcome new semester of your achievement through 7 categories of competition circuit, where debating is one of the prominent subject.

Cooperated with Medan Debaters Forum, we encourage you to join our potential category in debating competition. We offer an open-institutionalized debating competition named ” The Medan Speak Up Debating Competition 2016″, a British parliamentary debating format which serve you better consistent quality in preserving high standard of adjudication and sustainable convenient place to spend productive weekend by grabbing prize up to IDR.30.000.000 as your legacy.

Who’s inside the A-Core team?

We present you our distinguished Adjudication-Core:
1. Roderick Sibarani (UI)
– GrandFinalist of ESL Category WUDC 2015, Malaysia
– Champion of Debate in multiple National Competitions (google talks!)
– Coach of WSDC Indonesia
– Coach of EDS UI
2. Reza Syahdan (MDF)
– Invited Adju of NUDC 2015
– Invited adju of IVED 2016
– Chief of Adju SOVED 2015
3. Muhammad Rafi (MDF)
– Champion of IEC Debate Open ,Malaka Medan 2015,
– Champion of Indonesia Debate , Unsiyah Aceh 2015,
– DCA of ROXED, Andalas Padang 2015,
– Champion of SEO (Sumatra English Olympic) UNRI, Riau 2014,
– Champion of Reo (Riau English Olympic) UNRI, Riau 2013

When is it?

Detail of Competition:
Day/Date: Saturday – Sunday/ 20th-21st August 2016
Time: 09.00 AM till end (Rundown would publish soon)
Format: British Parliamentary System (2person/team)
Category: Open Institution (School, University, Official Course and others)
Reg. Fee: IDR. 150.000/team (Include Goodie Bag, Certificate, Voucher etc)
Venue: Kafe Potret, Jl. Wahid Hasyim No. 90 Medan
Teams Cap : 40 Teams
Technical Meeting : would be announce exclusively for registered teams

How to Register?
1. You have to enroll your team by click this link:
2. You have to transfer your registration fee through banking payment by BNI account: 0265902213 (An. Hot Maringan Samosir), and send your receipt via Whatsapp +62 8116781988. We only count your registration validity based on your receipt.
3. We open registration’s phase as the following deadline of enrollment:
Phase I: July 20th – July 31st 2016
Phase II: August 1st – August 18th 2016

More information can approach our Whatsapp: +62 8116781988 (hotman).

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