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Onor's talented, no debate

Written on the 10 March 2016 by scotch

Onor Nottle can argue better than the average teen - she's one of the youngest people to be selected for the South Australian Schools State Debating Squad.

The year nine student, from Bibaringa, will join six other debaters; one in year 10, three in year 11 and two in year 12, in the National Schools Debating Championships in Sydney in May.

Having only been involved in debating for three years, the 14-year-old said it has been fun and informative.

"It's been a really great experience; I have learnt a lot about the world that I had no idea about before and I have made lots of friends," Onor said. "In the state team I am debating two times a day with people who are in year 12, in front of adults, so it's quite intense, but it has been good for my confidence, friendship-building and making me a well-rounded, educated person."

The selection comes after weeks of statewide workshops, where students were whittled down to the final seven participants.

In preparation for the week-long national titles, where the team takes on the best of secondary school debaters, the teenager is attending weekly seven-hour workshops, where she debates topics such as legalising prostitution, forcing politicians to fulfil core promises, giving disadvantaged racial minorities discounts on criminal sentencing and stopping the rise of anti-establishment politicians, such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

"It's pretty good because it's like hanging out with my closest friends and doing what we love," the Scotch College student said. "It's pretty intense, sometimes, but I believe it is worth it in the long run."

Being so young, Onor's mother Sharyn said it will be a great experience for her to compete at a national level and, potentially, earn selection in the national team. However, at home, Mrs Nottle said it is "very hard" to win an argument.

-- original article by Kimberley Pratt appeared in Gawler Bunyip on 9 March 2016. Photo: Kimberley Pratt.


Author: scotch

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