Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jan 10-11 Sections @ Blaine

Section VI Tournament
Blaine High School
Jan 10-11 2014

Friday - depart EHS 2PM door 8, return 9PM -  you will be released from school at 1:45PM
Saturday - depart EHS 7AM door 7, return 5PM

Policy Debate - top 5 qualify for state
Bree and Samantha
Anja Beth and Shanelle

Lincoln-Douglas - top 6 qualify for state

Public Forum - top 6 qualify for state
Allan and Elbert

Round 1 - 4:00 PM
Round 2 - 5:00 PM
Round 3 - 6:30 PM
Round 4 - 7:45 PM

Round 1 - 3:45 PM
Round 2 - 6:15 PM

Round 5 - 8:30 AM
Round 6 - 10:00 AM

Round 3 - 8:30 AM
Round 4 - 11:00 AM
Round 5 - 1:30 PM
Round 6 - 3:30 PM

A Time to Relax

A few of our team members enjoying a weekend night off from debate!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dec 20-21 @ Blake

2013 John Edie Holiday Debate Tournament (Blake)
Hyatt Regency Hotel 1300 Nicollet Mall
20-21 December 2013

Bus Times
Friday 7AM depart from EHS door 8; estimated return 8PM *
Saturday 7AM depart from EHS door 7; return contingent on performance - 6PM possible
* released from school for the day

The rounds all take place in hotel rooms of the Hyatt - the wifi situation is sketchy so don't depend on access other than in the main gathering area on the 2nd floor.

Bring snacks + $$ for food.  The best places nearby for food are Chipotle and Caribou - otherwise you'll need to walk up the mall where there is a Panera.   If you go anyplace other Chipotle or Caribou you need to check out with a coach.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate
   Annika Smith-Ortiz
   Arvind Veluvali
   Connie Chao
   Mabel Thomas
   Max Schleck
   Romi Lee

Policy Debate
   Bree Peilen - Samantha Hunt
   Anja Beth Swoap - Shanelle Roman
   Adi Mittal - Ashab Alamgir
   Sukriti Rawal - Anand Mittal
   Claire Carlson - Anne Lepow
   Maggie Wells - Meredith Song

Public Forum
   Allan Ouyang - Elbert Wang

Alan Peck - policy - Saturday
Bobby - policy - Friday
Luke - policy - Friday and Saturday
Vivian Ha - policy - Friday and Saturday
Amanda Soczynski - public forum - Friday and Saturday
Liz Stiras - LD - Saturday
Trevor Martinez - LD - Friday
Dylan Slinger - LD - Friday and Saturday

Policy Schedule
December 20, 2013 (FRIDAY)
8:00               Release Pairings – Outside Skyway A/B, debate floors and the web.
9:00               Round 1–Policy (Preset)
11:00             Round 2–Policy (Preset)
2:30               Round 3–Policy
5:30               Round 4–Policy
9:00               Coach and Judge Reception

December 21, 2013 (SATURDAY)
7:00                 Pairings released
8:00                 Round 5–Policy
11:00               Round 6–Policy
2:00                 Round 7–Policy
5:00                Awards
6:30                Double Octofinals–Policy

December 22,  2013 (SUNDAY)

Elimination rounds - Emory tutorial style
8:00   Octofinals
11:00 Quarterfinals
2:00   Semifinals
5:00   Finals

Lincoln-Douglas Schedule
December 19, 2013 (FRIDAY)
8:00              Release Pairings -- Outside Skyway A/B, debate floors and the web
9:00              Round 1 - LD
11:00            Round 2 - LD
2:30              Round 3 - LD
5:30              Round 4 - LD
9:00              Coach and Judge Reception

December 21, 2013 (Saturday)
7:15               Pairings Released
8:00               Round 5 - LD
11:00             Round 6 - LD
2:00               Triples (Partial) - LD
5:00               Awards
6:30               Double Octofinals - LD

December 22, 2013 (Sunday)
Elimination rounds - Emory tutorial style
8:00                Octofinals - LD (flighted)
11:00              Quarters - LD (non-flighted)
1:00                Semifinals - LD (non-flighted)
3:00                Finals - LD

Public Forum Schedule
December 20, 2013 (Friday)
8:00               Release Pairings - Outside Skyway A/B, debate floors and web
9:00               Round 1 - Public Forum
11:00             Round 2 - Public Forum
2:00               Round 3 - Public Forum
5:00               Round 4 - Public Forum
9:00               Coach and Judge Reception

December 21, 2013 (Saturday)
7:30                Pairings released
8:00                Round 5 - Public Forum
10:00              Round 6 - Public Forum
12:30              Elimination rounds will begin and finish Saturday night
                        (all 4-2 records will clear.  Judges are obligated thru the first FULL elim round)
5:00                Awards Assembly
6:30                Elimination rounds continue

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Novice-JV State Results Recap

2013 Minnesota State Novice Lincoln-Douglas Runner-up, Annie Amen
We toughed out two days of freezing weather, a cold bus ride, and strong competition at the novice-junior varsity state tournament held at Eagan. Minnesota is one of the most competitive states for debate in the nation and the tournament was strong again this season. 

Edina was awarded 3rd place in Team Sweepstakes, which we were not expecting because we had entires in only four of the six events.

Here is a recap: 

JV Policy 
Sukriti Rawal and Anand Mittal - quarterfinalists
Anne Lepow and Claire Carlson - 4-2 record

Novice Policy
Maggie Wells and Meredith Song - quarterfinalists
Megan Shannahan and Daphne Iskos - octofinalists
Maggie Wells - 4th speaker

Novice Public Forum
Aarathia Gaimella and Jenny Ma - octofinliasts
Khalid Ishani and David Ma - octofinalists 

Novice Lincoln-Douglas
Annie Amen - 2nd place
Romi Lee - quarterfinalist
Gloria Mi - quarterfinalist
Mabel Thomas - octofinalist
Katie Bogart - double-octofinalist
Gloria Mi - 3rd speaker
Mabel Thomas - 5th speaker

One final note: Almost every member of the varsity team showed up to help their younger teammates by scouting opponents, doing prep-work, and being a supportive audience member.  Thanks to them for their efforts! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Season-ending Debate Party

For many of our debaters, this is the last weekend of the season.  To celebrate the season, the Mittal family is hosting a pizza party at their home on Saturday, Dec 14th from 6 to 8:30PM.  They will have ping pong and other games to play.

Each person on the team has been sent an evite with details for the party and we ask that your respond because that's the polite thing to do.

Address is 7611 Stonewood Court in Edina. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dec 6-7 @ Eagan for Novice-JV State

Novice-JV State
Eagan High School
6-7 December 2013

Bus Times
Friday - depart EHS door 8 at 1:45, 2PM pickup at Southview; return between 9:30 and 10:30PM
Saturday - depart EHS door 7 at 7AM; return somewhere between 5 and 10PM, contingent on our performance.  


Judging Policy
Bree - Friday and Saturday

Scouting/Big Buddy Policy
Anja Beth

Junior Varsity Policy
   Claire Carlson - Anne Lepow
   Sukriti Rawal - Anand Mittal

Novice Policy
   Isaac Berte - Tanner Eugh
   Maggie Wells - Meredith Song
   Ella Romanelli - Zach Versluis
   Megan Shanahan - Daphne Iskos

Policy Schedule
Friday December 6, 2013
Registration 1:00 - 2:00 PM (All schools need to be registered by 2:00 PM to avoid school dismissal time)
Round #1 3:30 PM
Round #2 5:30 PM
Dinner 7:30 PM
Round #3 8:00 PM
Saturday December 7, 2013
Round#4 8:00 AM
Round #5 10:00 AM
Lunch 12:00 PM
Policy 1st Elimination Rd 1:00 PM
Awards will start at 3:00 PM in the EHS Student Commons
Policy Debate Elimination rounds continue after awards until the tournament is finished

Scouting/Big Buddy LD

Novice Lincoln-Douglas
   Annie Amen
   Connie Chao
   Gloria Mi
   Katie Bogart
   Mabel Thomas
   Max Schleck
   Murray Friedberg
   Romi Lee
  Antonio Flores

LD Schedule 
All Rounds are in Dakota Hills Middle School

Registration                        2:00 - 3:00 PM
Enter DHMS                         3:45 PM
Round #1                              4:00 PM
Round #2                              5:15 PM
Dinner                                   6:15 PM
Round #3                              7:00 PM
Round #4                              8:30 PM

Round #5                                   8:00 AM
Round #6                                   9:30 AM
1st Elimination Round                11:15 AM
Lunch                                         12:30 PM
2nd Elimination Round               1:30 PM
Awards                                        3:00 PM in EHS Student Commons
All Remaining Elimination rounds will take place in Eagan High School immediately following awards

Novice Public Forum
Jenny Ma  & Aarathi Garimella
Khalid Ishani & David Ma
Ali Dickson & Karin deVerdier
Jack Hong & Richard Zhu

Public Forum Schedule
All Rounds in Eagan High School
Friday December 6, 2013
Registration 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Round #1 3:30 PM
Round #2 4:30 PM
Dinner 5:30 PM
Round #3 6:00 PM
Round #4 7:30 PM

Saturday December 7, 2013
Round #5 8:30 AM
Round #6 10:00 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM
Public Forum 1st Elimination Rd 12:30 PM
Public Forum 2nd Elimination Rd 2:00 PM
Public Forum Awards 3:00 PM in EHS Student Commons
All Remaining Public Forum Elimination Rounds will follow Awards

January 2014 Topics Released

New topics were released today for LD and PF.  We will use these starting at Blake and continue for the rest of January.

Public Forum
Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.(The countries of the Sahel today include Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.)

Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Frozen Weekend Recap

This weekend Edina debate was back on the road, competing at three different tournaments.

Edina SW - Novice Quarterfinalists @ Glenbrooks

University of Minnesota: 
Novice debater Fernando Prestermon was 6th speaker and fellow novice Ella Romanelli was 9th.   It was very cold on Saturday morning and the Edina debaters braved a frozen campus to compete.

Robbinsdale Armstrong:
Annika Smith-Ortiz was both #1 seed and top speaker in JV, while novices Connie Chao (4-1), Annie Amen (3-2), and Katie Bogart (3-2) had winning records in the JV division.

The novice division was led Romi Lee who was also #1 seed and third speaker.  Murray Friedberg finished 4-1.

Glenbrook South: 
Novices Meredith Song and Maggie Wells finished the tournament as quarterfinalists.  In octofinals they defeated Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa, FL) on a 3-0 decision before losing a team from New Trier (IL) on split decision in quarterfinals.

Samantha Hunt finished as 13th speaker in varsity. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2014 Preseason Camp for Policy Debate

Many more details to be finalized, but wanted to tell you this right now so you can make plans: We want to get the 2014-15 season kicked off properly. To that end there will be a serious preseason kick-off camp for policy debate on Aug 18-21 and Aug 25-28 2014. Location and times TBD.  The goal is to get everybody ready and put in extended quality time both on arguments and execution. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Winner. Gets. Trophy.

One Trophy.  Two debaters who both want to take it home first. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

23 November @ Robbinsdale

Birds of Prey Invitational
Robbinsdale Armstrong [map and directions]
Armstrong High School. 10635 36th Ave North. Plymouth, MN 55441
23 November 2013

Depart 7AM from EHS door 7
Return about 4PM -- call for ride home when you leave the tournament, it's about 20 minutes to Edina.

We are going to run with a smaller team this weekend.

Varsity LD


Novice LD

23-25 November @ Glenbrook South

The Glenbrooks
Glenbrook South High School
Glenview, IL
23-25 November 2013

Bus Times
Loading at 7AM at EHS on Friday the 23rd - same place as Valley and Caucus.
Return home on Monday the 25th after everybody has been eliminated.  This could be 3PM on Monday, it could also be midnight.  You need to keep your parents updated so they know when to expect you home. 

Pete Gokey
Clay Carlson
Chris Stinson
Bobby Ciborowski

Varsity Policy
Bree and Samantha
Anja Beth and Drew
Patrick and Adi

JV Policy
Sukriti and Anand
Claire and Anne

Novice Policy
Megan and Zach
Meredith and Maggie

Hotel Information (updated)
Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Deerfield/Lincolnshire
2600 Lake Cook Rd
Riverwoods, IL  60015

Friday, November 22 - Renaissance North Shore  6:30 – 9:30 pm      
Registration for all schools – Renaissance North Shore Ballroom
Dodgeball Tournament Registration - Renaissance North Shore Ballroom
The Ted W. Belch Registration Reception -  Renaissance North Shore Ballroom  (coaches/judges only)

Saturday, November 23 GBS, GBN, Attea Middle School
8 am – 7:30 p.m. Preliminary rounds in all events
7:30 pm – DodgeBall Tournament at Glenbrook South (more information coming)

Sunday, November 24 GBS, GBN, Attea Middle School
8:00 am – 9:30 pm Preliminary rounds in all events continue
Quarters-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Finals in individual events
Blue/Green/Gold Awards Assembly - IE @ Attea
Semifinal and Final Congress plus Congress Awards Ceremony @ Glenbrook South
Double Octafinals – Varsity Policy and LD
All elimination rounds in Public Forum
Octas and Quarters – JV Policy
Quarters and Semis -- Novice Policy
Octas and Quarters – Glenview State Bank JV LD
Speaker Awards for VLD, JVLD, JVCX, and NCX at Glenbrook North
Speaker Awards for VCX  and PF at Glenbrook South

Monday, November 19  Renaissance North Shore
7:30  am -  Light breakfast for elim competitors and their coaches in Policy and LD Debate
Octas – Finals in Varsity Policy
Octas – Finals in Varsity LD
Semifinals and Finals in JV Policy
Semifinals and Finals in Glenview State Bank JV LD
Finals in Novice Policy

23 November @ U of MN

Edina-MN Urban Debate League Tournament
University of Minnesota - Nicholson Hall [map, directions]
23 November 2013

Bus Times
Depart 7AM from door 7 of EHS
Return between 4:30-5:30

Rounds will take place in Folwell Hall, Nicholson Hall, and Rapson Hall. [tournament map]
You will be walking around outdoors, so be prepared especially if it's snowing, raining, etc.

Varsity Policy
Elbert Wang and Allan Ouyang

Ashab - will be the tournament runner if not debating

Novice Policy
Michael Bridell & Isaac Berte
Ella Romanelli & Fernando Prestemon

Schedule (subject to change - may be 3 rounds instead of 4)
Arrive by 8AM
Round I 8:30
Round II 10:15
Lunch/Talent show: 12-1
Round III 1:00 *
Round IV 2:45

* It is imperative that round 3 begin at 1PM.  We will bring schedules for rounds 3 and 4 to the talent show/lunch time

Provided by the tournament.

Lakeville South Recap

Hard to find a seat on the Edina debate bus!
We took a bus full to Lakeville South on Saturday, one of the few times where the entire team is debating at the same tournament.  It was a surprising to step on the bus and see so many debaters ready go.

Two champions this weekend!  Arvind Veluvali in Impromptu and Kyle Nicholson in JV Lincoln-Douglas.


Varsity Policy
Drew Sposeep & Ashab Alamgir - 4th place
Elbert Wang & Allan Ouyang - 5th place
Adi Mittal & Patrick LaChance - 6th place
Drew Sposeep - 5th speaker

JV Policy
Meredith Song & MaggieWells - 5th place
Claire Carlson & Anne Lepow - 6th place
Anne Lepow - 6th speaker
Meredith Song - 7th speaker
Maggie Wells - 8th speaker

Novice Policy
Ella Romanelli & Fernando Prestermon - 3rd place
Michael Bridell & Daphne Iskos - 7th place

Fernando Prestermon - 4th speaker
Ella Romanelli - 6th speaker
Lindsay Rubin - 7th speaker
Tanner Eugh - 8th speaker

Varsity Lincoln-Douglas
Arvind Veluvali - winning record

JV Lincoln-Douglas

Kyle Nicholson - champion + 5th speaker
Mabel Thomas - 4th place
Katie Bogart - 7th place
Annie Amen - winning record + 3rd speaker
Connie Chao - winning record

Novice Lincoln-Douglas
Antonio Flores - winning record
Gloria Mi - winning record
Murrary Friedberg - winning record
Uma Kumar-Montei - winning record

Arvind Veluvali - Champion
Max Schleck - 3rd

Novice Public Forum
Jack Hong & Richard Zu winning record
Kamron McDaris & Natalie Curtain winning record
Jenny Ma & Hannah Nelson winning record

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nov 16 @ Lakeville South

The Lakeville Debate Tournament
Lakeville South High School [map, directions]
16 November 2013

Bus Times
Depart EHS door 7 at 7AM, return approx 4:30

Round 1 - 8:00
Round 2 - 10:00
Round 3 - Noon
Round 4 - 2:00

Lincoln-Douglas AND Public Forum
Round 1 - 8:30
Round 2 - 9:30
Round 3 - 11:00
Round 4 - 12:30
Round 5 - 1:30

Impromptu *
Round 1 - 10:00
Round 2 - 11:30
Round 3 - 1:00

* all impromptu will be organized out the Media Center on the 3rd floor.  Impromptu speakers should report to Media Center immediately at the conclusion of rounds 2, 3, and 4.  

Annie, Katie, Connie, Sammy, Antonio, Murray, Uma, Romi, Gloria, Kyle, Vikrum, Max, Sophia, Mabel, Arvind

Varsity Policy
Bree and Samantha
Patrick and Adi
Allan and Elbert
Drew and Ashab
Sukriti and Anand

JV Policy
Claire and Anne
Meredith and Zach
Maggie and Megan

Novice Policy
Daphne and Lindsay
Tanner and Issac
Michael and Fernando

Novice Public Forum
Natalie and Kamron
Karin and Ali
Jack and Richard
Aarathia and Jenny
David and Khalid

Novice LD
Sammy, Antonio, Murray, Uma, Romi, Gloria

Annie, Katie, Connie, Kyle, Max, Mabel, Annika

Varsity LD
Arvind, Vikrum

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Edina Debate Team Party

Debate team party - for every debater on our team.   This includes our novice debaters, debaters in public forum, every team member is welcomed.  

Friday, Nov 15 at 6 pm at The LaChance home: 5512 Blake Rd S, Edina MN  55436.  

An evite was sent to everybody on the team and we need you to reply - either yes or no.  (It's impolite to not reply to an RSVP because the host needs to know for planning purposes.)  

If your parents have any questions or if you did not receive an invite, email Barb at

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Busy Weekend Recap

Novice debates pose with awards at Apple Valley HS
A busy weekend for Edina debate.  The team was active at four tournaments on the same day -- Champlin Park, Apple Valley, Concordia, and Michigan.  Awards were also won in three kinds of debate.

Champlin Park: 
Kamron was top speaker in novice public forum while in novice LD Romi was 4th and Gloria was 5th. In varsity LD, Arvind won 4th place as well.

Concordia (Moorhead): 
Meredith and Zach broke to quarters and made it finals where they placed 2nd.  Megan was 7th speaker in novice and Ashab was 10th speaker in varsity.

Apple Valley:
Mabel, Kyle, Max, Annie, and Connie all cleared to octos and earned a marble apple for their efforts. Connie won top speaker.

The group there was lead by Bree and Samantha who finished with a 5-2 record but not enough speaker points to clear.  Round 7 saw two debates between Edina and Westminster where Edina earned a split.

November Schedule Changes

We have a couple changes to the November schedule:

November 8-9
Going to Highland Park with policy debate only, no LD or public forum this weekend.

November 16
Added Lakeville South to a weekend that was previously unscheduled.  We will bring debaters in policy, LD, and public forum.

November 21
No practice due to conferences.

November 25 and 28
No practice due to Thanksgiving. 

8-9 November at Highland Park

Highland Park High School  [map, directions]
8-9 November 2013

Bus Times
Friday 1:45pm depart EHS from door 8, pickup Southview kids at 2PM. Return approx 10PM.
Saturday 7AM depart EHS from door 7. Return approx 6PM.

Second Year Round Robin
Sukriti and Anand

Varsity Policy
Allan and Elbert
Adi and Ashab
Anne and Claire
Shanelle and Drew

Novice Policy
Edina RC: Lindsay Rubin & Daphne Iskos
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Engh
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina IR:  Ella Romanelli & Fernando Prestemon
Edina SV: Meredith Song & Zach Versluis

2:00 – 3:00 Registration opens.  Schools not registered by 2:45 will not be
scheduled round one.
3:15 Round One – All Divisions
5:00 Round Two – All Divisions
6:45 Dinner – All Divisions
7:30 Round Three – All Divisions

8:00 Round Four – All Divisions
10:00 Round Five – All Divisions
12:00 Lunch Break
12:30 Round Six – All Division
3:00 Final Round – Varsity Policy Debate
3:00 Round Seven - Second Year Round Robin
5:30 Awards

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Debate Timers

Everybody needs to be able to keep time.  It's essential for debate.

Here are 3 timing solutions:

Android phones - have a built in timer that's pretty good already, but you can find one in the Google Play store named "Debate Timer" - it works well enough.

iOS devices - there are a couple for iOS that are OK.  I think a plain old count-down timer works well. The one I like is called "Countdown: The Big Timer & Clock" and works well.

Alternatives, you can buy a plain old kitchen timer found at Target.  

Nov 1-2 @ Apple Valley

The Minneapple 
Apple Valley High School
1-2 November 2013

Scott Highlands Middle School [directions, map]
14011 Pilot Knob Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Novice LD Preliminary Rounds

Apple Valley High School [directions, map]
14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Registration, Varsity LD Preliminary and Elimination Rounds, Novice and JV LD Elimination Rounds, LD Awards Ceremony

Andy Charrier

Friday - depart 2:45 door 8 of EHS; return 9:30ish
* Important that you are not late either day, but especially Friday.  We need the wheels turning on the bus at 2:45
Saturday - depart 7AM door 7 of EHS; return about 6PM

Novice LD
Annie Amen
Katie Bogart
Connie Chao
Max Schleck
Mabel Thomas
Kyle Nicholson

Please note: School is over at 3:05 pm but no parking is available until 3:20 pm.
The building opens at 3:30 pm for debaters and judges.
3:00 Shuttles depart for each site.
3:30 Postings available in each building.
4:00 Round One
5:00 Round Two
5:45-6:45 Dinner
7:00 Round Three

6:45 Pairings released at the listed tournament hotels.
The building will be open at 7:00 am.
7:30 Posting at Valley and at S Highlands
8:00 Round Four
9:30 Round Five
11:00 Round Six
11:45 Shuttle buses leave for AVHS for
lunch and postings.
12:00-12:45 Lunch in AVHS Cafeteria

12:45pm Announcement of Varsity, JV, and Novice Elimination Round Participants
in AVHS Cafeteria

1:15 pm JV & Novice Octafinals
2:30 pm  JV & Novice Quarterfinals
3:45 pm JV & Novice Semifinals
5:15 pm AWARDS CEREMONY in AVHS Gymnasium
6:30 pm JV & Novice Finals

Nov 2 @ Champlin Park

Champlin Park High School
6025 109th Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316 [directions, map]
2 November 2013 (Saturday)

Megan Koester

Depart 7AM- door 7 of EHS
Return 4:30ish - call for ride when you leave Champlin Park

PACK a lunch and plenty to eat.  Concessions will be light.

Public Forum

Varsity LD
Arvind Veluvali

Novice LD
Murray Friedberg
Romi Lee
Sophia Shulz-Rusnacko
Antonio Flores
Uma Kumar-Montei
Gloria Mi
Sammy Dickinson

Public Forum

Round 1: 8:30am
Round 2: 9:30am
Round 3: 10:45am (powered off of rounds 1 -2)
Lunch Break: 11:30-12:15
Round 4: 12:15pm-1:10pm (powered off of rounds 1-3)
Round 5: 1:30pm (powered off of rounds 1-4)
Final Round: 2:45pm

Nov 1-2 @ Concordia College (Moorhead)

70th Annual W.E. Lillo Invitational Debate Tournament
Concordia College, Moorhead MN
1-2 November 2013

Chris Stinson
Pete Gokey
Judging- Sarah Mogen, Joe Skaggs

This is your first overnight tournament so here are 3 important reminders:
* You earn opportunities for future travel based on your behavior
* All school and team rules apply
* Bedtime, lights out matter - you need to sleep in order to perform your best

Expense for the trip is $150 which covers bus and hotel.  (You should bring money for food.)  Checks payable to Edina Friends of Forensics, bring to practice on Thursday.

Varsity Policy
Edina AL: Anne Lepow and Ashab Alamgir

Novice Policy
Edina RC: Lindsay Rubin & Claire Carlson
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Engh
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina IR:  Ella Romanelli & Daphne Iskos
Edina SV: Meredith Song & Zach Versluis

Depart- 7:15AM pickup on the back side of EHS
Return- hard to estimate, might be 10PM on Saturday night.  It's about a 4 hour bus ride.

Holiday Inn - Fargo
803 13th Ave S
Fargo, North Dakota   58103

* Hotel has a pool.  And the pool has a pirate ship.  What could be better?

Friday, November 1st
10:00 a.m.                   Phone Registration. Call 218-299-3731 to verify your entry.
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.          Registration: Centrum in the Knutson Center        
3:00 p.m.                     General announcements: Centrum
3:15 p.m.                     Pairings Released for Round 1, 2 and 3: Centrum
4:00 p.m.                     Dismissal from Centrum
4:15 p.m.                     Round 1 all debate divisions
6:00 p.m.                     Round 2 all debate divisions
7:30 p.m.                     Dinner Break
8:00 p.m.                     Round 3 all debate divisions

Saturday, November 2nd
6:45 a.m.                     Pairings released on-line
7:30 a.m.                     Pairings posted in Wall Lounge
8:00 a.m.                     Round 4 all divisions
10:00 a.m.                 Pairings for round 5 will be released as soon as powermatching is finished.

Please do not wander off.

10:30 a.m.                 Round 5 all divisions (flip for sides)
12:00 p.m.                   Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.                   First elimination round Policy Debate
3:00 p.m.                     Awards:  Centrum
as soon                        Remaining elimination rounds

Nov 1-3 @ Univ of Michigan

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
1-3 November 2013

Adriane Brown
Bobby Ciborowski

Bree Peilen - Samantha Hunt
Anja Beth Swoap - Shanelle Roman
Drew Sposeep - Patrick LaChance

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South. Their address and contact information is 3205 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, Phone: (734) 995-5900.

Meet on lowest level of airport, same as Grapevine.  Go in on either ticketing or baggage level and then take escalator all the way to the basement level.  Meeting time is 7:15AM.  Need to be on time and then everything will work out.  Bring your ID or passport for travel - assuming you all have. If not, let Andy know.

Fri 01NOV
AR 11:07am DETROIT
DELTA 2198
Mon 04NOV

I requested wifi access for each debater and coach from Univ of Michigan so that you can be connected all weekend long.

Friday, November 1st:
10:00 am- 12:00 pm- Registration at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South Schembechler Suite
2:30 pm- 3:30 pm- Late Registration on Campus at Angell Hall
4:00 pm- Round 1 and 2 pairings released Online and at Tournament Buildings
4:30 pm- Round 1 (Preset)
7:00 pm- Round 2 (Preset)

Saturday, November 2nd:
7:00 am- Pairings released Online, at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South, and on Campus
8:00 am- Round 3 (High-High)
10:00 am- Round 4 (Lagged Powered and High-Low)
12:00 pm- Lunch Break
1:00 pm- Round 5 (High-Low)
4:00 pm- Round 6 (High-Low)
6:00 pm- Dinner Break
7:00 pm- Round 7 (High-Low)

Sunday, November 3rd:
7:00 am- Elimination Pairings Released Online, at the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor South, and Tournament Buildings
8:00 am- Varsity Double Octafinals and Novice Octafinals
10:00 am- Awards Assembly in an Angell Hall Auditorium immediately following Varsity Double Octafinals and Novice Octafinals
11:00 am- Varsity Octafinals and Novice Quarterfinals
2:00 pm- Varsity Quarterfinals and Novice Semifinals
5:00 pm- Varsity Semifinals and Novice Finals
8:00 p.m.- Varsity Finals

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oct 25-26 @ Roseville Area

The Rosebowl Invitational
Roseville Area High School [map, directions]
25-26 October 2013

Coach in Charge
Pete Gokey

Bus Times
Friday 3:30 depart door 7 EHS, return late - about 10PM
Saturday 8AM depart door 7 EHS, return about 4:30PM

Novice Policy
Edina CR: Lindsay Rubin & Claire Carlson
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Engh
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina RV:  Ella Romanelli & Zach Versluis
Edina BP: Michael Bridell & Fernando Prestemon

I'd for sure bring stuff to eat both days. I have not been to this tournament before so don't know what to expect for food availability.  And bring the usual water bottle too.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

25-27 October @ Cedar Rapids Washington

Iowa Caucus
Cedar Rapids Washington HS
25-27 October 2013

Chris Stinson
Luke Plutowski
Bobby Ciborowski

Bus Times
Depart 7AM on Friday 10/25  EHS - same spot as we used for Valley
Return Sunday 10/27 after everybody bus is eliminated - estimate 6PM but that's a guess

** Bring books necessary to do homework as there will be downtime.

Varsity CX Debate
   Bree Peilen - Samantha Hunt
   Anja Beth Swoap - Shanelle Roman
   Drew Sposeep - Patrick LaChance
   Sukriti Rawal - Anand Mittal
   Anne Lepow - Adi Mittal

Hotel Information
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE | Cedar Rapids | IA | United States 52401
T: 1-319-731-4444

Friday, 25 October
11-2.00 pm      Tournament Registration at Washington HS; Room 128
2.30pm             Policy and Public Forum round one (Washington HS)  
Please do not plan to go to Franklin Middle School prior to 3.30pm.
4.00pm             L/D round one (Franklin Middle School)
4.30pm             Policy and Public Forum Round two
6.00pm            L/D round two
dinner break
8.00pm            Policy and Public Forum Round three
8.30pm           LD round three

Saturday, 26 October
Halloween costumes are always encouraged during Saturday competition.
7.30-8.30am   complimentary breakfast at both tournament sites
8.00am         round four Policy and Public Forum (WHS)
8.30am         round four L/D (Franklin MS)
11.00 am     round five all events
lunch break
2pm              round six all events
4.30pm        double-octofinals if necessary in varsity events; quarterfinals in NCX
6.30pm        awards assembly (WHS auditorium)
7.30pm      octofinals LD and VCX/ PF quarterfinals/ NCX semifinals (all octofinals at WHS)
Remaining Saturday elimination rounds to follow immediately
Be aware that, when possible, we will begin rounds EARLY. With this in mind, please do not leave the tournament site.

Sunday, 27 October    
All events at the Collins Rd. Marriott Hotel
8.00am         Judge strikes for both divisions
8.30am         VCX Policy quarterfinals, NCX Policy finals and L/D semifinals
Remaining elimination rounds in Policy and L/D to follow immediately.

NO Practice Thursday

We announced this several times on Monday, but just to make sure we've left no stone unturned...there is definitely no practice on Thursday due to the school holiday. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Practice Panorama

We had an all-team meeting tonight - to celebrate success and remind ourselves of the challenges we face.

Our message to the team tonight was this: “Life isn’t about what you can’t accomplish, it’s about what you’ve yet to achieve.” To that end, we watched an inspirational video about Richie Parker, a man born without arms, yet lives a life of both normalcy and excellence. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Novice Results from U of MN

Edina novice policy debaters competed at the U of M tonight.

Quick set of results submitted by Coach Gokey:

Megan Shanahan is 12th speaker
Claire Carlson is 6th speaker
Tanner Engh is 5th speaker

Rubin and Carlson is 9th place
Wells and Shanahan is 8th place

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Judges Needed for Blaine

The good news is that we are taking 46 debaters out this weekend. We have a healthy, growing team with many motivated students who want to debate.  In order to make it possible for them to debate, we need judges for the tournament at Blaine on Saturday.  Every school has to provide judges in proportion to their entry -- if we can't find more judges, we have to reduce the number of kids who get to debate this weekend.  There isn't a third option.  Judging isn't hard -- although it might seem scary because of the unknow the first time -- and we do have some training materials to help you prepare so you know what to expect.  You'd only be judging novice debaters in the simplest debate format.  If you are willing to judge, please contact Pete at

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Double Champions at Minneapolis South

Minneapolis South 2013 - Novice LD Champion Max, Varsity LD Champion Arvind

Oct 12 @ Blaine

Blaine High School
12555 University Ave NE Blaine, MN [map + directions]
12 October 2013

Bus Times
Depart EHS 7AM from door 7
Return 5PM (estimate)

Novice Public Forum
Aarathi Garimella and Livy Alger
Ali Dickson and Karin Deverdier
Khalid Ishani and David Ma
Natalie Curtin and Kamron McDaris

Varsity LD
Madison Seeley
Arvind Veluvali
Vikrum Puram

Novice Lincoln-Douglas
Murray Friedberg
Max Schleck
Katie Bogart
Romi Lee
Kyle Nicholson
Sophia Shulz-Rusnacko
Connie Chao
Antonio Flores
Sammy Dickinson
Dylan Wrede
Uma Kumar-Montei
Annie Amen
Mabel Thomas

Impromptu *
Connie Chao
Sophia Shulz-Rusnacko
Max Schleck
Kyle Nicholson
Romi Lee
Uma Kumar-Montei
Madison Seeley
Arvind Veluvali
Vikrum Puram
Mabel Thomas

* You will do Impromptu between rounds 2, 3, and 4

Lincoln Douglas & Public Forum
Round 1   8:30
Round 2   9:35
Round 3  10:45
Round 4  12:30
Round 5  2:00

Awards will be given to the top five impromptu speakers.  The time a student has to draw a topic, prepare a speech, and deliver the speech will be no more than five minutes.  For the first two rounds students will draw one of two topics for each round.  One of the topics/quotes will be related to the September/October NFL resolution (civil disobedience) and the other topic/quote will be related to the October NFL resolution (nuclear proliferation).  For the third round students will be given a fortune cookie and the fortune will be the basis for the speech.

Round 1-Following Round 2 of LD/PF
Round 2-Following Round 3 or LD/PF
Round 3-Following Round 4 of LD/PF

Food - Madison Seeley and Vikrum Puram are in charge of coordination
Students/schools can preorder subway sandwiches for lunch.  The price is $3 for a six inch sub.  Students can choose from turkey, ham, or veggie subs.  We need to have subs ordered by 5:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, October 9th.  Other concessions (snacks only) will be available throughout the day.  Students are welcome to bring their own meals.

What to Bring
Paper copies of your cases
Paper and pens for flowing
Timer or phone that can countdown
Your evidence in a folder or computer
Charger for laptop
Water bottle
Money for concessions
Snacks - it's a long day

Oct 11-12 @ U of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Wiley Hall - West Bank campus [map + directions]
11-12 October 2013

Bus Times
Friday -
2PM depart from door 8
10:30PM return to EHS

Saturday -
7AM depart from door 7
5:30PM return to EHS - could be later if we have a team in the final round

* There WILL be down time, especially for novices, so bring your homework -- there is plenty of space at the U to sit down and study for a while

You can bring your own snacks to eat.  There is also a Quiznos, Chipotle, and Noodles all very close to campus.  You need to check in with a coach and go in a group of 3 or more to eat at one of these places.

Varsity Round Robin (Friday and Saturday)
Samantha Hunt and Bree Peilen

Varsity (Friday and Saturday)
Anja Beth Swoap and Shanelle Roman
Patrick LaChance and Drew Sposeep
Adi Mittal and Ashab Alamgir
Allan Ouyang and Elbert Wang
Sukriti Rawal and Anand Mittal

Novice (Friday)
Edina EB: Tanner Engh & Isaac Berte
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina IR:  Ella Romanelli & Daphne Iskos
Edina SV: Meredith Song & Zach Versluis
Edina RC: Lindsay Rubin & Claire Carlson

Novice (Saturday)
Edina EB: Tanner Engh & Isaac Berte
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina IR:  Ella Romanelli & Daphne Iskos
Edina SV: Meredith Song & Zach Versluis
Edina BT: Landon Tselepus & Michael Bridell

Anne Lepow (friday)

Friday, October 11, 2013
2:00-3p             Registration, TBA
3:15p                Round the First
                        VCX Rnd 1, NCX-Fr & JVCX-Fr Rnd 1
5:15p                Round the Second
                        VCX Rnd 2, NCX-Fr & JVCX-Fr Rnd 2
6:45-7:15p         Dinner
7:30                  Round the Third
                        VCX Rnd 3, NCX-Fr & JFCX-Fr Rnd 2
9:30p                NCX & JVCX Friday Tourney Awards,
10:00p              Bus pick-up

Saturday, October 12, 2013
7-7:30a             Registration, TBA
8:00a                Round the Fourth
                        VCX Rnd 4, Rnd 1 for NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa
10:00a              Round the Fifth
                        VCX Rnd 5, Rnd 2 for NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa
11:30a-12:00p   Lunch
12:00p              Round the Sixth
                        VCX Qtrs, Rnd 3 for NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa
2:00p                Round the Seventh
                        VCX Sems, Rnd 4 NCX-Sa, JVCX-Sa
4:30p                Awards
5:00p                Round the Eighth
                        VCX, Finals

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Parent Judge Opportunities

We are seeking parents to serve as debate judges for the next 3 tournaments.  We have opportunities (and a need) for parent judge volunteers for these events:

Saturday, Oct 5 @ Minneapolis South
Saturday, Oct 12 @ Blaine
Saturday, Oct 26 @ Andover

Your willingness to help makes it possible for our growing team to compete.  If you are available, please contact coach Andy Charrier -

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oct 4-5 @ Minneapolis South

Minneapolis Southside Season Opener
3131 S 19th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407 [map+directions]
4-5 October 2013

* Update - we are taking our whole team to Minneapolis South rather than split between the two tournaments, so both LD and Policy will be together.

Coaches in Charge
Andy Charrier
Pete Gokey

Varsity Policy (Friday and Saturday)
Sukriti Rawal and Anand Mittal
Adi Mittal and Anne Lepow

Novice Policy (Saturday only)
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Engh
Edina SW: Maggie Wells & Megan Shannahan
Edina RS: Ella Romanelli & Meredith Song
Edina TV: Landon Tselepis & Zach Versluis

Varsity LD (Saturday only)
Madison Seeley
Arvind Veluvali
Vikrum Puram

Novice LD (Saturday only) *
Murray Friedberg
Max Schleck
Romi Lee
Sophia Shulz-Rusnacko
Connie Chao
Gloria Mi
Sammy Dickinson
Tommy Jiang
Annie Amen
Mabel Thomas
Uma Kumar-Montei

Bus- Friday for Varsity only
Excused from class at 2:45.
Depart from Door 8 - It is by the field house, one door after door 7 and the main entrance.
Depart Edina at 3PM
Return at 9PM (estimate)

Bus- Saturday for Novice and Varsity
Depart from Door 7.
Depart Edina 7:30AM
Return at 6:30PM (estimate)

Schedule for Policy Debate
Friday, Oct 4:
3:30 - 4:00 PM:           Registration
4:00 PM:                     Opening Announcements
4:15 PM:                     Round 1 (Varsity)       Scrimmage Round 1 (Novice/JV)
6:00 PM:                     Dinner Break
6:45 PM:                     Round 2 (Varsity)       Scrimmage Round 2 (Novice/JV)
8:30 PM:                     Bus pickup

Saturday, Oct 5:
8:00 AM:                     Arrival
8:15 AM:                     Opening Announcements
8:30 AM:                     Round 3 (Varsity)                   Round 1 (Novice/JV)
10:00 AM:                   Students assemble in auditorium
10:20 – 11:20 AM       Special invited guest speaker:

Dr. Ike Brannon, senior fellow for R Street, former senior economist at White House and chief economist to Congressional Joint Economic Committee

11:20 AM – 12 PM     Lunch
12 PM:                        Round 4 (Varsity)                   Round 2 (Novice/JV)          
1:45 PM:                     Round 5 (Varsity)                   Round 3 (Novice/JV)          
3:45 PM:                     Awards
4:15 PM:                     Elimination round for all divisions
6:00 PM:                     Departure

Schedule for Lincoln-Douglas Debate
9:00 AM:                     LD Round 1
10:15 AM                    LD Round 2
11:20 AM – 12 PM     Lunch
12 PM:                        LD Round 3  
1:15 PM:                     LD Round 4
2:30 PM:                     LD Round 5              
3:45 PM:                     Awards
4:15 PM:                     Elimination round for all divisions

What to Bring
Paper copies of your cases
Paper and pens for flowing
Timer or phone that can countdown
Your evidence in a folder or computer
Charger for laptop
Water bottle
Money for concessions
Snacks - it's a long day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sept 28 @ Chanhassen

Chanhassen/MDTA Jamboree
Chanhassen High School
2200 Lyman Boulevard, Chanhassen, MN 55317 [map]
28 September 2013

Coaches in Charge
Pete Gokey
Andy Charrier

Novice Policy
Edina IS: Meredith Song & Daphne Iskos
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Eugh
Edina RW: Maggie Wells & Ella Romanelli
Edina HS: Lauren Herrmann & Megan Shannahan
Edina RC: Lindsay Rubin & Claire Carlson

Novice LD
Max Schleck
Uma Kumar-Montei
Sophia Schulz-Rusnacko
Murray Friedberg
Mabel Thomas
Kyle Nicholson
Romi Lee
Andrew Lambrecht
Antonio Flores
Connie Chao
Sammy Dickinson
Ashley Gooden
Alex Lundahl

Depart Edina at 7:30AM from door 7 - the main entrance
Return at 5:30PM (estimate)

7:30 am School opens to competitors
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration (in student commons)
8:45 am Opening Meeting (Cafeteria)
9:15 am Round 1 LD/PF (V/JV); LD/PF Observation (N)
10:15 am Round 2 LD/PF (V/JV); LD/PF Round Analysis (N)
11:15 am Lunch (Policy)
11:45 am Round 3 LD/PF (V/JV); Round 1 LD/PF (N)
11:45 am Round 2 Policy
12:45 pm Lunch (LD/PF)
1:15 pm Round 4 LD/PF (V/JV); Round 2 LD/PF (N)
2:00 pm Round 3 Policy
2:45 pm Round 5 LD/PF (V/JV); Round 3 LD/PF (N)
4:15 pm Awards in Auditorium (All Events)

What to Bring
Paper copies of your cases
Paper and pens for flowing
Timer or phone that can countdown
Your evidence in a folder or computer
Charger for laptop
Water bottle
Money for concessions
Snacks - it's a long day

Sept 28-30 @ Des Moines Valley

2013 Mid-America Cup
West Des Moines Valley High School
3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266 [map + directions]
28-30 September 2013

Coaches in Charge
Chris Stinson
Adriane Brown
Also: Bobby, Luke, Clay, and Nate Meyer (judge)

Bus Information - loading at door 13
** Load bus at 3:45PM **
Depart Edina HS @ 4PM on Friday 9/27 -- we need the bus rolling at 4PM.
Return Monday - after everybody on the bus has been eliminated - could be late in afternoon or into the evening

We are sharing the bus with Wayzata, Eagan, and Jefferson and there will just a couple open seats on the bus, so be prompt about loading time.

Room Use
This note came from the tournament director and is important for both judges and debaters.
"Our building has been largely renovated since last year and there is an important note that I would like you to share with your teams and debaters: At Valley High School, we will be enforcing a rule that debaters may not enter their room until the judge is present. This is to address teacher concerns, particularly in science rooms. We will have adult volunteers walking the halls gently but firmly enforcing this rule, and if we find any students in a science room without a judge present, the consequence will be forfeiting the debate. "

Friday, September 27, 2013
All schools must attend registration. Strike and preference sheets will be filled out at registration.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Policy rounds will take place at Valley High School.
8:00 am                       Debate round 1
10:00 am                     Debate Round 2
11:30 pm                     Lunch
1:00 pm                       Debate Round 3
4:00 pm                       Debate Round 4

Sunday, September 29, 2013
8:00 am                       Debate round 5
11:00 am                     Debate round 6
12:30 pm                     Lunch
2:00 pm                       Double octofinals, all divisions
Awards and octofinals in each division will take place according to that division's schedule. These times will be announced by each division director.

Monday, September 30, 2013
All rounds take place at the West Des Moines Marriott
8:00 am                       Quarterfinals
11:00 pm                     Semifinals
2:00 pm                       Finals

Competing - all in Varsity
Patrick and Drew
Sukriti and Anand
Ashab and Allan
Adi and Anne
Bree and Samantha
Anja Beth and Shanelle

1 hired judge through tournament
Nate - both days
Clay - Saturday
Luke - Sunday

Courtyard Marriott/Des Moines West/Jordan Creek.
410 S 68th St
West Des Moines IA  50266
phone #515-223-9800

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sept 21 @ Eagan Novice Scrimmage

21 September 2013
Hornet-Wildcat Novice Warm-up
Eagan High School [map & directions]
4185 Braddock Trail
Eagan, MN 55123

Bus Times
Depart Edina @ 12:15PM
Return approximately 4-5pm - we will have students call for a ride when 20 minutes away
** This is a change in times due to Eagan having a building conflict **

Andy Charrier
Pete Gokey

Lincoln-Douglas Novices
Max Schleck
Uma Kumar-Montei
Murray Friedberg
Joshua Everts
Kyle Nicholson
Andrew Lambrecht
Antonio Flores
Connie Chao
Tommy Jiang
Jenny Zhang
Gloria Mi

Policy Novices
Edina EB: Isaac Berte & Tanner Engh
Edina RT:  Ella Romanelli & Landon Tselepis
Edina HS: Lauren Herrmann & Megan Shannahan
Edina RC: Lindsay Rubin & Claire Carlson

* only novice will be debating
* we need experienced debaters to attend and work as judges/mentors
Policy debaters will have 2 debates
Lincoln-Douglas debaters will have 3 debates

What to Bring
Paper copies of your cases
Paper and pens for flowing
Timer or phone that can countdown
Your evidence in a folder or computer
Charger for laptop
Water bottle
Snack - there will not be any concessions

What to Wear
Since this is a scrimmage, wear what you'd wear to school or practice.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Edina Debate Spirit Wear

Edina High School Debate has teamed up with General Sports to offer apparel for the upcoming school year.  Order using this online store.

  • Orders can be placed from now through September 15th, 2013.
  • Please understand that these are all custom orders and will not be shipped until 2-3 weeks after the order close date of September 15th for delivery.
  • As these are custom, no returns or exchanges will be possible.
  • Orders will be delivered by volunteers from the organization.

Sept 13-14 @ Grapevine

25th Annual Grapevine Classic Speech and Debate Tournament
Grapevine High School
3223 Mustang Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051

Flight Information
Meet in the very lowest level of the airport no later than 7:45AM - come in the main level ticketing level and you'll come down to level where the little subway runs to parking garages, etc.  There are rows of benches in this area and we'll meet there. Nobody should try to check in or get boarding passes, that will be done together as a team.  Remember to bring your ID.  My phone is 651-387-8305 if you are lost.

Outbound Friday - DELTA 5762 departs at 9AM arrives DFW 11:28AM
Return Sunday - DELTA 5981 departs at 10:30AM arrives MSP 12:30PM

Hotel Information
Holiday Inn Express

We will check into the hotel before going over to Grapevine, so you can plan to change into tournament clothing at the hotel.

Policy - Anja Beth and Shanelle, Bree and Samantha, Elbert and Allan
LD - Arvind

Andy Charrier
Chris Stinson
Bob Ciborowski

Friday, Sept 13
Registration - 2:15 to 3:45pm
Round 1 4:30
Round 2 6:30
Round 3 9:15

Saturday, Sept 14
Round 4 8:00am
Round 5 11:00
Elims begin 2:00pn
Awards 7:30pm
Finals 11:00pm

* Follow our guidelines from the meeting last week: neat + professional looking.
* Bring a water bottle.
* Bring cash for food.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Practice Begins Aug 19th

This is an exciting time for Edina debate -- we have all of our experienced debaters returning from camp, plus we've had many inquiries from new debaters who wish to join the team.  The new season begins on Monday, August 19th at 6PM.

Report to the 300's hallway (math) of Edina High School and we'll give you more specific rooms once you arrive.   

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hello, Twitter!

We are on Twitter at @edinadebate - we'll tweet links to the stories that are here, plus updates from tournaments and results.

Can we find 100 followers by the time school starts? 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2013 Debate Mini-Camp

The 2013 Edina debate mini-camp will be on Saturday, August 24th.

The mini-camp is for returning, experienced team members. 

We'll start at 10AM and finish at 3-4PM.

Since we'll already have been practicing for a couple days by the time we get to the 24th, our plan is to use the time for some individual and group discussions about goals for the upcoming seasons, plus organizing strategy and research assignments.  For sure we will do some mini-debates or drills as well.

This will be at the home of Coach Adriane (I will email you her address).  She will provide some light snacks, but everybody should bring $5 and we'll organize a team pizza order for lunch. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Join The Team

The next meeting to learn about joining the debate team will be Monday, August 5th at 6PM in room 333 (Community Room) at EHS.   At the meeting you'll hear from coaches and current team members about how debate works and why it might be the right choice for you.  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Handout from May 30th Meeting

Download your own copy of the presentation from the May 30th informational meeting for new debaters.

If you have questions about joining the team, contact coach Andy Charrier at

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013-14 Season Calendar

September 2013
13-14 Dallas- Grapevine [Exp LD and Exp Policy]
21 Scrimmage @ Eagan [Exp LD and Exp Policy - novices might go too, if Eagan ready]
28-30 Des Moines Valley [Exp Policy]
28 MDTA Jamboree @ Chanhassen [Exp & Nov LD + Exp & Nov Policy]

5 Anoka [Exp and Nov LD]
4-5 Minneapolis South [Exp and Nov Policy]
12 Blaine [Exp and Nov LD]
11-12 U of MN [Exp and Nov Policy]
18-20 Dallas- St. Mark's [Exp LD and Exp Policy]
25-26 Roseville [Exp and Nov Policy]
26 Andover [Exp and Nov LD]
25-27 Cedar Rapids Washington [Exp Policy]

1-3 University of Michigan [Exp Policy]
1-2 Concordia - Moorhead [Nov and Exp Policy]
1-2 Apple Valley [Nov and Exp LD]
8-9 Highland Park [Policy]
16 Lakeville South [LD, PF, and Policy]
21 No practice - conferences
23 Robinsdale Cooper and Armstrong [Nov LD]
23 U of MN [Nov and Exp Policy]
23-25 Glenbrooks (Chicago) [LD and Policy]
25 No practices - Thanksgiving week

6-7 MDTA Novice-JV State @ Eagan [LD + Policy] 
13-14 open (will take this weekend off)
20-22 Blake School @ Minneapolis Hyatt  [Exp LD and Exp Policy]

January 2014
10-11 Sections [LD + Policy]
17-18 State  [LD + Policy]
24-25 NFLs  [LD + Policy]

February 2014
Student Congress dates + national qualifier dates TBD

Tournament of Champions - Lexington, KY
CFL Nationals - Chicago, IL 

NFL Nationals - Kansas City, KS

Seeking New Debaters

On May 30th at 6PM in the Community Room at EHS we'll have an informational meeting for students interested in joining the team. Coming to the meeting does not obligate you to join the team. Current 8th through 11th graders are welcome to be on the team.

Consider our case for debate:

Our team is very successful. When you debate for Edina, you are debating for one of the better teams in America. Two years ago Edina finished the season as Minnesota state champions and qualified for Nationals four years in a row.  We schedule a difficult season and will compete against the best debaters locally and nationally – this year our varsity team members will be traveling to tournaments in North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas and Kentucky.  Even as a new debater you will have a chance to debate against debaters from coast-to-coast as we attend a national-level tournaments at Apple Valley and Blake.  

Colleges value students who are articulate and can organize their thoughts. More than 15% of West Point cadets were debaters. Of students in the Harvard class of 2012, more than 10% identified debate as their primary extracurricular activity in high school. The skills you learn as a debater make you an excellent communicator, synthesizer, and critical thinker.  This explains why the Wall Street Journal highlighted a consistent trend in selective college admissions relative to debate. State and national debate award winners have a 22% to 30% higher acceptance rate at top tier colleges and being captain of the debate team improved an applicant’s chances by more than 60% compared with the rest of the pool.  No other sport or activity had this kind of statistical impact. A former debater, who attended Harvard Law School, wrote me a note recently saying that, of all of her high school and undergraduate education, what prepared her most for law school was being on the high school debate team.  

Debate is a place to call home.  Edina high school is a big place. Our debate team is a place to belong and establish an identity in the school. Everybody on the team is important to all of the coaches. 

For more information on joining the Edina debate team, contact head coach Andy Charrier at

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Meeting for Returning Debaters

On Monday, May 20th at 3:30 in room 310 at EHS we'll have a meeting of returning debaters.

The meeting should last about 1 hour and we'd like to get everybody who debated this year, both LD and policy to attend.  Building a strong team starts with hearing what you think about the state of the team and what you think we need to do to move forward together, so this is more of a working meeting and not just informational.