Katiana Indrasasana is Selected to Represent Indonesia in World Schools Debating Championships 2021
Katiana Indrasasana, a Grade 12 student at SPH Lippo Village, was selected to represent Indonesia in the upcoming 2021 World School Debating Championship (WSDC) on July 25, 2021. Katiana is one among the other five students that were selected for the national team: not just as a team member, but as the team captain as well. She was still in Grade 11 when being selected.
In 2020, Katiana was the grand finalist for National School Debating Championship (NSDC) which made her eligible to proceed to the WSDC. The selection for WSDC started earlier this year in March and the top 15 best speakers in the NSDC went straight to the WSDC selection camp. After the selection camp, Indonesia’s “dream team” was formed.
”"I feel honored to know that I am selected in the Captain Team to represent Indonesia on a global stage and I am beyond excited to make Indonesia proud! I would like to express my gratitude to my family, friends, teachers, and coaches who have supported me along the way. I would not make it this far without them," said Katiana.
To prepare herself for WSDC, Katiana practiced 3-4 times a day with sparring partners from the WSDC alumni. Until today, she continues to hone her skills by practicing 3-7 times a week. She is also doing research on various topics and keeping up with the recent news. Even before this, Katiana has won many debate competitions such as the prestigious Young Thinkers Trophy, KOMPeK e-Debate Competition by the Faculty of Economy of the University of Indonesia, and many more.
Aside from her passion and outstanding achievements in debating, Katiana is also a well-rounded student who excels both in academic and non-academic life at school. For three consecutive years, Katiana has received multiple awards in the Academic Awards, one of which is the Highest Achievement Award. She also is actively involved in sports such as soccer and music by joining the string ensemble. An activist at heart, she also promotes teen’s mental health by making poetry about the said topic in her Personal Project and founded her own non-profit organization called Sampah Sehat.
We hope that Katiana’s story will inspire more students to pursue what they are passionate about and continue to bring Indonesia’s name to the international stage. As Katiana will compete in the upcoming WSDC with her team, let us continue to support her and wish her all the best!