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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Forty-three District 196 high school students have qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Association tournament June 16-21 in Dallas. Students earned spots for the national tournament based on their performance at separate qualifying events in March.

Eagan High School has 20 students who earned 17 qualifying spots: Sanjana Krishnamurthy and Divya Mouli in original oratory; Isabelle Hopewell in oral interpretation; Trinh Nguyen in dramatic interpretation; Chayla Velander and Nathan LoPresto in duo interpretation; Audrey Parker, Claire Nelson and John Flanagan in humorous interpretation; Julia Sexton and Carter Starkey in informative speaking; Arush Iyer in big question debate; Grace Boutouli in congressional debate Senate; Grant Davis, Madeline Bergh and Raunak Pandey in congressional debate House, and the teams of Ayush Patel and Jason Scheller and Claudia Liverseed and Ellie Sprinthall in policy debate.

Eastview High School has 13 students who earned nine qualifying spots: Mai Matsuhashi in original oratory; Veeravikash Giritharan and Allison Hering in U.S. extemporaneous speaking; Maxwell Schaefer in international extemporaneous speaking; Charlotte Krekeler in humorous interpretation; the teams of Jake Lieder and Campbell Bernstein and Jordan Adams and Joseph Mayer in duo interpretation, and the teams of Nikhil Kapur and Harika Thota and Rohin Alapati and Siddharth Addagudi in public forum debate.

Apple Valley High School has nine students who earned nine qualifying spots, including Halima Badri, who will be attempting to defend her 2018 national championship in original oratory. Other qualifiers from Apple Valley High are Uzo Ngwu and Liza Rotty in oral interpretation; Tai Henrichs in international extemporaneous speaking; Semaj Lee and Laurel Carter in dramatic interpretation; Jessica Connors in humorous interpretation, and Abigail Brachio and Ceceilia Voss in informative speaking.

AJ Tabura of Rosemount High School qualified in original oratory.

At the 2018 national tournament, Apple Valley and Eagan were recognized as two of 10 Schools of Outstanding Distinction for the fourth year in a row based on the number of rounds of competition completed by their students during the tournament. Individually, District 196 students earned one first-, one second-, two third- and one fourth-place finish.

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