Sunday, November 20, 2016

2016 Congress National Qualifier

2016 Southern MN NSDA National Qualifier for Congressional Debate
Minnesota State Capitol, Senate Office Building
22 November 2016

This is our opportunity to get some people qualified for nationals.

Amanda Soczynski

Bus Times:
Depart EHS at 7:00AM, return 5-6 depending on traffic.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 9:00 Seating Charts and Orders of the Day
9:00 - 12:00 Session I
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 Session II
4:00 - 4:30 Awards

   Mark Kivimaki
   Saumya Mangalick

   Connie Chao
   Houlin (Gloria) Mi
   James Kuznecoff
   Jay Chochreck
   Kathleen Scoggin
   Leah Schmitt
   Rahil Modi
   Stella Olken-Hunt
   Tanner Engh
   Tanner Jones

All of the legislation for the tournament is posted here. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Public Forum Schedule Plans

Public Forum debaters -- here is the practice plan for the days running up to the Novice/JV state tournament: 
Monday November 21:  No practice for either Varsity or Novice.  

Thursday November 24: Eat pie.  Mmm pie.

Monday November 28:  Novice practice from 4-6, led by varsity leaders (Richard, David, Aarathi, Jenny, Emily, James, Khalid.)  

Wednesday November 30:  JV practice from 5:30-8:30. JV debates 2 practice rounds, judged by varsity leaders.  JV teams to debate:  Kendrew/Chloe, Theo/Matt, Jay/Oscar, Jennifer/Caroline. 

Thursday December 1: LAST novice practice of the year.  4-6:30 PM.  Varsity leaders attend and help practice.  I will be there! Practice rounds, pizza, and prep. 

Friday December 2:  First day of JV Novice State!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nov 19 @ University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota, West Bank
19 November 2016

Rounds will take place in Blegen Hall and surrounding West Bank buildings.

Depart EHS 7AM door 7, return about 6:30PM

Bus Drop off: Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Traffic Circle

301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Pete Gokey

Code Event Name
Edina BP Varsity Bothwell & Peterson
Edina HH Varsity Hetletvedt & Holtmeier
Edina YY Varsity Yang & Yang

** Novices will posted after practice on Monday


Check-in: 8:00
Round 1: 8:45
Round 2: 10:45
Lunch: 12:15 - 1:30
Round 3: 1:30
Round 4: 3:30
Awards: 5:45 - 6:15

Nov 19 @ Robbinsdale

Birds of Prey Invitational
Lincoln-Douglas -- Armstrong High School. 10635 36th Ave North. Plymouth, MN 55441
Public Forum -- Cooper High School. 8230 47th Ave. North. New Hope, MN 55428
19 November 2016

Depart 7AM from EPAC door 7
Return about 4PM -- call for ride home when you leave the tournament, it's about 20 minutes to Edina.  It might end up being a lot later depending on how things go - if we do well, if could be later (see schedule below).

Lincoln-Douglas will be held at Armstrong High School. 10635 36th Ave North. Plymouth, MN 55441
Public Forum and Congressional Debate:
Public Forum and Congressional will be held at Cooper High School. 8230 47th Ave. North. New Hope, MN 55428
LD/PF Schedule:
  • Round 1 LD - 8:30 AM
  • Round 1 PF - 8:45 AM
  • Round 2 - 9:30 AM
  • Round 3 - 10:30 AM
  • Round 4 - 12:15 PM
  • Round 5 - 1:45 PM
  • Semi-Finals - 3:30 PM
  • Finals - After awards
Congress Schedule:
  • Session One - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Session Two - 10:45 to 1:15 PM (lunch 11:45 to 12:15)
  • Session Three - 1:45 to 3:45 PM

Alexander Al-Najim   Congressional            Alexander Al-Najim
Bowen Zheng            Congressional            Bowen Zheng
Victor Nikolov           Congressional            Victor Nikolov

Edina AG        JV LD   Amrutha Garimella
Edina BK        JV LD   Biren Kayyal
Edina JS          JV LD   Jake Straub
Edina KS        JV LD   Kathleen Scoggin
Edina MI        JV LD   Mythili Iyer
Edina NA        JV LD   Nathan Annareddy
Edina NH        JV LD   Noel Hayward
Edina SO        JV LD   Stella Olken-Hunt
Edina ZI          JV LD   Zoe Iyer
Edina AM       JV PF   Ai & Machart
Edina DF        JV PF   Dalsin & Fu
Edina PS         JV PF   Paradis & Santoni

Edina AV        Novice LD       Ananth Veluvali
Edina AJ         Novice LD       Atman Jahagirdar
Edina BB        Novice LD       Ben Bruzek
Edina CH        Novice LD       Charlie Heinecke
Edina EM       Novice LD       Ellen Mi
Edina EQ        Novice LD       Ethan Quick
Edina JU         Novice LD       Jake Uribe
Edina KS        Novice LD       Kamaljot Singh
Edina LJ          Novice LD       Lily Jones
Edina MK       Novice LD       Matt Kumar-Montei
Edina MR       Novice LD       Matthew Ruppert
Edina YM       Novice LD       Yash Mangalick

Edina AP        Novice PF       Aadalen & Pan
Edina Pa         Novice PF       Atalla & Pardo
Edina IT         Novice PF       Idrogo & Tietjen
Edina JW        Novice PF       Jiang & Wu
Edina KT        Novice PF       Kunga & Tseringtso
Edina RR        Novice PF       Ragus & Ressemann
Edina Ru        Novice PF       Rewalliwar & Rubin
Edina SW       Novice PF       Scribner & Wang

Edina AS         Varsity LD      Aiden Swan
Edina AM       Varsity LD      Anand Mittal
Edina CC        Varsity LD      Connie Chao
Edina GM       Varsity LD      Gloria Mi
Edina JR         Varsity LD      Jonah Rosenthal
Edina MK       Varsity LD      Mark Kivimaki
Edina OJ         Varsity LD      Om Jahagirdar
Edina PS         Varsity LD      Prasoon Sinha
Edina RM       Varsity LD      Rahil Modi
Edina SC         Varsity LD      Sandra Chen
Edina UK        Varsity LD      Uma Kumar-Montei

Edina BF         Varsity PF       Bevers & Fan
Edina CM       Varsity PF       Chen & Maynor
Edina MZ        Varsity PF       Maheshwari & Zhu
Edina OC        Varsity PF       O'Brien & Chochrek
Edina PV        Varsity PF       Phenertton & Varadhan

Monday, November 7, 2016

Debate Volunteers Needed

This weekend Edina will host our own debate and speech tournament, which will end up as one of the largest tournaments of the Minnesota season.   Right now we have 22 schools from Minnesota and Iowa . 

We need your help in 3 ways this weekend: 

(1)  There two teams from Iowa that are asking for help housing their debaters.  It’s a total of 12 students.  Ideally we could send them off in pairs to 6 different homes.  Your obligation is to be an overnight host, serve breakfast, and bring them to the tournament in the morning.

(2) Volunteers are needed to make the tournament work.    There are a variety of ways we need help, something should fit for every personality type. 

Use this link for volunteering either for housing or helping with the tournament -- -- this link is on the website too. 

(3) We need judges.  It is our own home tournament and we want every single Edina debater to participate.  We will train you. Even if you’ve never judged before, this is your chance!  

Contact Joe Schmitt at regarding judging. 

Thanks very much for your consideration and support.

Andy Charrier

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nov 12 @ The 2nd Annual Edina Classic

The Edina Classic
Edina High School
12 November 2016

Coach-in-Charge *
Hayley Pierce-Ramsdell
Tim Greenfield
* If you are an Edina competitor, you should go to these two people for any questions during the day.  They will be working at the table outside the tab room.

Check-in on tournament day
Everybody who is competing -- both speech and debate -- needs to check in with Hayley (and only Hayley) in room 324 by 7:30AM. She will have a clipboard and a copy of our roster.  If you are not checked in by 7:30 we are dropping you from the tournament. Once you've checked in, you need to take your materials to the common space and prep like we do at any other tournament.

  1. Nobody leaves until the building is cleaned.  As soon as you are done debating/speaking, you need to report to room 324 to be assigned clean-up jobs.  With a team our size, we should be able to having building more or less done by the time awards begin.
  2. We expect you to attend awards.  
  3. Do we want to win things? Absolutely!  But we also take the extra steps expected of hosts. For example, if you see people looking for rooms, you need to take time to graciously help our guests.  ("Never trashy, always classy.") We also need you to look out for well-being of our classrooms.
  4. Everybody competes.
  5. I need 6-8 volunteers to help with setup on Friday night.  We'll start at 4 and finish when we have the building ready for competition.  We'll provide dinner when we're done.  BUT...I only want helpers who ask, "What can I do next?"  
  6. Then I need Connie, Gloria, Uma, Leah, and Anand to be my extra-help helpers on Saturday, making one final sweep of building to make sure everything is clean.
Entries: Edina HS
Alexander Al-Najim Congressional Debate Alexander Al-Najim
Bowen Zheng Congressional Debate Bowen Zheng

Saumya Mangalick Dramatic Interpretation Saumya Mangalick

Ramsey & Suliman Duo Interpretation Quinn Ramsey, Ayah Suliman

Edina AG JV LD Amrutha Garimella
Edina BK JV LD Biren Kayyal
Edina LF JV LD Lucca Figari
Edina MI JV LD Mythili Iyer
Edina NA JV LD Nathan Annareddy
Edina NH JV LD Noel Hayward
Edina JS JV LD Jake Straub
Edina SO JV LD Stella Olken-Hunt
Edina ZI JV LD Zoe Iyer

Edina AV Novice LD Ananth Veluvali
Edina AJ Novice LD Atman Jahagirdar
Edina BB Novice LD Ben Bruzek
Edina CH Novice LD Charlie Heinecke
Edina EM Novice LD Ellen Mi
Edina EQ Novice LD Ethan Quick
Edina JU Novice LD Jake Uribe
Edina KS Novice LD Kamaljot Singh
Edina LJ Novice LD Lily Jones
Edina MK Novice LD Matt Kumar-Montei
Edina MR Novice LD Matthew Ruppert
Edina YM Novice LD Yash Mangalick

Leah Schmitt Program of Oral Interpretation Leah Schmitt

Edina KS Varsity LD Kathleen Scoggin
Edina MK Varsity LD Mark Kivimaki
Edina PS Varsity LD Prasoon Sinha
Edina AS Varsity LD Aiden Swan
Edina AM Varsity LD Anand Mittal
Edina GM Varsity LD Gloria Mi
Edina JR Varsity LD Jonah Rosenthal
Edina OJ Varsity LD Om Jahagirdar
Edina RM Varsity LD Rahil Modi
Edina SC Varsity LD Sandra Chen
Edina TJ Varsity LD Tanner Jones
Edina UK Varsity LD Uma Kumar-Montei