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Rowland Hall Debate History


Rowland Hall debate team wins 1A state championships title.


For the second year in a row, the team takes the 1A state title.


Rowland Hall becomes an official member of the National Forensic League, now named the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). Nine students are on the team.


Students qualify to the National Speech and Debate Tournament for the first time (coaches: Carl Sturges and Frank Langheinrich).


Deseret News reports Rowland Hall ties for first place in the Abe Lincoln Invitational Debate Tournament, competing against much larger schools under a special 1A classification. Captains of the team were Matt Rogers, Liz Abaunza, Sutton Snook, Sarah Culp, and Jenni Langheinrich. Libero Della-Piana won trophies in three different events.


Rowland Hall wins its first District Debate Sweeps Award, given to the top school in the Great Salt Lake District.


Student sets record for most career NSDA points in the Great Salt Lake District (Neeta Bidwai, coached by Frank Langheinrich).


Rowland Hall qualifies to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) for the first time (Elisabeth Page, coached by Ryan Hoglund).


Students make it to elimination rounds for the first time at the National Speech and Debate Tournament (Claire Anderson and Karla Penman).


At the TOC, two students make it to the elimination rounds for the first time (Chase Burton and Cyrus Akrami).


Students make it to the final round at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, finish as runners-up (Andrew Arsht and Mario Feola, coached by Mike Shackelford).


Rowland Hall recognized as a National Debate School of Excellence by the NSDA.

Middle School debate program created.


Alum wins College National Championship (Andrew Arsht, Georgetown).


Middle School team wins State Championship.

Debate Coach Mike Shackelford wins Policy Debate Coach of the Year from the Utah Debate Coaches Association.


Rowland Hall qualifies three teams to the TOC (Caitlin Walrath and Camila Reed-Guevara; Claire Wang and Emily Gordon; and Jaden Lessnick and Elliot Kovnick). Two finish in the sweet 16.

Students win the 3A Policy State Championship and the inaugural Utah Tournament of Excellence.

Director of Ethical Education and former debate coach Ryan Hoglund inducted into Utah Debate Coaches Hall of Fame.


Rowland Hall gathers the most TOC bids in the country, finishes second at the National Debate Coaches Association National Championships, and wins a variety of elite local and national tournaments during the regular season.

Seven students qualify to the National Speech and Debate Tournament.

Rowland Hall continues its streak of five straight District Debate Sweeps Awards.

There are 50 students on the Upper School team and another 12 in Middle School.

Debate Coach Mike Shackelford wins National District Chair of the Year for his leadership in the NSDA.


Debate Coach Mike Shackelford named 2017-2018 NSDA State Educator of the Year for Utah. Read our news story.

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