Robbinsdale Armstrong & Cooper Headed to Birmingham, AL for National Debate Tournament

NationalsRobbinsdale Cooper senior Celisia Stanton and Robbinsdale Armstrong senior Claire Peavey and her partner junior Tanner Berris have qualified to represent Minnesota at the 2013 National Debate and Speech Tournament to be held in Birmingham Alabama.

After two long days of debate at Eagan High School, Celisia Stanton faced off against fellow Robbinsdale teammate Andrew Urevig to decide who was going to represent both the district and state in Lincoln-Douglas debate.  After a fourty-five minute debate on if rehabilitation ought to be valued over retribution in the criminal justice system, Celisia edged her teammate on a 2-1 decision.

Partners Claire and Tanner debated Chaska High School in Public Forum debate to represent the state.  Arguing that the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v Federal Election Commission has negatively impacted the election process, they won on a 3-0 decision to qualify.

“This is a great day for the Robbinsdale School district.  To be able to qualify three students to the national tournament will be a great experience for each and everyone,” said DJ Brynteson, head debate coach.

The National Debate and Speech Tournament will be held June 16th to the 21st in the Birmingham, Alabama.  This will be the first time Robbinsdale Armstrong has qualified to the national tournament and the first for Cooper since 2008.  The Robbinsdale Debate and Speech teams will compete in Congressional Debate in February and Speech in March to attempt to qualify more students to the national tournament.

For more information please contact DJ Brynteson, 763-458-4702 or

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