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Jindabyne Central School (JCS) has surpassed every school in the Illawarra and south-east region of NSW to be crowned regional debating champion.

The JCS Year Seven debating team will now head to Sydney in early December to represent the Illawarra and South-East Region at the NSW State Championships.

The team of Antonia Murphy, Emily Heimann, Ethan Inches and Rebecca Matthes travelled to Nowra for the regional championships where their first encounter was against Mulwaree High School from Goulburn.

The schools were handed the topic "That school sport should be scrapped", with JCS arguing the negative.

Not surprisingly for a school renowned for its sporting success, JCS won the battle and moved onto the regional final where it met Smith's Hill High School, the only academically selective school in Wollongong.

Students were given the topic "That the states should be abolished". JCS again had to debate in the negative, arguing for Australia's six states to remain.

"We found this an extremely challenging debate as we were not familiar with some of the rebuttal points," Rebecca said.

"The adjudicators unanimously agreed that our case was much stronger and that Smith's Hill had made some 'fatal mistakes in following their model' through the debate."

Antonia, Emily, Ethan and Rebecca will travel to Sydney University for the state finals on December 2.

"We hope that we can continue to do our entire school community proud in the next round," the students said.

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