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Dara students take out the ACT Premier Debating Competition

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Persistence paid off for the Daramalan debaters in the ACT Premier Debating Competition this semester, with teams and individual speakers enjoying success and recognition. 

The College entered a team in every level of the competition, Junior, Senior and Advanced. 

Our Advanced team of Year 11 students achieved by winning half of their debates in the preliminary rounds. 

The Junior and Senior teams, having gained skills, confidence and experience during the Open Debating Competition in Semester 1, were successful in winning through to the quarter finals in their levels. 

The Senior team were narrowly defeated by a highly experienced Year 10 team who went on the win the competition. The Junior team, with only two of their three members able to attend the quarter final, were defeated by a close margin in an excellent debate. Emma Rynehart did an admirable job of speaking twice in this debate, ably supported by her team-mate Daniel Baraniecki.  

Three of our students gained recognition from the ACT Debating Union for being among the best individual speakers in the competition, which is an outstanding achievement. Kenneth Le (Year 7), Madeleine Leonard and Eloise Cains (both Year 9) all won Top 10 speaker awards. 

In addition, Madeleine Leonard has been selected for the ACT State Debating Squad and will begin training in January for the chance to represent the ACT at the National Schools Debating Championships. This is an exciting opportunity for Madeleine, and we wish her luck with the challenges ahead. 

The Semester 2 team members were: 

Year 7: Kenneth Le, Emma Rynehart, Daniel Baraniecki 

Year 9: Thomas Bridgart, Eloise Cains, Madeleine Leonard 

Year 11: Jessica Bridgart, Joseph Wright, Angus Thompson, Samuel McFadden, Quin Bourke