Friday, January 22, 2016

MSHSL State Debate Success for AVHS

Congratulations to our Debate team on an impressive finish to the season. Both of our LD entries advanced to elimination rounds! Senior Claire Hoffa advanced to the quarter final round in Lincoln Douglas at the 2016 MSHSL State Debate Tournament. Teammate Sophie Ober advanced to the semi final round in Lincoln Douglas, finishing in the top 4 at the State Tournament! Way to go!

AVHS Named MDTA Challenge Cup Winner for LD Debate
For the second year in a row, the Apple Valley Debate team is awarded the MDTA (Minnesota Debate Teacher's Association) Challenge Cup for excellence in Lincoln Douglas Debate. This is a traveling trophy that recognizes exceptional performance by a team in each of the debate categories. Points are accumulated by the total success of individual members throughout the debate season.  

Senior Sophie Ober Names All-State Debater
In addition, the MDTA announced the All-State Debate awards to the top eight individuals in each debate category. With thousands of students participating in debate statewide, the MDTA All-State Debate awards represents a highly select group of individuals across the state. Congratulations to senior Sophie Ober who was named as one of the top 8 Lincoln Douglas debaters in the state of Minnesota and received the prestigious MDTA All-State Debate award.

AVHS Speech Team Shines in Florida

Apple Valley Speech Team one of the top finishers at the 2016 Sunvitational Speech Tournament on January 9th and 10th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! AVHS had 11 students compete at this national circuit tournament that represented 91 high schools from 20 states with over 1,200 entries. After competing in five preliminary rounds, 12 entries from AVHS broke into quarter finals and then 8 of those entries advanced to semi finals. We especially want to commend our four entries that broke to the final rounds of competition: seniors Lauren Troldahl places 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation and Cassandra Edlund places 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation, seniors Stephanie Kahle and Moti Begna place 2nd in Duo Interpretation, and Cassandra Edlund also took 1st place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Senior Cassandra Edlund "LIGHTS" Up the Competition
Special recognition should be given to Cassandra Edlund's impressive tournament. She competed in 23 rounds of competition over two days! She finished 7th in Duo Interpretation, 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation, and 1st in Program Oral Interpretation. This marks Edlund's third straight championship in POI at a nationally recognized tournament. Congratulations to the AVHS Speech team!