The Rubicon

Debate balance: success & “awesome”

Head of Debate, Tom Fones, teaches one of his many debate classes this semester.

Maddy Fisher, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

SPA's debate team is currently ranked second in state.

[PHOTO STORY] Thursday’s Democratic debate shined light on candidate’s priorities

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline

September 13, 2019

The recent debate sparked an interesting conversation for students.

SPA competes in debate national qualifier

The SPA debate team strategies after the first round of eliminations.

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

December 13, 2018

On Dec. 8, SPA debate hosted and competed in the annual debate national qualifier.

Fones, McCauley enthusiastic about novice debaters

Tom Fones and 9th Grader Maura Hartfeldt share a joke during Beginning Debate class.

Lucy Benson, The Rubicon Editor

October 26, 2018

The 2018 Debate season fosters a new group of novice debaters.

Jazz Ward excels in SEGL semester away

Junior Jazz Ward in class at SEGL in Washington D.C.. Ward will spend this spring semester learning about global ethics and politics.

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

May 7, 2018

Junior Jazz Ward is spending this semester away at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C.

McCauley’s perseverance paid off at debate National Qualifiers

Junior Olivia McCauley shares her insights on debate.

Melissa Nie, Illustrator/Infographics

January 18, 2018

Junior Olivia McCauley's recent achievement at National Qualifiers is a sweet reward for her tumultuous journey through debate, which made her a stronger person.

Students prepare for Debate National Qualifiers

On Dec. 9, twelve SPA students will go to Debate National Qualifiers.

Jenny Ries, Staff Writer

December 5, 2017

On Dec. 9, SPA students will go to Debate National Qualifiers.

Two-peat: Askari-Wheaton win state debate (again)

Junior Adnan Askari and senior Sarah Wheaton hold the 2017 State Debate trophy, their second, in the MSHSL competition. knowing that we could still be good enough to meet [that expectation] feels good,

Diane Huang, Director of RubicOnline

February 3, 2017

It's been 30 years since a team has won state debate two years in a row but that didn't stop this dynamic duo from breaking that streak.

Debaters prep for home tournament for national qualification

Juniors Ben Konstan, Numi Katz and Adnan Askari, along with senior Sarah Wheaton practice cross fire before the National Qualifiers on Dec. 10.

Sophie Jaro, The Rubicon Chief Visual Editor

December 9, 2016

Debaters from SPA aim to qualify for the national tournament in Birmingham, Alabama after competing in their home tournament.

Senior debaters visit MPR studio to comment on first presidential debate night

Senior debaters Raffi Togrhamadjian, Shefali Bijwadia, Noor Qureishy, Sarah Wheaton, Henry Ziemer, Coleman Thompson give a live analysis of the Sept. 26 presidential debate at MPR headquarters.

Amodhya Samarakoon, Creative Design Manager

September 29, 2016

Raffi Togrhamadjian, Shefali Bijwadia, Noor Qureishy, Sarah Wheaton, Henry Ziemer, Coleman Thompson participate in a live analysis of the Sept. 26 debate night at MPR headquarters.

Debate takes first and second place in section tournament

Debate team competitors pose for a photo after awards.  Pictured are seniors Liza Bukingolts, Navodhya Samarakoon and Maya Smith, sophomore Adnan Askari, and juniors Sarah Wheaton, Shefali Bijwadia and Raffi Toghramadjian.

News in Brief

January 11, 2016

This is the 15th consecutive year the debate team has qualified for the state tournament.