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2019 Season Century Debate Team at State Tournament South St. Paul Highschool

2019 Century Debate Team at State Tournament - South St. Paul

Chris Deufel

Chris Deufel

Debate Coach


Krista Boston

Krista Boston

Debate Coach

Phone: 612-598-3916

Andrew Cao

Andrew Cao

Team Captain

Zoey Chen

Zoey Chen

Team Captain

Jenny Yan

Jenny Yan

Team Captain

Shulan  Tian

Shulan Tian

Parent Judge Coordinator and Advisor

Current Season (2020) Debate Topic(s)

Each fall season, the Classic Debate League has two topics.  The first is chosen in August by the Coaches.  The second is voted upon by the students/teams and will be debated the second part of the season through the State Championship Tournament.

The 2020 Season Topics are:

First Season Topic:  Resolved:  The United States’ use of the atomic bombs against Japan was justified.

Second Topic:  TBD - Determined in October


Fall Tournament Information

How It Works (2020 Season is ONLINE)

Debate tournaments are held each Saturday from October to December, with a break on MEA weekend and Thanksgiving weekend. Buses typically depart at 6 AM and return to Century at 6 PM [during the 2020 season all tournaments will be online - there will be no bus transportation]. The State Debate Tournament, held in Minneapolis, is the first weekend of December.

Students debate with a partner in 4 rounds per tournament, each round lasting approximately 1 hour. They defend the resolution (argue the affirmative) in two rounds, and negate the resolution (argue the negative) in two rounds. Judges score each round, assigning points for effective argumentation, adherence to procedure, and speaker performance. Team and individual rankings are established, and winners are recognized at an awards ceremony at the conclusion of each tournament.

2020 Fall Season Tournament Schedule (Online due to the Pandemic)

Season Schedule:

In order to prepare for the season being online there will be a practice tournament on: 

Sept 26 - 2 round practice Tournament and Judge Training (online)

Oct. 3—Topic 1, Tournament 1 [Online]

Oct. 10—Topic 1, Tournament 2 [Online]

Oct. 24—Topic 1, Tournament 3 [Online]

Nov. 7—Topic 2, Tournament 4 [Online]

Nov. 14—Topic 2, Tournament 5 [Online]

Nov. 21—Topic 2, Tournament 6 [Online]

Dec. 4-5—Classic State—South St. Paul HS - TBD as to whether online

Season Details:

-Regular tournaments will follow a slightly revised schedule:

Rd 1: 9am

Rd 2:  10:30

Rd. 3 12:30

Rd. 4 2:00

Awards:  3:15

Please note: Parent volunteers are appreciated, and may serve as judges. Training is provided. Contact Coach Krista Boston or Parent Advisor Shulan Tian, if you're interested!

State Championship Awards

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  • Kyle Hooten and Austin McCoy -  2nd Place out of 53 JV teams at the Minnesota State Debate Tournament.
  • Kyle Hooten - 1st Place JV Speaker Award out of 106 debaters at the Minnesota State Debate Tournament.