Maple Grove Senior High students Aldrin Clement and Aditya Parikh proved they are a winning team as they brought home the first place trophy in the Public Forum category at the MSHSL State Debate Tournament Jan. 19. The topic of the Public Forum category was: “Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.”
They entered the quarterfinals as the third seeded team. In their final round of competition, they beat out a team from Eastview, Apple Valley to walk away with the trophy.
A third Maple Grove student, Jason Fotso, competed in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. He made it into the top eight debating the topic: “Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.”
According to Debate Advisor Ronald Dixon, Fotso’s qualification for state and top eight finish was noteworthy because he was selected to compete in that category at sections as a last minute replacement.
The state debate is the longest running Minnesota State High School League event.