Ava is dynamite at debating

TOP TALKERS: Ulladulla High School’s Ava Del Tufo with the state’s best junior debaters at the Junior State Debating Championships at Sydney University. YOU would not want to come up against Ava Del Tufo in an argument.
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The Ulladulla High School student is one of the best debaters in the area, and has honed her skills even further after competing in the Junior State Debating Championships during December.

Ava was one of 50 of the state’s top debaters, who met at Sydney University in the women’s college for the three-day tournament.

The championships were based on a round-robin format and Ava, as a part of the Illawarra South East team, said she and the others “debated like crazy for three days”.

On her fourth debate Ava and her team came up with some tough competitors and unfortunately lost and were eliminated from the competition.

However, “I felt though that I had debated better than I ever had before and I had held my own against some very experienced debaters,” Ava said.

Ava said she learnt a lot about debating during the camp and formed plenty of new friendships.

“The camp was such a learning curve for me as I found completely new ways to debate,” she said.

“I have met such a new variety of people, from the Victorian border to the NSW North Coast, from selective schools to country schools in the middle of nowhere.

“One of the highlights of the camp was on the last night when all of the teams got together and we all stayed up until 1am talking, laughing and, of course, debating.”

Ava said the camp had inspired her to take her debating further and she planned to start learning parliamentary-style debating this year.

“I would like to say a huge thanks to Mr Ramsden, Mrs Taplin and the Milton Ulladulla Lions Club for helping me get to this camp,” she said.

“I could not have gone without their inspiration, encouragement and help.

“I had the time of my life and I will never forget it.”

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