Columba students argue their way to nationals

19 March 2018

Columba students argue their way to nationals

Two Columba College students have argued their way into the Otago/Southland debating team which will compete in the national competition in Wellington later this year.

Columba’s head prefect Lydia Joseph and fellow Year 13 student Bridget Scott were selected from a pool of talented debaters at the Otago/Southland Regional Debating Tournament held at the University of Otago’s Hunter Centre over the weekend.

Along with teammate Lydia Christensen, the girls won the regional tournament for the second year in a row, successfully debating the moot “This house would ban zoos”.

This is the second year Lydia has been selected for the Otago/Southland team and Columba College Principal Juliette Hayes was very proud of the students’ efforts.

“Our debaters are very enthusiastic about their craft and put many hours into researching and practising. It is a great privilege to be selected to represent the region and I know Lydia and Bridget will honour this opportunity by doing their absolute best at the national competition,” said Mrs Hayes.

Columba College had 4 teams competing in the regional competition, including a year 10 team who were invited to compete against the seniors.  There were a total of 20 teams competing from schools throughout Otago and Southland.