Edison High School Shines at East African Debate Championship

Edison High School poses with trophies

We’re thrilled to announced the results of this year’s East African Debate Championship! Thank you to Thomas Edison High School (Minneapolis Public Schools) for serving as our hosts. Perhaps they had a home field advantage?  Check out their outstanding outcomes!

Congratulations for winning both the top partnership award and top speaker award, and well done to all the teams who competed:



• Champions: Khadija Siyad & Anfa Aden (Edison HS)
• Runner Up: Asiya Abdi & Salma Ahmed (Sullivan)
• 3rd: Iqra Mohamud & Sabrina Rausin (Washburn HS)
• 4th: Abdinajib Kadiya & Zekaraiya Aidid (Edison HS)
• 5th: Zakaria Osman & Najima Hassan (Edison HS)
• 6th: Nimo Bedel & Jayden Stewart (Sullivan)
• 7th: Gudon Abib & Asha Abdullahi (Sullivan)
• 8th: Abdi Ayub Ahmed & Abdulhameed Abdi (Edison HS)
• 9th: Dahaba Sharif & Hibak Abdi (Washburn HS)
• 10th: Ahmed Adan & Hassan Muhumed (Edison HS)


• Top Speaker: Khadija Siyad (Edison HS)
• Runner Up: Najma Hassan (Edison HS)
• 3rd: Hamza Abdula (Sullivan)
• 4th: Aisha Sharif (Washburn HS)
• 5th: Nimo Bedel (Sullivan)
• 6th: Salma Ahmed (Sullivan)
• 7th: Anfa Aden (Edison HS)
• 8th: Asha Abdullahi (Sullivan)
• 9th: Abdulhameed Abdi (Edison HS)
• 10th: Asiya Abdi (Sullivan)

We also want to give a huge shout out to Johnson High School for debuting with their first-ever East African Debate Team this season. We hope they are the first of many Saint Paul Public schools to join this community-driven league!

Learn more about this impactful program and its inspiring creation story, led by board member Awale (Wally) Osman.