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MDTA Program Grants for 2015-16

The MDTA will once again be offering Program Grants for the 2015-2016 school year. If you are an interested school or know of a new program looking for assistance please see the attached grant application. Grant applications are due by May 7th, 2015. Announcements to grant recipients will be made by June 1st, 2015. If you have any questions about the grant process please feel free to contact me at dj@brynteson.info.


Why aren’t I winning the MDTA Cup?

Through the magic of spreadsheets and macros the MDTA cup points are tracked each week based on results submitted by tournament hosts and/or tabroom staff. With the increased use of the  Joy of Tournaments program for registration this year we’ve hoped to cut back significantly on some common errors, but it is still very possible that some student points may not be correctly reflected for many reasons. The most common is simple misspelling. Each unique spelling (or nickname, or abbreviation) will show up as a different person, therefore if you were listed in results packets as Tom, Tommy, and Thomas on three different weekends, your points are being split as if earned by 3 separate identities.

This also occasionally comes into play with school names – St. vs. Saint, etc. Throughout the season this will be checked and re-checked, but updates and corrections are made at all times – thus the disclaimer on all update posts – results are subject to change with final audit!

If your name was misspelled in the results packet, it’s a good bet it was carried into the MDTA Cup points tracking incorrectly as well. If you’ve noticed this, please email your correct name spelling, format of debate you compete in, and school to HeatherEveFairbanks@gmail.com and I’ll be sure to take a closer look at combining your aliases.

You can also track your own MDTA Cup points to be sure they match:

Individual Points:

1 Point for Competing at Tournament (in-state)

1 Point for finishing 1 through 8th place, or qualifying to elim rounds, whichever includes more students

1 Point for placing first at a tournament without elims

1 Point for each elimination round won

Max of 5 points per tournament

Must participate in four in-state tournaments to qualify for award

1 Point for qualifying to state tournament

(MSHSL State Tournament or MSHSL State Festival results do not count towards awards)

 The top two point earners in each format at each tournament count towards school points.

As always, we thank tournament hosts for forwarding the results and brackets of varsity divisions asap after your event.

2014 MDTA Cup Update

With a month of competition behind us, the MDTA Cup race has truly begun! Varsity debaters in CX, PF, and LD garner MDTA Cup points for in-state tournament participation and placing. The top 2 point-earners for each school at each tournament are counted towards team points. Full rubric of point allocations can be found here: http://mdta.org/2009/09/29/announcing-mdta-cup/

In Policy debate Minneapolis South has a clear lead in team points with 8, followed by Wayzata with 5, then a 3-way tie between Roseville, Bloomington, and Eden Prairie each with 4. The individual point leader is Dan Bannister of Highland Park who is out to an early lead with 7 points, followed by AJ Gerick of Minneapolis South and Ian Dil of Highland Park with 5 points each.

The Public Forum group is densely packed with three debaters tied for the lead – Ryan Mather of Eastview, Maddy Hillson of Robbinsdale, and Sara Hodgson of Robbinsdale each have 6 points. The next 8 debaters are just a point behind the leaders– so it is definitely still neck and neck. In the team points column Eastview (13) has a single point lead over Maple Grove (12), with St. Paul Academy and Robbinsdale two more points back (10).

Lincoln-Douglas debaters are a bit more spaced out but the lead is shared by Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South and Andrew Urevig of Robinsdale, each with 8 points. The next closest debater is Matthew Balascak of Eagan with 6, followed by 4 competitors with 5 points each. In program points Eagan is in the lead with 14, followed by Robbinsdale with 13, and Lakeville South with 12.

LD ResultsPF ResultsCX ResultsClassic Results

All results are tentative pending a final audit.  If you suspect an error or have additional information, please alert HeatherEveFairbanks@gmail.com

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