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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

Phone: chrisdeufel@gmail.com

Krista Boston

Krista Boston

Debate Coach

Phone: 612-598-3916

Arhan Mehta

Arhan Mehta

Team Captain, Senior

Andrew Cao

Andrew Cao

Team Captain, Senior

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:  Resolved:  A single-payer system is preferable to reform within the existing private-public health insurance system in the United States.

 

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 Season Awards

October 3rd

Varsity  Speaker Awards: 

Andrew Cao took 3rd place

Awards:

Rishikesh Krishnan and Andrew Cao took thirteenth place.

Junior Varsity Speaker Award: Jenny Yan - 12th place

Awards: Jenny Yan and Rita Dai took 2nd place.

Novice Speaker Awards - Danielle Wang - 16th

Awards - Rachel Taunton and Danielle Wang - 7th

Felix Lu and Dean Wang - 10th

October 10th

Junior Varsity Speaker Award: Viney Beeram took 5th

Awards: Zoey Chen and Viney Beeram took 7th.

Novice Speaker Awards -  Sarah Yilma took 19th place

Awards - Sarah Yilma and Jacinta Peters took 14th place

October 24th

Varsity: Speaker Awards: 

Andrew Cao took 3rd place

Junior Varsity - Speaker Award: Jenny Yan - 2nd place and Rita Dai took 4th place

Awards: Jenny Yan and Rita Dai took 7th place.

Novice: Speaker Awards - Ethan Zhang - 14th

November 7th

Junior Varsity Speaker AwardsJenny Yan took 2nd and Rita Dai took 15the of the top 20 speakers and Rita Dai and Jenny Yan took Fifth place

Novice Speaker Awards First: Sarah Yilma

Fourth: Ethan Zhang

Fifth:  Rachel Taunton

Seventh:  Jacinta Peters

Thirteenth:  Danielle Wang

The team took 6 of the top 20 speakers. 

Rachel Yilma and Jacinta Peters took First place in Novice B

Felix Lu and Ethan Zhang took Fourth place in Novice B

Rachel Taunton and Danielle Wang took Ninth place in Novice B

November 14th

Varsity - Speaker Awards:  Jenny Yan took 15th

Novice A - Speaker Awards:

Danielle Wang took  8th

Rachel Taunton took 10th

Sarah Yilma took 11th

Awards:

Rachel Taunton and Danielle Wang Second place 

Sarah Yilma and Jacinta Peters took Ninth place

November 21st

Junior Varsity - Jenny Yan - 2nd Place Speaker award

Jenny Yan and Rita Dai - Fourth Place in JV category

 

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

State Tournament Schedule

Dec. 4-5—Classic State - [Online]

Novice & JV Schedule

Friday, December 4, 2020

Round 1: 2:00 PM

Round 2: 3:30 PM

Round 3: 5:00 PM

Dinner Break 6:30-7:00PM

Round 4: 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Round 5: 8:30 AM

Octa-finals: 10:30 AM

Quarter-finals: 12:30 PM

Semi-finals: 2:30 PM

Championship: 4:30 PM

Varsity Schedule

Friday, December 4, 2020

Round 1: 3:30 PM

Round 2: 5:00 PM

Dinner Break 6:30-7:00PM

Round 3: 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Round 4: 8:30 AM

Round 5: 10:30 AM

Quarter-finals: 12:30 PM

Semi-finals: 2:30 PM

Championship: 4:30 PM

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

2020

2019

  • Hemanth Asirvatham - 2nd Place Speaker Award - Junior Varsity

2017

  • Hemanth Asirvatham - 4th Place Speaker Award - Novice

2016

  • 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.