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Young Students Spar With Words

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The successful St Mary’s 2 team … from left, Lawson Green, Oliver Rees and Caitlyn Carney

August 28, 2019

Two teams of young debaters will be heading off to Kilkivan in October to represent Kingaroy in the area finals of the Apex Youth Debating competition.

The finals of the local competition were held at St John’s Lutheran School in Kingaroy on Wednesday evening.

In the Year 7/8 competition, a team from Kingaroy State High School took on a team from St John’s debating the topic “That standardised testing is a good measure of intelligence”.

The KSHS team – who were arguing the affirmative case – won the debate by a very narrow margin.

In the Junior category (for older students), two St Mary’s Catholic College teams vied for honours.

St Mary’s 1 and St Mary’s 2 debated the topic “That the Australian public should elect the political party leaders”.

St Mary’s 2, arguing the negative case, won this debate.

The KSHS and St Mary’s 2 teams will now compete against school teams from across the region in the Apex area finals at Kilkivan on October 12-13 (date to be confirmed).

If successful in Kilkivan, the teams will then compete at the State finals in Mudjimba on October 26.

St Mary’s 1 team … from left, Kayla Peters, Lily Rees and Nadia McCluskey

The successful Kingaroy State High School team … from left, Jett Johnson, Elijah Alderton-Pink and Zane Barritt

The St John’s Lutheran School team … from left, Lily Fitz-Herbert, Charisse Dizon and Wilson Iszlaub

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2 Responses to Young Students Spar With Words

  1. John Box

    Congratulations to all the students who took the opportunity to participate in this years competition. The South Burnett will be in good hands in the future after hearing these young leaders compete. Thank you to the coaches, teachers, parents and volunteer adjudicators for supporting the annual Apex Debating competition

  2. Taylor

    Well done to everyone! It was lovely hearing the arguments presented by Saint John’s, and the Kingaroy team did very well in winning the year 7/8 debate that night.

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