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Meet Michael

Meet Michael
Posted on 02/29/2016
Michael White, one of Robbinsdale Area Schools’ remarkable students, will represent Robbinsdale Cooper High School and the Robbinsdale Area Schools when he travels to compete in Lincoln-Douglas debate during the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament June 12-17 in Salt Lake City.

The Robbinsdale Cooper High School junior went to nationals last year in Congressional Debate. Lincoln Douglas is his main category, and he enjoys being successful in something he is so passionate about. This 4.0 student also took advantage of the opportunities available in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and is now taking PSEO classes at the University of Minnesota.

Michael’s love of debate started in classroom discussions in elementary and middle school. History Day projects about Irish History during his time at Robbinsdale Middle School helped Michael uncover a love for speaking and thinking analytically about important subjects. 

“I was fortunate enough to be able to display my work in a performance, and that’s what really sparked my enjoyment about being able to show what I’ve learned, and speak about something I’m passionate about,” he says.

When he got a letter in the mail about the Robbinsdale Cooper Debate Team, it sounded like a good fit.

“Thinking critically has helped me as a student,” Michael says. “When you have to write a debate case by the weekend, you learn how to write very quickly. Even though we compete individually, it’s definitely a team activity, with research and preparation. The support I’ve had from teammates and coaches has really made the difference.”

Looking to the future, Michael is considering the University of Minnesota, possibly to pursue political science.

Michael is Robbinsdale. At Robbinsdale Area Schools, we value the differences that make all of our students unique. We approach our work with individual focus on each and every student’s infinite potential. 

At Robbinsdale Area Schools, we invite all students to make their mark. Just like Michael. We are Robbinsdale Remarkable. #RASRemarkable