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 -