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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,
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.
December 9, 2016
Debaters from SPA aim to qualify for the national tournament in Birmingham, Alabama after competing in their home tournament.

Advanced Science Research grants scientific freedom and flexibility

Advanced Science Research grants scientific freedom and flexibility
Semester I presentations took place Dec. 6 in Driscoll Commons
December 7, 2016
ASR students can truly research anything. From mussel burrowing habits, to fish learning patterns, to contamination due to roof runoff, it's all an option.

Senior Speech Illustrations: Week 9

November 17, 2016
View the illustrations of excerpts from the senior speeches given on Friday, Nov 11.

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.
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.

Four debate finalists will participate in World Schools Debate invitational

FIVE DEBATERS will compete in the 2016 USA World Schools Debate Invitational. Juniors Sarah Wheaton (far left), Shefali Bijwadia (far right), Kathryn Schmechel (right center), Raffi Toghramadjian (top right), and Moira McCarthy (not pictured) will make up the team. “This has traditionally been something that seniors get to do ... [Debate Teacher Tom] Fones really wanted this to be an experience that made us a more cohesive team for next year,” Wheaton said.
The debaters will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for the competition from June 11th-15th.
May 31, 2016
Debaters and alternate will attend the competition in Salt Lake City, Utah in June.

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.
January 11, 2016
This is the 15th consecutive year the debate team has qualified for the state tournament.

First Aid Vectors take first at World Savvy competition

The First Aid Vectors compete in the World Saavy competition Apr. 25.  “We assigned everyone a different role to play (e.g. doctor working to develop a treatment for ebola, a nonprofit worker, etc.) and everyone wrote a corresponding part of the script,” junior Milo Wittenberg said. The team took first place.
May 16, 2015
The SPA World Savvy team took first place with their presentation on AIDS and Ebola in the competition, which focused on "Population and Progress"

Four debaters to argue for top spot in Elite 8

Eight students from the debate team compete, four of whom wrote arguments for the rounds that have brought them to Elite 8 competition for International Public Policy Forum.  The students pictured are seniors Thomas Toghramadjian, Shaan Bijwadia, Afsar Sandozi, and Jordan Hughes,  junior George Stiffman, and sophomores Shefali Bijwadia, Sarah Wheaton, and Raffi Toghramadjian. The four seniors will compete in New York on May 2 . US Debate coach Tom Fones said, “[I am most proud of] their ability to work together to produce written materials that are so coherent which have gotten them to this point. I mean the blending of their research, their writing, and the four of them working as a group has been exceptional.”
May 4, 2015
Four senior debaters make it to Elite 8 to compete in New York on May 2.

Harper Lee returns with new novel Go Set A Watchman

Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, which sophomore Cait Gibbons described as a
March 31, 2015
The long awaited sequel to iconic story is met with excited anticipation and controversy.

Quiz Bowl team advances to quarterfinals in MNHS Quiz Bowl League playoffs

From left to right: Quiz Bowl adviser Andrew Bailey, freshman Peter Blanchfield, sophomore Paul Watkins, sophomore Cole Staples, sophomore Jack Indritz, junior Patrick Commers, sophomore Sarah Wheaton, junior Netta Kaplan.
February 22, 2015
The team also qualified for the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship.

Student volunteers take on Bike Classic

Seniors Carrie JaeGer, Alexis Irish, and Maddie Flom-Staab cheered on bicyclists participating in the St. Paul Classic Bike Tour at the corner of Mississippi River Boulevard and Randolph Avenue on Sept. 7. “It’s a beautiful day! I enjoy the pink-I appreciate your style!” Flom-Staab yelled in encouragement.
Volunteering tradition continues to help out bikers
October 6, 2014

What drew approximately 6,000 people out of bed and onto 35 miles of St. Paul streets between the cool morning hours of 7 and 9 a.m.? The St. Paul Classic Bike Tour, which fell on a sunny September 7 this...

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