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Southwest Debate Team
Henry Twiss and Shira Rabkin Sage and Isabella Kemling Westy Lowry and Olivia Custis Kate Malone and Morgan Shoenecker Keegan Robinson and Cole Graber-Mitchell Carter "C-Money" Markegard and Aidan Petrilla Peter Kronebusch and Savannah Russell Madhav Singh and Nick Mulligan Maisey Martin and Henry Twiss Holden Platt and Rewan "R-Sizzle" Abdelwahab Our Fearless Leader Mr. Hoselton Billie Forester and Georgia Pharris

What is Debate?

Debate is a competitive interscholastic activity that involves researching, writing, and debating arguments.  The season, which runs October to December, features seven tournaments which allow students to showcase their abilities and preparation.  

Southwest participates in the debate format known as Classic Debate.  Classic Debate was designed by a group of Minnesota teachers 15 years ago to make debate accessible to a large number of students.  Alternate debate leagues require expensive evidence packets or summer camp attendance to be competitive.  Classic Debate scoring is based not only on what evidence is used, but also how that evidence is presented, explained, and understood.

What Happens at the Meets?

Meets feature teams of two students clashing over current issues. Teams debate according to a set format.  At each competition debaters will participate in four debates, each running approximately an hour.  Debaters use research and speeches written and compiled by the team prior to the competition.  At each meet, debaters will prepare and argue both sides of the issue.  

What do We Debate?

During the season, students will debate two different topics.  The first topic is selected by debate teachers in August.  The second topic is chosen by students.  This year's resolutions (to be argued for or against) are:

1.   Resolved: The United States should require one year of national service from all young adults.

2.   Resolved: On balance, social media has been good for democracy.

When do We Practice?  

Debaters practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in Mr. Hoselton's room E103.  The debate team uses practice time to prepare for competition by writing speeches, compiling evidence and practicing delivering arguments.  Veteran debaters and coaches work to prepare and train new debaters.  

How to join Debate?

1. Just show up to any practice after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

2. If you like what you see, sign up on our roster.


If you have questions or interest in joining the debate team contact Alex Hoselton (Coach) at or come in for a practice.

Additional Information

Team Schedule and Meet Information


Membership Information


Student Resources


Debate team 2015