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AUSTRALIND Se­nior High School’s de­bat­ing team proved to be the most ar­dent ar­guers in the re­gion by win­ning the South West Re­gional De­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month.

Year 12 stu­dents Jas­mine Sul­li­van, Ryan To­mazin, Thomas Dun­bar-Smith and Rachel Eames beat reign­ing cham­pi­ons Bun­bury Se­nior High School for the ti­tle in the se­cond year of the the WA De­bat­ing League com­pe­ti­tion.

De­bat­ing coach and teacher Kate Hop­kins said it was a fan­tas­tic win be­cause Bun­bury had been un­de­feated all sea­son.

“They’re a very strong de­bat­ing team so it was just fan­tas­tic,” she said.

Nine schools com­peted over the past two months in ju­nior and se­nior di­vi­sions be­fore the grand fi­nal, at which the stu­dents were given the de­bate topic only an hour be­fore tak­ing the stage.

Australind fielded two teams of four, with the se­nior team reach­ing the grand fi­nal at the Bun- bury ECU cam­pus on Au­gust 4.

Australind ar­gued against wel­fare be­ing con­di­tional on pass­ing a drug test and won the night in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion from three judges.

Ms Hop­kins said de­bat­ing not only gave the stu­dents con­fi­dence for pub­lic speak­ing but also taught them im­por­tant skills.

“It helps them to think log­i­cally and pre­pare ar­gu­ments log­i­cally which is re­ally use­ful for their stud­ies at school,” she said.

Australind Se­nior High School stu­dents Ryan To­mazin, 18, Jas­mine Sul­li­van, 17, Thomas Dun­bar-Smith, 18, and Rachel Eames, 17, are de­lighted with their win in the South West Re­gional De­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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