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State debate tournament Jan. 18 and 19

State debate tournament Jan. 18 and 19

The State Debate Tournament, which is the Minnesota State High School League’s longest-running event, marks its 112th anniversary this year. The tournament will be held at Willey and Blegen Halls on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis this Friday and Saturday.

Representing Brainerd High School will be Miriam Pritschet of Brainerd.

A third category, Public Forum, has been added to the tournament this year where teams of two debaters must make persuasive and logical arguments in a manner that is accessible to a wide variety of audiences.

The Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence will also be presented at the 2013 tournament.

This year’s Policy Debate issue is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its infrastructure investment in the United States.”

Twenty teams of two from 13 schools will compete.

This year’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic is “Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.”

Twenty-four students from 16 schools are qualified. The qualifiers are the first- through sixth-place finishers from the four section tournaments.

Nine competitors who dropped out after the qualifying rounds of the 2012 tournament also return: Kelton Anderson of St. Thomas Academy, Collin Brown of Robbinsdale Cooper, Elliot Polsky of St. Thomas Academy, Pritschet of Brainerd, Samantha Hoefs of Coon Rapids, Shilvi Joshi of Blaine, Sam Anderson of Lakeville North, Richard Shmikler of St. Louis Park, and Dylan Adelman of Lakeville South.

This year’s Public Forum Debate topic is “Resolved: On balance, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission harms the election process.”

Twenty-four teams of two from 17 schools will compete.

Preliminary rounds for all three forms of debate will be conducted throughout the day Friday, with policy debaters starting at 10:30 a.m. and Lincoln-Douglas and public forum debaters starting at 11:30 a.m. On Saturday morning there are two more preliminary rounds of Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate beginning at 8 o’clock, and a fifth preliminary round of Policy Debate starting at 8:15. Quarterfinals for Policy Debate are set for 10:30 a.m., followed by Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate at 10:45 a.m. Semifinals for all three forms of debate will begin at 1 p.m. The Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum finals will begin at 2:15 p.m. and the Policy Debate final will begin at 3:30 p.m. Awards for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate will commence at 3 p.m., and awards for Policy Debate will begin at 5 p.m.

The Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence will be presented to four competitors in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and eight competitors in Policy and Public Forum Debate, recognizing their outstanding fine arts performances by reaching the tournament’s semifinals.

The Spotlight on the Arts campaign was launched to increase awareness and visibility of the League’s fine arts disciplines. The award will also be presented to the finest participants in the one act play festival, music contests, visual arts, and speech competitions.

Admission to the debate tournament is free and open to the public.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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