Kedron State High School Debating Team Asserts Supremacy, ‘Strives and Shines’

Kedron State High School’s Year 12 debating team lived up to the school motto, ‘to strive is to shine,’ as they rose to the top at the Queensland Debating Union – QDU 2022 Finals Series.

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In a first for Kedron State High School, its Year 12 debating team has won the Seniors Champion title, wresting the title from the State’s most prestigious school for girls, Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

The team, consisting of Calvin Liu, Jack Turner, Bede House, and Hugo Hall, came out on top at the championship rounds at Somerville House on 24 August 2022.

“The entire 2022 QDU Debating season, Hugo Hall, Bede House, Calvin Liu and Jack Turner lived the school motto ‘to strive is to shine,’ working hard and acquitting themselves as gentlemen and scholars, but on Wednesday evening, they also proved themselves champions,” Kedron State High School stated.

“Brisbane Girls’ Grammar were (sic) a formidable opponent, our students having to do their absolute best to meet the challenge,” the school said in a Facebook post, commending the students for a job well done.

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According to Lui, the team’s vice-captain, the community’s support “lit a flame” that pushed them to be confident about beating the powerhouses.

Kedron State High’s former students Jacob Morgan, James Shoring, Reily Chapman, Rowan Gray, and Wilson Heslop, who were also part of the debating team when they attended the school years ago, helped as the consultants of the team.

The talented students of Kedron State High qualified for the Finals Series after winning against Queensland Academy of Science Maths and Technology (QASMT) and Mary MacKillop College, Nundah earlier this year.

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To cap off the night, Kedron Debating Co-ordinator Ryan Taylor-Davis also won QDU Debating Co-ordinator of the Year.