Debate Info Night @ Armstrong & Cooper

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The debate season is right around the corner and we are having one more “information night” before we officially start practice on Thursday, September 11th.

Armstrong High School - September 9th, at 2:20 in Room 220.

Cooper High School – September 10th, at 2:20 in Room B241.

We will meet until about 3:45 PM.  Student can take the activity bus home.  If you have any questions make sure to ask.

Debate Information Meeting for 2014-15 Season

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Looking at joining the Robbinsdale Debate Team?  Join us at our information meeting on Monday, August 18th, 6:30 PM at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.  This meeting is for parents and students interested in joining the debate team at either Robbinsdale Armstrong or Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Our agenda is simple:

  • What is debate?
  • How do I join the debate team?
  • When do we practice and when are tournaments?
  • What is debate camp and should I attend?

Looking for more information about our debate camp.

Download our brochure to get additional info

If you are unable to join us for the information meeting and want additional information, contact us anytime!

End of Year Banquet

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Make sure to join us on January 30th at 6:30 PM for the end of year banquet.  The banquet is being held at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.  We are serving everything “family style”.

We are asking people to bring a side to share.  We will be getting Raising Canes Chicken as well.



Robbinsdale Armstrong captures second consecutive state title; Robbinsdale Cooper advances to quarter-final round.

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Robbinsdale Armstrong senior, Andrew Urevig, successfully defended his title to capture his second consecutive MSHSL Lincoln-Douglas State Championship. Andrew becomes only the second student to win two state titles, and the first ever to compete in the final round of debate in three consecutive years. Andrew defeated Edina in the final round of debate on a 5 to 2 decision. “Going back to the final round at state was a real honor.” says Urevig. Lincoln-Douglas debate was arguing for prioritizing environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict in developing countries.

Robbinsdale Cooper seniors, Maddy Hillson and Amanda Halek finished as quarter-finalists in Public Forum debate. Maddy and Amanda finished the six preliminary rounds as the sixth seed going into the quarter-final round where they lost the round to the eventual state champions on a 2 to 1 decision. Public Forum debate was arguing for prioritizing development assistance over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.

Robbinsdale has a history of excellence at the state debate tournament. This is their third championship title (2007, 2013, 2014) and they have been runners-up twice (2008, 2012) in the past eight years.

MSHSL State Debate Tournament was held January 17th and 18th at the University of Minnesota.

For more information about the State Debate Tournament or Robbinsdale Debate please contact Head Debate Coach DJ Brynteson, 763-458-4702.

Robbinsdale Debate Qualifies to State Tournament

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Robbinsdale Armstrong and Robbinsdale Cooper will be heading to the 2014 MSHSL State Debate Tournament.RDALE_Debate

Seniors Andrew Urevig and Seth Sandhoefner will represent Armstrong in Lincoln-Douglas debate.  Andrew was crowned as the Section 4AA Lincoln-Douglas Champion to qualify to the state tournament.  He will go back to the state tournament for the third time and will be defending his title as the 2013 State Champion.  This will mark the third year in a row Robbinsdale Armstrong has qualified to the State Tournament.

Seniors Olivia Heusinkveld, Maddy Hillson, Amanda Halek, and Luke Odenthal as well as Junior Seth Thompson will represent Cooper.  Olivia and Seth took home the Section 4AA Runner-up honors in public forum debate to qualify to the state tournament.  Olivia and Seth return to the state tournament for the second time, where they finished as Quarter-Finalists in 2013.  This is Cooper’s 10th consecutive trip to the MSHSL State Tournament.

This is the first trip to the state tournament for Amanda, Maddy, Luke and Seth.

“Qualifying seven students to the state tournament is an amazing accomplishment for both schools.  Our success has only been possible because of the hard work of all the students and coaches working together and pulling for each other.” said Head Debate Coach DJ Brynteson.

The state tournament will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota on January 17th and 18th.  The MSHSL State Debate Tournament is the oldest state tournament in Minnesota, first held in 1902.  The Robbinsdale Debate team is coached by DJ Brynteson, Emilia Spalding, Chyenne Thibodo, Rob Cegla and Celisia Stanton.

For more information about the State Debate Tournament or Robbinsdale Debate please contact Head Debate Coach DJ Brynteson, 763-458-4702