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Debate Team News 2010-11
Tournament at UMN March 15

The last debate tournament of the year will be held at the University of Minnesota in Blegin Hall (West Bank -- by Humphrey Center and Law School) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  After the three regular rounds, there will be a championship in which the two best teams compete. For the past two years, the two top teams have come from Sanford and Barton. Two years ago, Sanford won. Last year, we won. We're hoping to defend the championship this year.  

Students will bus to the University from Barton after school and will be back at Barton at 7:30 p.m.

Information and Permission Form (pdf)

February 10 Tournament Results

The first debate tournament held at Barton was a big success, although first place in Varsity unfortunately went to Sanford (by a .5 rating). We'll have to gear up for the championship!  Also undefeated (3-0) at yesterday's tournament at the Varsity level:


  • Lakshmi Raghubir & Oskar Soderberg
  • Katie Mae Kaelin & Dana Saari

In the Novice division, Capitol Hill took first and second by 2 points (I don't know how points are determined - 
maybe speaker points). Other Barton teams that were 3-0 yesterday at the Novice Level:

  • 3rd place: Paige Hepenstahl & Julia Shepard
  • 4th place: Highland Park
  • 5th place: Tova Breen and Nadine Stodolka
  • 6th place: Maryam Abdi & Jordan Ford
  • 7th place: Highland Park
  • 8th place: Zach Smith & Cam Tipping

Read on for the full report...

Don't Miss the Great Debate

(Actually, we could use your help)

In just 3 short years Barton’s debate team has grown to the largest of any metro middle school and won the 2010 Middle School Championship! As a result of our success, Barton will be hosting its first ever debate meet on February 10th from 3-7 PM.

Whether your son or daughter is on the debate team and you want to understand what all this talk about COIN, CT, 2C, etc. actually means, or you just want to see what it’s all about, please sign up to help out. This will be an exciting event with approximately 200+ middle school students. We need 35 parent volunteers to help host the tournament. Parent volunteers will be stationed in the rooms and help students locate their debate rooms.

If you are willing to help, please contact Barbara Hahn at 612-845-8535 or Sign-up will also be available at the information meeting on February 1 at 6:30 PM in the media center.

Informational Meeting Feb. 1

Please join us for an informational meeting on Feb 1 from 6:30-7:30 in the Media Center. Amy Cram Helwich, ED of the MN Urban Debate League, will talk about the world of debate and Barton students will share a debate demonstration. Amy will also share information about the Augsburg Promise, a 4 year $120,000 scholarship to Augsburg College available to students who debate all 4 years in high school!

There's No Debate; Debate is Great!

I'll admit when my Upper daughter first told me she was joining debate I didn't exactly jump for joy. It wasn't that I didn't support her interest in a new after school activity; I just didn't really know much about it. Now, a couple of years and another Upper later, I am more than a little happy to have my son join the ranks of Barton’s debate team.

In the meantime, I have learned a little bit about the culture and rules of debate and have attended a couple of the local meets. Debate is part sport, part class. Students learn the arguments for both sides of a policy, and debate in teams according to a set of rules. They compete on the quality of their arguments. And they have fun! I have also learned about the many lifelong benefits for students who participate. While most research is based on high school and college debate, the positive impact at any age is compelling.  Read on...

Parent Volunteers Needed for Tournament

The debate tournament on February 10, 2010 will be AT BARTON.  We really need parent volunteers - about 35 of them - to host this tournament. We are the only competing school hosting a tournament. They asked us to host due to our size.  In order to host the tournament, we need to use every room available at Barton. Parent volunteers would be stationed in the rooms or helping students locate the rooms where their debate will take place.

December 9 Tournament Results

Once again, the Barton debaters made a great showing at the tournament on December 9, 2010 at Central High School in St. Paul. Barton student Juweria Hassan and Rewan Abdelwahab took first place with three other Barton teams going undefeated, and four Barton students in the top 10 speakers.  More...

November 11 Tournament Results

Seven Barton Debate teams went undefeated and placed in the top ten at the Middle School Urban Debate League Tournament at Como High School on November 11, 2010.  Additionally, 8 Barton debaters placed in the top 10 speakers.  Read the details...

Tournament Schedule
  • November 11, 2010, Como High School
  • December 9, 2010, Central High School (approx. 3:00-6:00)
  • February 10, 2010 at Barton, 3:00-7:00 -- 6th graders joining competition
  • March 15, 2010, University of Minnesota -- After the three regular rounds, there will be a championship in which the two best teams compete. For the past two years, the two top teams have come from Sanford and Barton. Two years ago, Sanford won. Last year, we won. We're hoping to defend the championship this year.