MDTA Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes of the 2015 Fall General Membership meeting are available here: MDTA Minutes CTAM 2015


Cort Sylvester headed to MSHSL Hall of Fame

bio_cort_sylvesterJoin the MDTA and MSHSL in congratulating one of own, Cort Sylvester, in being inducted into the MSHSL Hall of Fame.  The HoF ceremony will occur on October 25 at the InterContinential Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel (formerly Crowne Plaza).  The ceremony will start at 1:00 PM and individual tickets are $30.00.  To register, download this form:

2015 Hall of Fame Ceremony Invitation

Cort’s MSHSL Hall of Fame Bio

A 1985 graduate of Barnesville High School, Cortney Sylvester was the first three-time Class A state champion in speech. He was also one of Minnesota’s first four-time state medalists. Sylvester was a two-time participant at the National Forensic League and was a national runner-up.  At Concordia (Moorhead), he was a national champion and a five-time national finalist. He then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. In addition to his success as a litigating attorney, Sylvester has coached speech and debate at Rosemount High School for the past 23 years. His teams have qualified for the state tournament 22 of those 23 years. They won the state title in 2006 and have qualified for the national tournament 16 times. A longtime member of the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association, Sylvester served as president and remains on the board of directors. He holds numerous awards of distinction and is regularly selected by his peers to judge at state tournaments. He currently represents Minnesota on the National Federation of High School Association’s Debate Topic Selection Committee.

MDTA Meeting – May 2nd @ 1:00 PM

The annual Spring Meeting will occur on May 2nd, 2015 at Midland Hill Country Club ( at 1:00 PM.  This is the same location we have had our spring meeting the last few years.  At this time our agenda includes: reviewing the Novice Policy Packet procedure, MSHSL State Tournament Rules, MDTA Grants and Recruiting Efforts and more.  We hope that all MDTA members can join us.  If you are not a MDTA member and would like to attend you can sign-up at the meeting.

MDTA May 2015 Meeting Agenda

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