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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Junior thrives on debate team

Maddie Schuld Grade: Junior Age: 16. Art focus: Brainerd High School debate. Adviser nomination: "Maddie is one of the most dependable, helpful debaters we have had. She is always willing to assist younger debaters and still has time to further h...

Brainerd High School junior Maddie Schuld was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work on the school debate team. Schuld competes in Lincoln-Douglas.Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School junior Maddie Schuld was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work on the school debate team. Schuld competes in Lincoln-Douglas. Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch

Maddie Schuld

Grade: Junior

Age: 16.

Art focus: Brainerd High School debate.

Adviser nomination: "Maddie is one of the most dependable, helpful debaters we have had. She is always willing to assist younger debaters and still has time to further her own skills. Maddie has represented BHS at nationals twice and at state last year. This year, Maddie went undefeated and earned a spot ln Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Maddie will also be vying for a spot in the state tournament in January."

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Memorable fine arts achievement: "Going to nationals twice in debate."

Artist most admired: Painter Dean Stockton.

Other fine arts activities: Knowledge Bowl and Speech.

What is your interest in debate: "In the fall of seventh grade there was a meeting for debate and speech and I went to it. I was hesitant at first and thought it would conflict with tennis. I tried to do both and it didn't work so I quit tennis and focused all my energy with debate. It was a really good decision as it is far more helpful to me that athletics ever could be. I continued debate through high school and it's very fun for me. I like to read and write, not fiction, but research and stuff. Public speaking doesn't make me nervous. It did at the start, but now everything is fine."

What have you learned: "I learned how to make nice logical arguments, how to present things well and how to have good decorum when with communicating with other people. The kind of debate I do you have to speak really quickly, so maybe someday I could be a rapper. I don't know but don't think that will come in handy, but I can speak quickly and have gotten faster and faster over the years."

Why Lincoln-Douglas debate: "I was doing public forum at first, but my partner quit, so I switched. I like it a lot better. I prefer Lincoln-Douglas because the speeches are longer so the arguments are more developed and coherent. The first speech in Lincoln-Douglas is seven minutes long. ... I learn more and it's based on principle and we should do something for these reasons and public forum is weird as 'Oh my evidence is newer so its better than your current evidence.'"

What is the debate topic this season: "The one I debated for national qualifications was resolved wealthy nations have an obligation to provide development assistance to other nations. At first, I thought this is an average topic but I ended up liking it as my negative position was really strong."

Tell me about how you help younger debaters: "I taught them a lot about case writing and framework and the format of the debate. We had four novices at one point. I'm the oldest and the captain of the team. There are some sophomores. I'm the only Lincoln-Douglas debater and they were considered my novices so it was my responsibility to help them get it together.

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"Debate may seem scary at first but it gets easier to speak in public. It's far less scary than people think it is. It gives you so many skills that will be helpful in your future."

Dream job: "Go into computer science.

Favorite TV show: "Parks and Recreation."

Favorite book: "Dune."

Favorite subject: Advanced placement language.

Favorite movie: "Mortal Kombat."

Favorite band: Blink 182.

Favorite song: "Dogs Eating Dogs."

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Sports/clubs: Student Congress

Hobbies: "Video games, fishkeeping, knitting and napping.

"Fishkeeping: I have fish tanks, I have a huge one and some smaller ones. I have some livebearers and have shrimp, snails, Siamese fighting fish. I would like to start a catfish tank.

I had fish tanks as a kid and I enjoy maintaining them. It's just a hobby."

Perfect meal: "I really like pheasant. I don't hunt, but my dad goes to a game farm."

Biggest pet peeve: "When people wipe their nose with their hand in debate and then want to shake your hand."

Parents: Robert and Christine Schuld of Pillager.

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL
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