Coach(es): Alex Smith
The BSM debate program is a competitive debate program that emphasizes the Minnesota Classic debate format. Students compete in a team debate format (with a partner). The goal of the program is not only to teach the process of debate to students but also to strengthen reading, writing, researching, reasoning and public speaking skills while engaging students in timely topics that are relevant in everyday life and teamwork. Students debate two topics during the season - one topic in October and the second topic in November. Students in other fall activities may still participate for the second topic. This activity is open to all grades at BSM.
Time Commitment: The season begins in August and runs through November and The Minnesota State High School League Classic Debate State Festival is the first weekend of December.
2020 Practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 4:30-6:30 pm in Room 147.
2020 Captains -- Mason Kelley, Ryan Kraemer, Jackie Bucaro
- 9/26 MDTA
- 10/3 Roseville
- 10/10 Lakeville North
- 10/24 Minnetonka
- 10/31 Champlin Park
- 11/7 Andover
- 11/14 Edina
- 11/21 Robbinsdale
- 12/4-5 JV Novice State
- 12/18 Blake School
- 1/8-9/21 Sections
National Individual Champion (National Forensic League Lincoln-Douglas Debate): Dan Vukelich, 1996
State Individual Champion & National Catholic Forensic League Speech & Debate Tournament Champion: Jessica Rosenberg, 1996
10th Place National Finish at National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament: Elliot Musilek, 2006
National Qualifiers: Elliot Musilek (2006), Alex Smith (2011), Liza Magill (2011), Catherine Cole (2013)
State Lincoln-Douglas Debate Runner Up: Liz Letak, 2001, 2002
State Participant: 2010