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.

All State Awards – Week 6

315685-mega goldWe are two more weeks into the MDTA/All State Awards and here is our next update.  We will update again one more time after Birds of Prey.


Edina (22 Points) continues to hold onto the season lead over a second place tie with Apple Valley and Robbinsdale Cooper (20 Points).  Robbinsdale Armstrong (17 Points) is in fourth place.

In the individual race, Mahtomedi’s Sophie Krohn (11 Points) has jumped out to a lead over Robbinsdale Cooper’s David Necas (10 Points).  There is a six way tie for third place (9 Points).

Public Forum

Eastview (24 Points) has retaken the season lead in the team category.  St. Paul Academy (22 Points) drops down to second place.  Chanhassen (18 Points) takes over the third place spot.

East Ridge’s Kevin Bi and Alicia Zhang (13 Points) have taken over the top spot.  Eastview’s Alex Baker and Rishabh Gupta (11 Points) are tied for third place.


Eagan (17 Points) continues to hold onto the team lead over Jefferson (15 Points) and Rosemount / Wayzata (14 Points).

In the individual race we now have a four way tie for first place (8 Points).  Rosemount’s Kirkley & Stefanko and Bloomington’s Chiev and Wang (although Chiev and Wang have not yet qualified with four in-state tournaments).


Chanhassen (24 Points) continues to hold a small lead over St. Paul Academy (23 Points) and Eagan (21 Points).

In the individual race, Chanhassens’ Elijah Rockhold (14 Points) holds a lead over second place Eagan’s Aekta Mouli (10 Points).

Classic (waiting on this weekend) updates will be coming.

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)


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