MDTA Cup & All State Update

The Minnesota Debate Teachers Association is excited to release the first update for the MDTA Cup and All-State Awards. Each year the MDTA recognizes the top school and eight students in each activity. All results are unofficial until the end of the season:

Public Forum

In a tight race Blaine and Edina HS are tied with 10 points. Chanhassen and Eagan are only 1 point back with four others only 2 points back. Our top students are Hayes & Brachio (Apple Valley), Benson (Blaine) and Salnikov & Yang (East Ridge).


Tied for first is a host of schools: Apple Valley, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Chanhassen and Robbinsdale Cooper. Followed by another four schools one point back. Our top students are Wuollet (Armstrong), Necas (Cooper), Wagenfeld (Blaine) and Williamson (Chanhassen).

Policy Debate

NOTE: University of MN Results are not yet posted.

Continuing a tradition, Eagan High School has jumped out to an early lead with 9 points. Close behind is Wayzata high school with 8 points and Rosemount with 6. In the individual race, Krueger & Shih (Eagan) lead with Hathaway & Huang (Rosemount) close behind.

Classic Debate

Eastview has jumped out to a quick lead with 9 points. Stillwater and Minnetonka are close behind with 7 points. In the individual race Abram & Nair (Eastview), Johnson & Montie (Stillwater) and Christen & Park (Minnetonka) are leading the pack.

Congressional Debate

Eagan has a slight 12 to 11 lead over Maple Grove in the first few weeks of the season.  Close behind is Blaine, Chanhassen and East Ridge.  In the individual race, Kevin Jacobson (Maple Grove) and Branden Johnson (Chanhassen) lead the way.  Right behind them is Joshua Groven and Raunak Pandey (Eagan).

MDTA Cup 2016-17 (Update #1)

315685-mega goldWe are now a month into the 2016-17 debate season which means its now time to start our weekly updates for MDTA Cup.  The MDTA Cup was started in the 2010-11 debate season to reward in-state tournament participation across the entire year.  The MDTA Cup is awarded to the top program in each of the five debate categories.

Started last year, the top 8 students in each format of debate are awarded the MDTA All-State Debate.  Each of these students represent the very best students in each format of debate.  All-State Awards for Congress and Classic debate are award in December.  Public-Forum, Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate are awarded in January in conjunction with the MSHSL State Tournament.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Robbinsdale Cooper and Edina High School are tied for first place with 21 points.  Robbinsdale Armstrong is in third place with 16 points.  For individual high honors, the top three students are Michael White (Robbinsdale Cooper), David Necas    (Robbinsdale Cooper) and Noah Gallagher (Lakeville North).

Public Forum Debate

St. Paul Academy holds a large lead with 23 points.  Edina and Eastview are tied for second place with 17 points.  For individual high honors, the top four students are Blake (Blaine), Thompson (St Paul), Konstan (St Paul) and Thompson (Maple Grove).

Classic Debate

Eastview High School holds a 2 point lead over South St. Paul High School.  There is a big three way tie for third place.  For individual high honors, the top three students are all from Eastview High School, Arradondo, Nwaudo, Iyer.

Policy Debate

Eagan High School has jumped out to a huge 6 point lead over Edina High School.  Wayzata is in third with 9 points.  For individual honors, the top student is Ferguson (South HS – Minneapolis) with twelve tied for second place.  (Updated 10/31/16 – found a problem with a duplicate student name, corrected post)
Please note all results are unofficial until audited.

2015-16 MDTA Cup / All-State Debate

315685-mega goldThe Minnesota Debate Teachers Association (MDTA) is pleased to announce the 2015-16 MDTA Challenge Cup and All-State Debate winners.  The MDTA Challenge Cup is an annual award that recognizes exceptional performance by a team in all five debate categories.

Our MDTA Challenge Cup Winners are:

  • Congressional Debate – East Ridge High School
  • Classic Debate – Eastview High School
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Apple Valley High School
  • Policy Debate – Eagan High School
  • Public-Forum Debate – Eastview High School

The All-State Debate awards are awarded to the top eight individuals in each debate format.  With thousands of students participating in debate statewide, the All-State Debate awards represents a highly select group of individuals across the state.  This year, our 40 All-State Debate students represent 20 different schools.

Our 40 All-State Debate students are:

  • Sophie Ober, Apple Valley (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Miranda Felton, Cannon Falls (Public Forum)
  • Calvin McMahon, Champlin Park (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • David Sebenaler, Chanhassen (Public Forum)
  • Elijah Rockhold, Chanhassen (Congressional)
  • Spencer Evink, Chanhassen (Congressional)
  • Ben Portzen, Eagan (Congressional)
  • Brandon Wilary, Eagan (Policy)
  • Collin Westgard, Eagan (Congressional)
  • Maddie Roberts, Eagan (Policy)
  • Alicia Zhang, East Ridge (Public Forum)
  • Colin Buck, East Ridge (Congressional)
  • Karan Padmanabhan, East Ridge (Congressional)
  • Kevin Bi, East Ridge (Public Forum)
  • Joe Matiasevich, Eastview (Classic)
  • Rishabh Gupta, Eastview (Public Forum)
  • Sean Mather, Eastview (Classic)
  • Tenzin Kunchok, Eastview (Classic)
  • Grace Hauser, Eastview (Public Forum)
  • Arvind Veluvali, Edina (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Sara de Sobrino, Forest Lake (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Allegro Wang, Jefferson (Policy)
  • Sophie Krohn, Mahtomedi (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Erik Baker, Maple Grove (Congressional)
  • Alex Fedje-Johnson, Minnehaha (Classic)
  • Alex Wilson, Minnehaha (Classic)
  • Meena Morar, Minnehaha (Classic)
  • Michael White, Robbinsdale Cooper (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • David Necas, Robbinsdale Cooper (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Rylee Phillips, Roosevelt (Policy)
  • Lauren Kirkley, Rosemount (Policy)
  • Michael Stefanko, Rosemount (Policy)
  • Christa Kelly, South St. Paul (Classic)
  • Fallon Anderson, South St. Paul (Classic)
  • Adnan Askari, St. Paul Academy (Public Forum)
  • Peter Schavee, St. Paul Academy (Congressional)
  • Raffi Toghramadjian, St. Paul Academy (Public Forum)
  • Sophia Kuriscak, Visitation (Lincoln-Douglas)
  • Aasim Ali, Wayzata (Policy)
  • Shivang Charan, Wayzata (Policy)

Congratulations to all schools and students awarded.

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