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South debate team wins big in first tournament

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Congratulations to all South High debaters, coached by Kendall Witaszek, Erick Taggart, and Chris Stinson!

Special recognition by debate organizers went out to the South High team of Ben Phi and Eiset Mebrahtu, who won all three of their rounds and came in second place in the Varsity division.

"Varsity-level debate is an elite practice that requires a sharp mind, and this year is particularly competitive. This is despite being a year or two younger than most other teams in this division. Placing second means that they’re one of the top teams in Minnesota."

 

Tournament Results of South High Debaters:

  • Varsity speakers

    • 5th place - Eiset Mebrahtu

    • 6th place - Marie Stebbings

    • 20th place - Ben Phi

    • 28th place - Theo Niesewand

    • 29th place - Banyan Bendzick

  • Varsity teams

    • Second place - Phi & Mebrahtu

    • 11th place - Stebbings, Niesewand, & Bendzick

  • JV speakers

    • 20th place - Rakeb Max

    • 26th place - Huda Gella

  • JV teams

    • 7th place - Max & Gella

 

  • Rookie speakers

    • 7th place - Anna Staeheli

    • 13th place - Keegan Conlee

    • 14th place - Joshua Neuhauser

    • 15th place - Jordan Dotson

    • 19th place - Elin Margaret

    • 22nd place - Priya Dalal

    • 24th place - Sumaya Hassan

    • 25th place - Elizabeth Voravong

    • 27th place - Emmet Hurley

    • 28th place - Naomi Newman

  • Rookie Teams

    • 6th place - Margaret & Staeheli

    • 8th place - Dalal & Conlee

    • 10th place - Hurley & Neuhauser

    • 11th place - Newman & Voravong

    • 13th place - Dotson & Hassan