MDTA James Graupner Distinguished Service Award

The MDTA Distinguished Service Award was established in 1982, and renamed the MDTA James Graupner Distinguished Service Award by the organization in 1994.

This award is given to debate coaches or other distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education in general and to debate students in particular. This award is not required to be presented each year, but granted judiciously so as to maintain its special significance.

Nominations are to be made, accompanied by a written rationale, through an MDTA newsletter ballot. The Awards Committee shall review all nominations and forward appropriate names to the MDTA President. A maximum of 3 names and a minimum of 0 names can be forwarded to the President. The President shall prepare a ballot, which shall be distributed to all past recipients of this award for their vote. An individual may receive this award only once.

2019Zach PraxEastview High School
2018Conrad AndersonSouth St. Paul High School
2017Ross EicheleEagan High School
2015Peter Nikolai
2013John FogartyCannon Falls High School
2010Pam WycoffApple Valley High School
2009DJ BryntesonRobbinsdale Armstrong & Cooper High School
2008Cort SylvesterRosemount High School
2007Joe & Lynn SchmittEdina High School
2005Chris McDonaldEagan High School
2003Gail SarffWayzata High School
2001Todd HeringEastview High School
2000John FisherMounds View High School
1999Wanda MantherRosemount High School
1998Mike VerginEagan High School
1997Barbara KerstenRoseville Area High School
1996Helen FiskSt. Paul Academy & Summit School
1995Lee AltoGrand Rapids High School
1994Dorothy SunneForest Lake High School
MDTA Distinguished Service Award Recipients
1993Randy KeillorSt. Francis High School
1992Harlan ShuckMoorhead High School
1991James GraupnerStillwater High School
1990Scott NoblesMacalester College
1989Donus RobertsWatertown High School
1988Kathy PomroyKellogg High School
1987Bob IhrigMankato West High School
1986Carl Lehmann and Richard Stanford(Northern States Power)
1985Ray KolbeLakeville High School
1984Tom StolenDuluth Denfeld High School
1983Ruth WestromSt. Anthony Village High School
1982Jim SeedenMinneapolis South High School