Anoka High School Debate Team

  • Advisor

    Ryan Nelson-Cain

    Description of Activity

    Advisor:  Ryan Nelson-Cain 

    Meeting times and places:  Days and times after school are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and some weeks are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:35 to 4:30 p.m. Competitions are on Saturdays starting in October from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some Saturday times may vary).

    Length and timing of season:  September through the 2nd weekend of December. Competition begins in October.

    Cost (if any):  $100 activity fee (reduced or waived in instances of reduced or free lunch) plus lunch while at some Saturday tournaments

    Equipment required:  Basic school supplies (pens, notebook, binder) in addition to a water bottle, a digital timer, and a photo album for note card organization. Suits or semi-professional clothing is encouraged starting in October.

    Description:   Debate is a competitive speaking activity sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. While on the Debate Team, students learn to argue persuasively and to defend a position on a controversial policy. Options exist for partners or solo debaters, though all members work together as one team. Topics vary every month, from US poverty reduction to international foreign policy. Students travel to tournaments at other high schools across the metro area, meeting students from many different schools, and may participate in national tournaments at the end of the season as well. Debaters can compete in the novice, junior varsity, or varsity divisions, and have the opportunity to earn trophies, all-conference awards, or a school letter for high level participation. Debate is fun, competitive, and will reward students with valuable lifetime speaking and analytical skills.