Jessen – (red). Listen, debate meticulously and always think outside the box – the panellists at the state finals of the “Jugend debattiert” student contest, one of Germany’s largest linguistic and political education competitions, were convincing. For the first time in its 20-year history, winners from Hesse have been determined in a purely digital format via video conference. 17-year-old Josephine Klein, a student at Landgraf-Ludwigs-Gymnasium in Gießen, took a respectable fourth place in age group 2 (grades 11-13), thus surpassing her qualification for the National Finals. First and second places are accepted in each age group.
The “Jugend debattiert” was launched in 2001 by the Federal President and has been under his patronage ever since – the state of Hesse has been involved from the start. For the competition, four students meet and debate daily debates over social and political significance for 24 minutes. Whoever represents for or against will be withdrawn shortly before the competition.