Edina High School

Debate & Speech

Urgent Judges Needed

Every team is required to provide judges, that is in proportion to the number of participants/ competitors.

We need more parents to volunteer to judge.

We are currently six judges short this weekend.

We have multiple judge challenges, but one of them is an absence of parent judges.

It is imperative for parents to judge, or else we will have to drop students.

We do not want to hold any students back from competing.

We need judges at six tournaments:

  • Duluth (10/24)

  • East Ridge (10/31)

  • Farmington (11/7)

  • Edina (11/14) – this is our greatest need

  • Robbinsdale (11/21)

  • Novice/JV Championships (12/4-5)

We’re asking parents to sign up on the judge sign up genius, which is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949abab23aaf94-edina11

Latest Tournament Results

New Trier

Policy Varsity:

  • Claire Anderson McElligott and Nihar Atri, Quaterfinalist

Speaker awards: Claire (2nd), Nihar (5th)

Local circuit: Lakeville tournament

Public Forum:

  • Henry Zheng and Armaan Jain: 5th place in JV

  • Saketh Buitdeti and Kedar Simhudri, 2nd place Varsity

  • Ike Smalley and Evan Tessmer-tuck, 9th place Varsity


  • Isaiah Sweeney, 4th place in JV

  • Alex Schultze, 8th place in JV

  • Max Opitz, 6th place in Varsity


  • Jonah Sher, 4th place novice

  • Danielle Schmitt, 9th place novice

  • Nikhil Konkimala, 6th place in JV

  • Hannah Owens Pierre, 5th place in JV

  • Nivi Sreekantan, 6th place in JV

  • Ananth Veluvali, 6th place Varsity

Speaker awards: Danielle (2nd), Jonah (7th), Ike (6th)

National Circuit: U of M Policy Debate

JV Policy Debate:

  • Friday tournament: Sabeeh Mirza and Akshana Jose, 4th place

  • Sat tournament: John Vaccaro and Alper Guvenen, 3rd place

  • Sat tournament: Sabeeh Mirza and Richard Pollard, 6th place

Coaches & Team Captains



Amanda, Sam H

Team Captains:

Alex, Yash, Bowen



Mark K, Joe

Team Captains:

Leo, Matt



Hayden, Tim , Sam P

Team Captains:

Claire, Nihar, Nick, Tommy



Mark A, Josie, Charlie, Silvia

Team Captains:

Arjun, Ryan, Evan, Issac, Arya

August 19, 2020

Welcome to a new season of Edina Debate and Speech!

Although we all have experienced many changes since last spring, Debate & Speech offers an exciting opportunity to make our voices heard in new ways this year. Practices and Tournaments will all be virtual. As we prepare our new team infrastructure, we're looking to upgrade the team website and communications so we can all stay connected.

Our coaching staff is gearing up for a great fall season!

Coaching assignments:

Congress: Amanda, Sam H

LD: Mark, Joe

Policy: Hayden, Tim, Sam P

Public Forum: Mark A, Josie, Charlie, Silvia

If you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

Joe Schmitt,

head coach

Edina Debate