Our three-day middle School Tournament is onto it’s last day today!


Debaters from Battle Creek and Highland Park right after finishing a contentious round of debate.

The 156 young debaters who attended over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday have been busy and the classrooms and hallways of  the University of Minnesota have been filled with students running between rounds and participating in vigorous debate.

On Tuesday, Clara Barton Open School’s debate team debated hard and won 1st in all four divisions! On Wednesday, Varsity division 1st place was won by Highland Park, Novice division was won by Battle Creek, and Seward won Rookie division.

More than 50 volunteers committed their time to judge debate rounds and provide useful feedback and encouragement to the middle school debaters. We are also thrilled that many U of M Department of Communication Studies students participated as judges through the departments Engaged Department Grant!

The tournaments would not have been possible without everyone’s time and help!

Today is the last day of the U of M Tournament, and in a couple of hours 80 bright young minds will be hard at work uncovering good arguments, snooping out weak ones, having fun with friends between rounds, and cheering for each other during the award ceremony.

It’s going to be a fun day!