Hopkins High School junior Ezana Tedla finished out the debate season with an All-State Award and a quarterfinal finish in the state tournament on Jan. 17 and 18 on the West Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota.
“It was a bit of a surprise,” Tedla said about learning of the All-State recognition. “I was not even aware the award existed until they announced who received it at the state tournament...but it is a long term achievement, and I was proud to have accomplished consistent success in the state.”
All-State Awards recognize the top 8 competitive records at tournaments in Minnesota during the regular season. Throughout the debate season, Tedla showed a lot of promise and success. He was a finalist at the Robbinsdale Birds of Prey Tournament, the Champion of the Minnesota Debate Institute Tournament and he took third at the Section tournament.
“(Tedla) is an incredibly intelligent and hard-working team member,” said Trevor Martinez, the Hopkins High School debate team coach.
Martinez said Tedla will regularly take the initiative to research new arguments and he is extremely coachable. After hearing feedback from his coaches or judges, he will implement changes to the content or presentation to make it better.
Tedla said he loves the flexibility of the debate team. The activity allows wide avenues for creative ideas and positions. Next year, he hopes to get further in the state and national tournaments.
“Every year has new possibilities, and I am excited to see how the next season will develop,” Tedla said.