75 students from across Benelux debated on the topic of “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle: how would you shape a sustainable future with plastics and petrochemicals?” in Brussels on 17th May. The Benelux National Finals is the third contest of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC, www.eydc.eu) organised by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope. Students between 16 and 19 years old from across Europe, of different origin, gender, age and culture are encouraged to participate in this educational initiative.

Representatives of the industry (Chevron Phillips Chemicals, Dow Belgium, Solvay, Total, ADPO), academia (University of Gent) and EPCA took part in the jury who awarded the best performing students. After deliberation, the six winners are: Lorena Ferrarini (1st place), 17 years, from the European School of Brussels IV, Latoya Michielsen (2nd place), 17 years from Atheneum Schilde in Antwerp, Djemaro Dalloesingh (3rd place), 15 years from Caland Lyceum in Amsterdam, Helena Berendijk (4th place), Inigo Grau (5th place), Ethan Abramczyk (6th place). The winners excelled in the ability to express themselves in public, while using well-informed and persuasive arguments. Youngsters were also judged on their ability to interact with other students during the debate.

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