Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Second to None!

The Edina Debate and Speech team attended the NSDA National Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale,
June 17-22, 2018.  Speech & Debate Captain Tanner Jones finished 2nd in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking in a field of approximately 250 competitors across the nation.  In addition to winning a $500 college scholarship for his final round performance, Tanner also won an all-expense trip to the Ronald Reagan Library in California for a chance to win $10,000 in additional scholarships. 

Other teammates who qualified and attended NSDA Nationals include Mark Kivimaki in U.S. Extemp and Joshua Ding & Claire Anderson-McElligott in Policy Debate. 

Congratulations to the Edina team for an amazing performance!  
Hornet Pride! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    2018 Spring Debate & Speech Team Banquet
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT
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Braemar Golf Course
6364 John Harris Drive
Edina, MN 55439
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                  Hello Edina Speech & Debate families!

       Come join us to celebrate the Edina Speech & Debate           teams at our annual Spring Banquet on April 24th.
   Click on the links below to register & get more information.
       Register Now!

                  We look forward to seeing you in April!

                  Regrets only to efof.edina@gmail.com

                  The Edina Debate & Speech teams 
                  & Edina Friends of Forensics

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Millard Loading Time

Hey All!

The bus for Millard will leave Thursday after school. Loading will begin at 3:50 and we'll be pulling out of the parking lot by 4:10.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Millard Debate Tournament

The tournament will take place on February 16-17, 2018, with all events starting competition on
Friday the 17th at Millard North High School (1010 S. 144th St. Omaha, NE 68154).

Departure & Return:

Departure will be Thursday afterschool. An exact time will be posted later once it is arranged.

We will return Sunday around noon. Students will be in contact about their return.


We will be staying at Fairfield Inn & Suites with address and phone listed below.

Fairfield Inn & Suites
456 Olson Dr
Papillion, NE 68046


Coaches attending:

Hayden Uihlein - 734-680-6011
Timothy Edstrom
Danny Frank-Segal

Students Attending:

Claire Anderson-McEligott
Josh Ding
Kyra Boorsma Bergerud
Yash Shah

Mark Kivimaki
Sandra Chen
Kathleen Scoggin

Ryan Zhu
Richard Zhu
Theo Teske
James Kuznecoff
Zach Paradis
Michael Santoni

Tournament Schedules (Subject to modification)

Friday Feb. 16: Registration 12:00-12:45
Round 1 1:30
Round 2 2:45
Round 3 4:00
Dinner 5:15
Round 4 6:00

Saturday Feb. 17:
Round 5 8:00
Round 6 9:15
Double Octos 10:30
Lunch 11:30
Octos 12:15
Quarters 1:30
Semis 2:45
Finals 3:45
Awards (All Events) 5:15

POLICY Friday Feb. 16: Registration 12:00-12:45
Round 1 1:00
Round 2 3:00
Dinner 5:00
Round 3 5:30

Saturday Feb. 17:
Round 4 8:00
Round 5 10:00
Lunch 12:00
Quarters 12:45
Semis 2:45
Awards (All Events) 5:15

Finals ASAP

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hello everyone!

Here are the details for this weekend's NSDA qualifying tournament.

Policy and LD will be on Friday and Saturday. BQD and PF is Saturday only.

Friday dismissal is at 1:30. We will return between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.
Saturday bus departure is 7:00am. BE THERE AT 655!!! We will return in the afternoon depending on elimination time. I expect a return around 4:00pm.

Coach Contact:
Hayden Uihlein 734-680-6011

Coaches Attending:
Hayden Uihlein, Tim Edstrom, Danny Frank-Segal, Liz Stiras, Joe Schmitt

Claire Anderson-Josh Ding
Elise Wallen-Friedman-Tessa Murphy
Nihar Atri-Maddy Ferdnands

Sandra Chen
Anand Mittal
Kathleen Scroggin
Mark Kivimaki

David Ma-Richard Zhu
Khalid Ishani-Lily Jones
Zach Paradis-Michael Santoni
Chloe Maynor-Samantha Bevers

James Kuznecoff
Abbi Shilts
Ike Smalley
Julia Pan
Stella Olken Hunt
Aditya Relliwar

Southern MN NSDA
District Debate Tournament

Tournament Schedule
Friday January 19, 2018 Lakeville North High School
2:15 - 3:00 PM: Registration - Will take place in the Lakeville North Auditorium. Please do not arrive before 2:15 PM but please arrive by 3:00 PM so we can schedule round #1 and get going by 3:30 PM. To help make registration run more smoothly please call my cell phone (651-283-5976) to confirm your entry and your estimated time of arrival at Lakeville North High School
Policy Debate
3:30  Round #1 Policy Debate
5:15  Round #2 Policy Debate
7:30  Round #3 Policy Debate
LD Debate
3:30  Round #1 LD Debate
5:00  Round #2 LD Debate
6:30  Round #3 LD Debate
8:30  Round #4 LD Debate

*All schools who advance to Saturday must fill out judge strikes for Saturday before leaving on Friday night

Saturday January 20, 2018
7:45 AM –  All Policy, PF and LD Schools Must Check in with the Tab Room by 7:45 AM so that our tournament can run on time. Tab Room location at Lakeville North High School is to be determined. 
Policy Debate
8:00 AM - All Policy School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
8:30 AM  Round #4 Policy Debate
10:30 AM - All Policy School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
11:00 AM Round #5 Policy Debate
1:00 PM - All Policy School head coaches must in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
1:30 PM  Round #6 Policy Debate
3:30 PM - All Policy School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
4:00 PM  Round #7 Policy Debate
LD Debate
8:30 AM - All LD School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
9:00 AM  Round #5 LD Debate
11:30 AM - All LD School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
12:00 PM Round #6 LD Debate
2:30 PM - All LD School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
3:00 PM - Round #7 LD Debate

Public Forum Debate
8:30 AM Round #1 PF Debate
9:45 AM Round #2 PF Debate
11:00 AM Round #3 PF Debate
11:30 - All PF School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels.
12:30 PM - Round #4
2:00 PM - All PF School head coaches must be in the tab room for the placing of judges on panels
2:30 PM - Round #5
4:00 PM - All PF School head coaches must be in the tab toom for the placing of judges on panels
4:30 PM - Round #6

Big Question Debate
9:00 AM Round #1 Big Question Debate 
10:30 AM Round #2 Big Question Debate 
12:00 PM Round #3 Big Question Debate 
2:00 PM Round #4 Big Question Debate 
3:30 PM Semifinals Big Question Debate 
5:00 PM Finals Big Question Debate 
6:00 PM - Awards for all 4 events (any events requiring a debate back - that round will follow awards)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Edina State Debate Champions!

Congratulations to the Edina Debate Team!

EHS Seniors Richard Zhu and David Ma captured the Public Forum State Championship at the 2018 State Debate Tournament on Saturday, January 14th at the University of Minnesota.

Congratulations to the Edina teams who also earned honors at the State Debate tournament:

Anand Mittal was a quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Saumya Mangalick was 8th in Congressional Debate
Josh Ding and Claire Anderson-McElligott were quarterfinalists in Policy Debate
Matt Nissen and Khalid Ishani were quarerfinalists in Public Forum.

Hornet Pride!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

State Debate Tournament -- January 12 and 13

MSHSL State Debate Tournament
University of Minnesota
Blegen Hall, 269 19th Ave S, West Bank [directions]

Bus picks up at 8:00 AM at Door 5 at Edina HS on Friday.  Anticipate returning to EHS at 7:30 PM. Debaters are excused all day from school.
Bus picks up at 6:45 AM at Door 5 at Edina HS on Saturday. Anticipate returning to EHS around 6:00 PM if there is a return bus.  Students can be picked up by parents once their division is eliminated from the tournament.

Coach Contact
Hayden Uihlein 734 680 6011

Coaches Attending
Mark Allseits, Tim Edstrom, and Amanda Soczynski

Tournament Info

Students attending as part of the prep squad should review the rules posted here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4aafa823aafe3-edina

Even during break, the University of MN is a busy place and many people come and go from the various buildings.  DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING OF IMPORTANCE UNATTENDED.  In the past we’ve had coats, bags, and laptops stolen from various rooms.  Make sure your kids know that this is a public place and to take their belongings with them or leave things that aren’t needed at home.

Policy and Public Forum rooms will be in Blegen Hall.
LD rooms will be in Anderson Hall, Blegen Hall, and Carlson.
Congress rooms will be in Carlson.
Map located here: http://www.pts.umn.edu/sites/pts.umn.edu/files/wbank.pdf

Rules posted here—the same as Sections re: evidence and internet usage. https://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/publications/code/finepolicy/Debate.pdf

Rounds 1 and 2 - Entries will be randomly placed in a schedule for rounds 1 and 2 based on the following criteria: Entries shall uphold each side of the resolution; entries shall debate two different sections than their own. Entries will be broken into two (2) groups based on section results; a top bracket (those finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place) and a bottom bracket (those finishing in 4th, 5th and 6th place) within their respective sections. Entries shall debate one (1) top bracket and one (1) bottom bracket from different sections. NOTE: In policy debate the top bracket will consist of 1st, 2nd and half of the 3rd place entries. The bottom bracket will consist of the other half of 3rd play entries, 4th and 5th place.
Rounds 3 through 6 – Will be paired high/low within win-loss records. Entries within each bracket will be ranked in order based on wins, drop high/low speaker points, total speaker points then by draw. If a group has an uneven number of entries, the entry with the lowest opponent wins shall be drawn up and ranked accordingly.
Round 4 and 6 – Entries will be scheduled with respect to side-constraints to ensure an equal number of affirmative and negative rounds occur.

There will be limited food options on Friday (the Subway by Blegen). There will NOT be a concessions stand for the tournament.  Pack a lunch and plenty of snacks for Friday and Saturday.  There’s a Chipotle within walking distance on the West Bank, but it will be up to the coaches attending the tournament to figure out logistics for meals, so having cash on hand would be useful.


Richard Zhu/David Ma
Edina MZ
Public Forum
Khalid Ishani/Matthew Nissen
Edina IN
Public Forum
Anand Mittal
Edina AM
Lincoln Douglas
Sandra Chen
Edina SC
Lincoln Douglas
Claire Anderson McElligot/Josh Ding
Edina AD
Saumya Mangalick
Edina SM

Prep Squad

Jonah Rosenthal
Rahil Modi
Ananth Veluvali
Kathleen Scoggin
Mark Kivimaki
Prasoon Sinha
Ellen Mi
Aditya Rewalliwar
Kendrew Chen
Lily Jones
Tanner Jones
James Kuznecoff
Samantha Bevers
Isaac Wu
Oscar O’Brien
Zach Paradis
Theo Teske
Ryan Zhu


Friday Schedule – January 12th

Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum
Registration 10:15 AM
Coaches and Participants’ Meeting: 11:00 AM 
Round 1: 11:30 AM
Round 2: 12:45PM
Meal Break
Round 3: 2:45 PM
Round 4: 4:30 PM

Policy Debate
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
Judges Meeting at 9:30 AM
Coaches and Participants Meeting: 9:45 AM 
Round 1: 10:00 AM
Round 2: 12:00 PM
Meal Break
Round 3: 2:30 PM
Round 4: 5:00 PM

Session 1: 12:00 PM
Session 2: 3:00 PM

Saturday Schedule – January 6th

Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum

Round 5: 8:00 AM
Round 6: 9:15 AM
MDTA Announcements: 10:30 AM
Announce Quarterfinalists: 11:15 AM
Quarterfinals: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 12:45 PM
Announce Semifinalists: 2:00 PM
Semifinals: 2:30 PM
Announce Finalists: 4:00 PM
Finals: 4:30 PM
Awards: 5:30 PM

Policy Debate

Round 5: 8:00 AM
MDTA Announcements: 10:30 AM
Announce Quarterfinalists: 11:15 AM
Quarterfinals: 11:30 AM
Lunch: 1:00 PM
Announce semifinalists: 2:00 PM
Semifinals: 2:30 PM
Announce Finalists: 4:30 PM
Finals: 5:00 PM
Awards: 7:00 PM

Session 3: 8:30 AM

Super Session: 1:30 PM