MDTA Cup / All-State Awards Update: Week 4

315685-mega goldWith another week in the books we are starting to see some trends.  (We are waiting on Classic Tournament for updates in that division.)

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Edina (16 Points) continues to hold onto the top spot and starting to open up a slight lead on Apple Valley (14 Points) and Robbinsdale Cooper (12 Points).  The good news is there is a lot of season left for schools to get back into the race.

In the individual race, Edina’s Arvind Veluvali (7 Points) has pulled out to a one point lead over six others.  Here are the current top 8 + ties (All-State Award):

Arvind Veluvali (Edina), Sophie Krohn (Mahtomedi), Gloria Mi (Edina), Michael White (Robbinsdale_Cooper), Sophie Ober (Apple_Valley), Claire Hoffa (Apple_Valley), Calvin McMahon (Champlin_Park), Eric Dorland (Robbinsdale_Armstrong), Anand Mittal (Edina), Sara DeSobrino (Forest_Lake), Henry Dikeman (Apple_Valley)

Policy Debate

With another week in the books Eagan (12 Points) has jumped out to a huge lead over Rosemount and Edina (7 Points).  Eagan’s Wilary and Roberts (7 Points) have a three point lead over everyone.

Here are the current top 8 + ties (All-State Award):

Wilary (Eagan), Roberts (Eagan), Kirkley (Rosemount), Bhavsar (Blake), Phan (Jefferson), Stefanko (Rosemount), O’Neil (Blake), Chiev (Jefferson)

Public Forum Debate

St. Paul Academy (15 Points) has jumped up a spot and taken over first place from Eastview (14 Points) this week.  Edina (13 Points) moved up several spots to third place.

In the individual race we have a six-way tie for first place.  Here are the current top 8 + ties (All-State Award):

Colin Haave (Eastview), Kevin Bi (East Ridge), David Sebenaler (Chanhassen), Alex Baker (Eastview), Alicia Zhang (East Ridge), Colin Haave (Eastview), Marissa Williamson (Chanhassen), Julia Howes (Chanhassen)

Congressional Debate

In our first update for Congressional Debate, we see Chanhassen High School (18 Points) in a one point lead over Eagan (17 Points).

In the individual race, Chanhassen’s Elijah Rockhold (10 Points) holds a two point lead over Eagan’s Aekta Mouli (8 Points).  Here are the current top 8 + ties (All-State Award):

Elijah Rockhold    (Chanhassen), Aekta Mouli (Eagan), Spencer Evink (Chanhassen), Ben Portzen (Eagan), Erik Baker (Maple_Grove), Collin Westgard (Eagan), Peter Shavee (St_Paul_Academy), Riley Wheaton (St_Paul_Academy), Cassidy Bins (Chanhassen), Colin Buck (East_Ridge), Calvin Benson (Blaine)


Announcing All-State Debate Awards

The Minnesota Debate Teachers Association (MDTA) is excited to announce a major change to the MDTA Cup Points.  Over the past six years the MDTA has awarded the top program with the annual MDTA Cup and traveling trophy.

Starting this year, the MDTA will be expanding this award system to recognize the top eight students in each of the five forms of debate (Classic, Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy and Public Forum) as “All-State Debate”.  Students will receive a medal to recognize them for this accomplishment.  Additionally, school administrators will receive notification of the student’s accomplishments.

Students will receive points based on their accomplishments at local tournaments based on the existing MDTA Cup Points system.  Details about how points are awarded can be found here: http://mdta.org/results/mdta-cup/.

Students will be awarded at their respective state tournaments for their accomplishments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in asking.

MDTA Jamboree: Season Kickoff

12038097_10153755563369274_2961801410610736850_nWith over 20 schools and 400 students the 2015-2016 debate had a great kickoff at the MDTA Jamboree hosted at Lakeville South High School.

In Policy Debate, the team of Emily McCoy and Aishwarya Mankala of Eagan High School went 3-0 to take home the honors of top Policy team.

In Public Forum, a pair of Eastview Teams (Colin Haave/Alex Baker and Osman Mansur/Anika Vij) went 4-0 and tied speaker points to take home 1st and 2nd place.

2015 State Champion, Arvind Veluvali of Edina started off his season with a bang by going 4-0 taking home the top stop in Lincoln-Douglas.

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