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

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.

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