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East Ridge High School’s new debate team includes 14 students. The team competes in the public forum category. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

New team is up for debate at East Ridge

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Arguing may not fall under the umbrella of “Minnesota nice,” but that’s not stopping East Ridge High School.

East Ridge launched its first-ever debate team this year.


“Minnesota doesn’t have a huge debate presence,” said Katie Scholz, the debate team coach. “Debate is something you always see in high school movies – they’re the debate kids – but we didn’t have a debate team so it was kind of sad.”

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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