DEBATING DYNAMOS: The Boonah State High School Year 10 debating team of Dimity Comino, Lucy Betts, Taleena Peck and Ruby Spillman has won the state championships.
DEBATING DYNAMOS: The Boonah State High School Year 10 debating team of Dimity Comino, Lucy Betts, Taleena Peck and Ruby Spillman has won the state championships.

Don't dare pick an argument with this quartet

FOR close to 20 years, debating glory has eluded Boonah State High School.

However, four 15-year-old girls have broken the drought, defeating schools from across the state to claim the junior Apex State Debating Championship.

The team was made up of first speaker Ruby Spillman, second speaker Lucy Betts, third speaker Taleena Peck and reserve Dimity Comino.

Throughout the year the school has gone undefeated, beating schools across the Ipswich district before moving onto the best the state had to offer.

At the finals they took on Townsville Grammar School in what their coach, Lyn Colley, described as one of the closest debates she'd ever seen.

The team had to argue "Google is the corruption of originality" against the north Queensland powerhouse.

"That was one of the best debates I've ever seen," Ms Colley said.

"The girls are all just so talented. And they've all got other commitments, but they were always there to find the time for this.

"And it paid off in the end.

"The last time a Boonah High team won the state debating championships was in the early 90s."

In the final debate, after winning eight on the trot, Boonah took on Nanango High, having to argue that you should never judge a book by its cover.



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