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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


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.