Robbinsdale Armstrong Student Captures State Debate Title
Andrew Urevig, a junior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, has captured the 2013 Minnesota State High School League Lincoln-Douglas State Debate championship. Over two days of debate, Andrew entered the elimination rounds as the number one seed and the only competitor not to lose any debates. Andrew sealed the championship with a 5-2 decision in the final round of the debate and has become the first Armstrong student to win the state championship. He is the second overall state champion from Robbinsdale Area Schools. Andrew becomes only the seventh student in the 112-year history of the state debate tournament to reach the final round in two consecutive years, and the first in the district since Robbinsdale Cooper student Dan Willey did it in 2007 and 2008.
Robbinsdale Cooper junior Olivia Heusinkveld and sophomore Seth Thompson finished as quarter-finalists in the Public Forum debate, which is the highest ever for any Robbinsdale Area Schools team in Public Forum debate rounds.
The MSHSL State Tournament was held at the University of Minnesota campus. The Robbinsdale Debate team will move on to next week’s National Qualifying Tournament to be held at Eagan High School.