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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Twenty-two students from District 196 high schools had top finishes at the Section 3 debate tournament Jan. 4-5, qualifying them to compete at the state debate tournament Jan. 18-19 at the University of Minnesota.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, District 196 students captured three qualifying spots: Ankitha Kumar of Eagan High School finished third, Tai Henrichs of Apple Valley finished fourth, and Brandon Schellhass of Apple Valley finished fifth. This year’s Lincoln-Douglas resolution was, “Resolved: The United States ought not to provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.”

In policy debate, District 196 students earned four state qualifying spots: Claudia Liverseed and Ellie Sprinthall of Eagan High School were runners-up, Charlie Huang and Anika Jackson of Rosemount High School earned third place, and Heden Abdulahi and Saanvi Malhotra earned fifth place. This year’s policy resolution was, “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.”

In public forum debate, District 196 students earned five qualifying spots, including section champions Ayush Patel and Jason Scheller of Eagan. Nikhil Kapur and Harika Thota of Eastview High School were runners-up, Rohin Alapati and Siddharth Addagudi of Eastview earned fourth, and Britney Chino and Ijeoma Ugboajah of Eagan came in fifth. This year’s public forum resolution was, “Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth.”

In its second year, the congressional debate tournament allows students to debate a variety of legislative bills and resolutions. This debate took place Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Eagan High School. During this tournament, District 196 swept the competition. Abby Brachio of Apple Valley was the section champion, Grant Davis of Eagan was the runner-up, Raunak Pandey took third place, and Layla Foster and Allison Macioch of Eastview took fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The head coaches for debate in District 196 are Scott Voss at Apple Valley, Chris McDonald at Eagan, Todd Hering at Eastview and Cort Sylvester at Rosemount.

This will be the 118th annual state debate tournament, the longest-running event of the MSHSL.

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