Southwest Debate Team
Georgia Pharris and Cole Graver-Mitchell Benniep Pekala and Jonah Endelman Holden Platt and Jonah Endelman Our Fearless Leader Mr. Hoselton Mia Naselaris and Natalie Mackey Jill Kirk and Emily Van Ryn Carter Markegard and Aidan "AP" Petrilla Co-Captians Henry Aoki and Russell Pekala Kate Malone and Morgan Shoenecker Jimmy Schmeising and Nick Mulligan Shira Rabkin, Rewan Abdelwahab, and Maisy Martin Billie Forester Charlie Oertel and Spencer Rasmusen Co-Captains Ben Stevens and Lily Ren Fiona Edwardson and Alison Rosengren Elana Goldman and Olivia Custis

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 14 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: Should the United States should incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.?

2.   Resolved: Should the European Union significantly raise the amount of refugees accepted and resettled?

When do We Practice?  

Debaters practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in Mr. Hoselton's room E112(Formerly E110).  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.  

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


Southwest Debate Team 2014