Waikato Diocesan School for Girls’ student Amy Spittal is following in family footsteps as a champion debater.
The 17-year-old was named Best Speaker in the recent Russell McVeagh Waikato/Bay of Plenty inter-school debates at Waikato University.
She was also one of three speakers selected to represent the region at the national competition in May.
A former Hukanui Primary and Peachgrove Intermediate pupil, Amy said her parents were debaters at school. ‘‘I’m quite competitive.’’
The year 13 student joined the debating team at WDSG in year 9. They have been finalists in the Hamilton inter-school debating competition every year since she started, winning the senior division in 2015.
Head girl at WDSG this year, she is third speaker in the school senior debating team which also includes Emma Fountaine and Emma Harris.
In the regional competition there were three debates followed by a semifinal and final. WDSG won all four debates to make it through to the final where they were just pipped at the post by a Hamilton Boys High School team. The moot for the final was the media focus on the personal life of MPs.
Amy said she tries to stay up to date with current affairs and major social issues. Next year she is considering studying economics, political science, international relations and French at Victoria University in Wellington.
Words and photo courtesy of Steve Edwards, Hamilton Press