Trio talk their way out of seven-year drought
What is believed to be a seven-year drought for Invercargill debaters has been broken by a trio of tough talkers from James Hargest College.
A debating team made up of Matilda Phillips, 17, Hannah Brown, 17 and Claire Boniface, 16, took out the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Secondary Schools' debating competition Otago-Southland regional final.
The last time a team from the school won was in 2007, and they believe no other Invercargill team has won it since, either.
Matilda said they competed in seven debates, covering a range of controversial topics.
Hannah said the most difficult part was arguing a point they might not agree with themselves.
The team won six of the seven debates, she said.
Claire was also named in a regional development squad based on her performance during the debates, while Matilda earned a "highly commended".
James Hargest head of English, Laurel Swan, said the school was proud of the team.