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The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES. Debaters Henry Choi, David Schumacher, Deling Chen and Zain Kizilbash pose with their Minneapple trophies. Kizilbash had mixed feelings about the “...draining but overall worthwhile” tournament.

Debate takes a bite of the Minneapple Tournament

Carys Hsiung, Contributor November 9, 2023
SPA debate took on the Apple Valley Minneapple Debate Tournament Nov. 5-7
Johnny Rog shared that he would like to see a debate between Donald Trump and Mexican politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador  about mixed-cultural fast foods. Can you put McDonalds french fries in a Chipotle dish? Rog proposed.

[PHOTO STORY] ___ vs ___. Who is going to win the debate?

RubicOnline Staff April 25, 2023
We asked: "If you could organize a debate between any two people, living or deceased, who hold opposing viewpoints, whom would you want to hear from and what would be the topic of their debate?"
COMPETITION PREP. Cerena Karmaliani, Henry Hilton, Maya Sachs, David Schumacher, and Henry Choi celebrate at the Districts Qualifier tournament in December. SPA Debate earned the top two of three spots for Nationals, which will take place in June in Phoenix, AZ.

Debate pairs win eligibility for Nationals after successful December qualifier

Grace Medrano, The Rubicon February 6, 2023
SPA teams took the two top spots at the Districts Qualifier tournament and are headed to Nationals in June.
5 things you may not know about Ezra Straub

5 things you may not know about Ezra Straub

Alison Mitchell, RubicOnline November 22, 2022
Learn more about sophomore Ezra Straub.
Maya Sachs and Henry Choi (shown with former debate coach Vincent Chen) have been debate partners since the start of the 2020 debate season. I was watching the final rounds of nationals, and afterwards when they gave awards, theres like two girls standing on the stage of like, 20 people and it and its a bummer, because, for example, like we are no less capable and no less successful than boys in debate. But there are a lot of biases that prevent success, she said.

[UP FOR DEBATE] Ep. 2 Gender bias in debate

Ivy Raya, RubicOnline October 14, 2022
Debate captain Maya Sachs delves into the obstacles she faces as a woman in debate.
Sachs attended a summer camp that let her meet people from around the world. I still facetime them every night, Sachs said.

[UP FOR DEBATE] Ep. 1: Welcome to debate

Ivy Raya, Rubiconline writer October 6, 2022
Debate captain Maya Sachs explains how debate works and details her experience in the competitive world.
Former Director of Debate Vincent Cheng talks to the beginning debate class this fall during prep for a debate on bitcoin.

Cheng resigns; English students learn from Glisczinski

Carys Hardy, Freelance for RubicOnline March 1, 2022
McKenna Shaw, an assistant debate coach in the fall, continues to work with the national qualified debaters.
The SPA speech team holds their third practice in preparation for competition day.

Restarting speech team to learn and compete

Will Schavee, RubicOnline March 2, 2021
SPA's brand new speech team teaches different aspects for competitive public speaking while utilizing skills learned in the classroom.
Debate students in a tournament earlier in the year. The biggest change to the tournament, like most activities this year, was the transition to an online format. “Last year, at the state tournament, it was really nice talking to people from other schools. I actually made a couple close friends that I still keep in contact with. This year, it felt a lot more isolated, although I did get to hang out with the coaches and Maya, Henry, and Jack,” junior Spencer Burris-Brown said.

State debate tournament takes place online

Liv Larsen, RubicOnline January 28, 2021
The 2021 State Debate Tournament brought growth, challenges, and friendship for 9th grader Henry Hilton, sophomore Maya Sachs, and juniors Spencer Burris-Brown and Jack Hlavka who competed.

A conversation with new Director of Debate Vincent Cheng

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline October 25, 2020
A familiar face in the English department, Cheng took over the debate program when Tom Fones retired.
Head of Debate, Tom Fones, teaches one of his many debate classes this semester.

Debate balance: success & “awesome”

Maddy Fisher, Staff Writer November 4, 2019
SPA's debate team is currently ranked second in state.
Sophomore Clara Garner and junior Isabelle Wolpert talk at the Grand Opening.

Grand Opening showcases grand achievements

Melissa Nie, Director of RubicOnline October 14, 2019
The Upper School Grand Opening took place on Oct. 12.
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