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Class "A" & "AA" State Tournament 
March 1-2    Huron High School

Photos   Friday,   Saturday        About the Tournament

Click here to listen to the final Class "AA" policy debate

Class-A Results
Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Champion - Jon Hoadley, Vermillion
Runner-Up - Robert Haar, Deuel
Third Place - Amy Finnegan, Deuel
Finalists- Clay Campbell, Madison; Kristen Egger, Beresford; Tainna Hayes, Vermillion

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Champion - Varsha Ramakrishnon, Vermillion
Runner-Up - Anders Fremstad, Vermillion
Third Place - Morgan McNickle, Groton
Finalists - Tony Dahle, Milbank; Josh Uecker, Madison; Dustin Schley, Groton

Champion - Elisabeth Slagle, Vermillion
Runner-Up - Deepti Naik, Vermillion
Third Place - Amanda Tuchscherer, Milbank
Finalists - Abigail Kittelson, Madison; Teresa Krueger, Groton; Sally Loeschke, Milbank; Tessa Hempel, Groton

Policy Debate
Champion Debaters - Robert Haar & Amy Finnegan, Deuel
Runner-Up Debater - Jon Hoadley & Elizabeth Slagle, Vermillion
Semi-Finalist Debaters - Morgan McNickle & Dustin Schley, Groton; Anders Fremstad & Deepti Naik, Vermillion

Lincoln/Douglas Debate
Champion - Dan Ring, Vermillion
Runner-Up -  Wayne Booze, Madison
Semi Finalists - Patrick Weber, Montrose;
Lindsey Kjensted, Deuel
Quarter Finalists - Emily Sippel, Groton; Jeff Amert, Madison, Tammie Dyer, Groton

Class - AA Results
Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
Champion - Brennan Bilberry, Rapid City Stevens
Runner-Up - Justin Goetz, Aberdeen Central
Third Place - Chris Roby, Watertown
Finalists - Micalann Sharp, Watertown; Christine Knieff, Brookings; Kerianne Studioso, Mitchell

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Champion - John Rapinchuk, Watertown
Runner-Up - Jayson Tischler, Rapid City Central
Third Place - Nicole Buseman, Sioux Falls Roosevelt
Finalists - Darin Gully, Watertown; Jesse Jensen, Rapid City Stevens; Alex Bladwin Mitchell

Champion - Victoria Bures, Aberdeen Central
Runner-Up - Stephanie Chase, Brookings
Third Place - Grace Mlady, Mitchell
Finalists - Lindsey Hoff, Watertown; Emily Slama, Watertown; Amanda Melham, Sioux Falls Roosevelt

Policy Debate
Champion Debaters - Mark Werner & James Brandt, Brookings
Runner-Up - Joel Stjernholm & Marc Anderson, SF Roosevelt
Semi Finalists - Lindsay Blair & Brady Shelbourn, Aberdeen Central; Jeff Billion & Drew Sendelbach, SF Lincoln 
Quarter Finalists - Mike Stolp & John Rapinchuk, Watertown; Yashreeka Huq & Angie Terry, RC Central; Amanda Melham & Nicole Buseman, SF Roosevelt; Nick Hartman & Chris Timmerman, SF Lincoln

Lincoln/Douglas Debate
Champion - Adam Hoier, SF Washington
Runner-Up- Darin Gully, Watertown
Semi Finalists -Michelle Cain Huron, Brett Mischke, Watertown
Quarter Finalists - Rhino Zhang, Yankton; Seth Stadler, SF Roosevelt; Josh Mahoney, SF O'Gorman; Megan Heilkamp, Brookings

Class "A" Home   Class "AA" Home 

Each "AA" school may enter two, 2-person switch-side teams in policy debate and two contestants in each of the three individual events. All other schools after the largest 16 will be considered Class "A" schools and may enter a single 2-person team, two 2-person teams, a single 4-person team or two 4-person teams in policy debate. Class "A" schools may also enter two contestants in each of the three individual events. Class "A" and "AA" schools may enter either one or two Lincoln-Douglas debaters in the State Tournament. Pairings for the State Debate Tournament are drawn randomly for the first three rounds. 

Policy Debate Resolution  Class AA    Class A
Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Both Class "AA" and Class "A" schools shall use the cross-examination style of debating for their state tournaments. In cross-examination debate, Each speaker shall give a constructive speech, serve as a witness, serve as a cross-examiner, and give a rebuttal speech. Constructive speeches shall be eight minutes in length, the cross-examination period shall be three minutes in length, and the rebuttal speech shall be five minutes in length. There shall be a total of 5 minutes allowed each team for prep time between constructive arguments, cross-examination and rebuttal arguments. The debate shall open with a constructive speech by the affirmative. Constructive speeches shall be given alternately by the affirmative and the negative with the final constructive speech by the negative. Following each constructive speech there shall be a three-minute cross-examination period. The first speaker for the affirmative shall be cross-examined by one member of the negative team, and the first speaker of the negative shall be cross-examined by one member of the affirmative team. The second speaker for the affirmative shall be cross-examined by the other member of the negative team, and the second speaker for the negative shall be cross-examined by the other member of the affirmative team. Each cross-examination shall occur immediately after the constructive speech involved. Following the final cross-examination, the rebuttal speeches are opened by the negative and alternated, with the final one being given by the affirmative. 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Resolution   Class AA    Class A
The resolution shall be the proposition used in January and February competition.  All Lincoln-Douglas debates will follow the following prescribed format: 
Affirmative Constructive Speech 6 min. 
Negative Cross-Examination of Affirmative 3 min. 
Negative Constructive Speech 7 min. 
Affirmative Cross-Examination of Negative 3 min.
Affirmative Rebuttal Speech 4 min. 
Negative Rebuttal Speech 6 min. 
Affirmative Rebuttal Speech 3 min. 
* Each debater will be given a total of three minutes for prep time during the course of the debate.

In arriving at a decision, the judge shall consider the following points: 

1. The ability of each debater/team to interpret and analyze the proposition, discovering its meaning and boundaries and determining the main issues, reducing the question to the form of a logical brief. 
2. The ability of the debater/team to establish or overthrow a case by means of proof, involving skill in the selection and application of evidence. 
3. The ability of each debater/team to reason logically, conclusively, and persuasively toward definite and valid conclusions. 
4. Power of adaptation. Ability of the debaters throughout the debate in adapting their arguments to those of their opponents to insure clearness, logical relations, points of agreement and difference and necessary clash. 5. Adequacy of sources of evidence. 
6. The extemporaneous ability of the speakers. 
7. Manifestations of alertness, keenness, and originality of thought in accurately presenting essential points of refutation. 
8. Mental attitudes of the speakers in relation to the question, opponent and audience. 
9. Analytical ability of the debaters in following the course of the arguments as the debate progresses, along with fair play, honesty and accuracy in handling opposing arguments. 
10. The ability of the debaters as effective speakers, including audience contact, correct use of language, and control of voice and body as agents of delivery. 

Extemporaneous Speaking 
Class AA - international    Class AA - domestic
Class A - international       Class A - domestic 
Suggested topics will be selected from the leading articles in the issues of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News which are published during the five months immediately preceding the contest. Extemporaneous speaking at the State Tournament, for both Class "AA" and Class "A", will be divided into two contest types: a) United States Extemporaneous Speaking with domestic topics. b) Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking with topics of an international nature. Each member school shall be entitled to enter two contestants in each extemporaneous speaking event: Domestic or Foreign. No student is allowed to enter both contest divisions at the State Tournament in the same contest year. Contestants are given a choice of three topics thirty minutes before the contest is to begin in seven minute intervals. After the contestants have drawn and selected their topic, they shall remain in the room, until they are released by the chairperson to go to the contest room and give their seven- minute speeches. The top four contestants will be ranked accordingly, all others will rank a 5.Contestants will be ranked according to their ability to answer the question, organizing and outlining the material,  originality of treatment, degree of conversational quality effective use of voice and action in delivery, diction, making audience contact.

Original Oratory
  Class AA    Class A
All ten-minute, student-written, original orations must be memorized. The oration may be written on any subject that the student desires, but it must have a title. An oration may not contain more than 150 words of quoted material. The judge shall consider the originality of the composition, the style, the structure, the speaker’s sincerity, poise, and audience contact; their control and effective use of the voice; their bodily action; and their application of all other principles necessary to a proper presentation of the oration. Contestants will be ranked 1, 2, 3 & 4. All others will receive the rank of 5.

Trophies shall be presented to the schools and the members of the 1st and 2nd place teams in Class "AA" and Class "A" Debate/Lincoln Douglas. Plaques shall be presented to each of the teams eliminated in the semi-final round. Medals shall be presented to the individual team members of the semi-finalist teams and to the members of each losing debate teams in the quarter-final round. Participation certificates will be presented to all contestants at the State Debate, Lincoln-Douglas and Individual Events. Trophies shall be presented to the Class "AA" and Class "A" 1st, 2nd and 3rd place speakers in each of the Extemporaneous Speaking events and Original Oratory. Medals shall be presented to the individuals placing 4th through 6th in the final round of each event.

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