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The first Beyond Resolved Online Debate Workshop took place from August 12-16, August 19-23, and August 26-30 on online platforms like Skype, Discord, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger Video, etc.

2019 STAFF:

We curated a group of staff across all genders in order to create an inclusive environment from the top down. We want debate to be an activity where all individuals can learn and thrive, so we thank those that joined us this summer to work with these incredible staff members.

VARSITY PUBLIC FORUM STAFF

These are our Public Forum Staff who are no longer competing in the activity. Novice and Middle School debaters are still welcome and encouraged to work with them.

Aashray Khanna

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Aashray was a debater for Cranbrook in Michigan for 3 years. He’s had experience as both first and second speaker. Throughout that time, Aashray was pretty successful on the circuit, breaking at tournaments like UK, Glenbrooks, and Apple Valley, and amassed 6 bids to the TOC. Coming from a small local circuit, he also has a lot of experience with traditional debate and transitioning to the national circuit. Aashray is happy to help with speech redos, casing, second half strategy, practice rounds, or anything else you need! Aashray is also happy to debate students alone or with other staffer Sara Catherine Cook on the any topic from the 2018-2019 season (UNCLOS, pharma, debt, Saudi Arabia), as well as the UBCs topic from two years ago and the BRI topic.

Addisson Stugart

FORMER DEBATER, COACH

Addisson (she/her/they/them) debated for three years at Millard North High School in Omaha, NE from 2014-2017 where she earned 3 bids to the gold TOC. She reached outrounds at tournaments like Apple Valley and Badgerland, and semi-finaled at Dowling. She has had success coaching two different programs since graduating. Lincoln High School in Lincoln, NE from 2017-2018, where her kids earned numerous gold TOC bids. And Marian High School in Omaha, NE from 2018- present, where she is helping start a new program. Addisson is entering her third year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studies Spanish and Political Science with minors in Philosophy and Criminology, and where she currently debates NFA-LD, for which she has qualified and broken at nationals twice. She is comfortable coaching any form of argument, and would encourage you to seek out her paradigm on tabroom.

Addisson is comfortable judging any topic, and comfortable debating a student on any topic from last year .

Amala Karri

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Amala debated at Hunter College High School in New York, earning ten bids and twelve speaker awards. She has worked with middle school and novice debaters in the past and is coaching students of all levels at VBI, NSD and the New York City Urban Debate League this summer. She is happy to help with anything skills-related (weighing, logical responses, round strategy, etc).

Azraf Khan

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Azraf debated at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, and qualified to the TOC his senior year. He taught at NDF earlier this summer, and is pretty well versed on the BRI. Azraf is able to help out in all aspects of debate, but especially loves second half strategy, link weighing, implications, fun impact weighing, and the energy poverty argument on AFF. Azraf can also help you run weird arguments and learn to debate when you aren’t good at speaking.

Ben Cheng

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Ben debated for the Nueva School in California for 3 years, doing fairly well on the national circuit. He qualified to the TOC twice, broke to outrounds there, and won the Berkeley tournament and round robin. He taught at VBI for a month and is fairly well versed in the BRI topic, and also has extensive knowledge and experience with running non-traditional arguments in PF (theory, Ks, etc.). Ben is happy to debate students on the Septober, January, February, and April topics from the past 2 years.

Brooks Howell

FORMER DEBATER

Brooks debated for Lincoln Sudbury this year under the code Lincoln Sudbury HS. He got a few bids and some speaker awards but more importantly he’s learned a lot about how to debate and have fun while doing it that he’s excited to teach students.

Charlie Jackson

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Charlie debated for Millard North HS in Omaha Nebraska for four years, reaching semis at Blake, Runoffs at TOC, and championed Valley. Charlie can help with whatever you want excluding Ks.

Chase Williams

COACH

Chase Williams is a co-founder of the Institute for Speech and Debate and previously coached for Hawken (and possibly some other programs). He now coaches for Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. (written by Sara Catherine just an fyi)

Note from Chase: I’m happy to judge any debate!

Christian Brown

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Christian debated for 3 years at Ardrey Kell. In his time, he won States, GMU, Durham, the Blue Key round robin, got to quarters at Bronx, Gbx and Emory and won multiple speaker awards.

Note by Christian: I feel comfortable judging on any topic.

Dakota Champagne

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Dakota Champagne is a graduating senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute where she co-founded the forensics program. In her three years of debating, Dakota has advanced to elimination rounds at various national tournaments, and in her senior year, Dakota co-championed the Westchester Classic, qualified to the TOCs, and reached quarters at the NCFL. Over the summer Dakota coached for NSD and is excited to continue coaching for Beyond Resolved!

Dhruva Rangan

FORMER DEBATER

Dhruva for 3 years in PF at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School serving as team captain his senior year. He has gotten bids to the Gold Tournament of Champions, qualifying his junior and senior years. Most notably Dhruva has reached octafinals at Princeton and the TOC, quarterfinals at Harvard, semifinals at Manchester and Bronx and NCFLs, and finals at Lexington, in addition to earning speaker awards at multiple tournaments. Dhruva is happy to debate students with our other PF Instructor Thomas Zhang on THAAD, UBCs, NCAA, Catalonia, H-1Bs, UNCLOS, pharma, arms sales, UNSC, or the BRI.

Ellis London

FORMER DEBATER, COACH

Ellis London debated from 2013 to 2017 at Walt Whitman High School. As a competitor, he reached elimination rounds at numerous tournaments, notably reaching semifinals at Blake and the runoff at Gold TOC. As a coach, he’s helped debaters reach late elims at several tournaments, including a finals appearance at the University of Kentucky Season Opener. Ellis currently competes in parliamentary debate at Brandeis University, where he’s majoring in politics and economics.

Emma Smith

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Emma has competed in Public Forum at Nova High School (Davie, FL) for the past 4 years where she served as Varsity Public Forum Captain. Over the span of her career, she accumulated 5 TOC bids and placed 3rd at the Blue Key Round Robin (twice), placed 2nd at the Crestian Round Robin, finished in 15th place at NSDA Nationals, and earned top varsity speaker at the 2019 Harvard Invitational. In addition to extensive competitive experience, Emma coached at the Institute for Speech and Debate this summer, worked at the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops, and also served as Middle School PF Captain to build a successful Public Forum team at Nova Middle School.

Evan Pan (PF, Congress & Extemp)

FORMER DEBATER

Hey! My name is Evan Pan. I competed under the code ‘All Saints PT’ my senior year. Although I’ve found my most recent successes competing in public forum debate, I’ve competed in almost every other format (Policy, Lincoln Douglass, and Congressional Debate). In addition to debate, I’ve dabbled in extemp and original oratory. As a PFer, I have really grown to appreciate progressive argumentation. From basic philosophical framing, to kritikal argumentation, to disads, to theory, both my successes and failures running unique forms of arguments in PF have taught me how to adjust progressive/nontraditional argumentation for PF.  I feel comfortable teaching both hard skills (speed, verbatim, research tips, etc.), as well as soft skills (strategy, partner synergy, etc.). I would love to answer specific questions in QnA periods, talk about my thoughts on the future direction of PF, and interact with competitors at all levels!

I’d love to judge rounds and provide constructive feedback! Although I don’t have camp background on BRI, I’m comfortable judging any topic!

Gargi Samarth

FORMER DEBATER

Gargi has competed in PF for the last 4 years at Seven Lakes High School, qualifying to TFA state and NSDA nationals twice and breaking to outrounds at tournaments like Harvard, Plano West, Bellaire, Glenbrooks, UH, state, and nationals. She have experience with first and second speaking and can help with topic analysis, link/impact weighing, rebuttal/summary/final focus construction, analytical responses, judge adaptation, and about anything under the sun in PF.

Hannah Feuer

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Hannah debated for Walt Whitman HS in Maryland for four years. She qualified for TOC and NSDAs both junior and senior year and taught at the Harvard Debate Council and NDF this summer. Hannah can help you with cases, research, summary, or anything else you want to work on.

Note from Yukiho: Hannah has not opted to debate you so don’t sign up to debate her.

Ilana Cuello-Wolffe

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Ilana Cuello-Wolffe debated for The Dalton School for three years. She qualified to the Tournament of Champions her junior and senior year, reaching outbounds her senior year. She placed top 16th at NSDA Nationals her senior year and reached elimination rounds at many national circuit tournaments, including the New York Invitational, Princeton, Harvard, Ridge, and many others. She received many speaker awards including third speaker at Princeton, Ridge, Villiger, and top speaker at the Byram Hills Invitational and the Westridge Round Robin.

Izzy Wu

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Izzy did PF debate in high school as a 1st speaker and was relatively successful on the national circuit (high bid count, breaking at TOC/nats/NDCA, etc). Then she coached at NDF for a couple weeks, so she’s got a lot of knowledge now on this topic, a judge’s perspective, and how to work with any kind of kid.”

Note from Izzy: I can judge any round, if you need someone just msg me (even outside whatever my set office hours are) and I’ll try and be flexible

Jake Ryan

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Jake is from Unionville and debated on the circuit for the last two years. He was a first speaker so he is very comfortable with helping with summaries and final focus, but can try to help with rebuttal things. He’s run theory and understands framing. He’s familiar with Septober, Nocember, January, April, and May topics of last year. He also is familiar with most of the topics the year before, and has some background knowledge on the BRI from camp this summer. He can judge rounds or help with case and strategy advice for any of those topics. He’ll judge a round on anything though.

He can debate students on UNCLOS, Pharma, Debt, UNSC, Prison Rehab, NAFTA, Cap Gains, and if you really want another topic ask him and he’ll let you know if he’s ok with it.

Note by Yukiho: Jake is being humble but he was pretty competitively successful, breaking at the TOC his senior year. He also worked at NSD this year so has background on instructing!

Kate Selig

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Kate debated for Bromfield and will be attending Stanford University next year. She qualified to the Tournament of Champions in my junior/senior year and placed 10th at NSDA Nationals. She also quarterfinaled at Harvard and Columbia, finaled at UPenn, and was top speaker at Yale. Kate has taught both middle school Public Forum and Policy debate, and she coached at NDF and VBI.

Kelly Zheng (PF & EXTEMP)

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR, COACH

Kelly attends the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and intends to major in Economics and Public Policy. Kelly has reached late elimination rounds at tournaments such as the University of the Pacific, Santa Clara University, and the UC Berkeley Invitational. Notably, she semifinaled and won first place speaker at the Berkeley Invitational and championed the SCU Invitational. As a coach, she’s happy to help with anything — in particular, working on logical responses, second half strategies, and speech structure. She has also worked at NDF and has knowledge on the BRI topic.

Note from Kelly: I would be willing to debate/ judge any rounds! I’m comfortable debating most of the topics from last year and can do the BRI topic too

Mai Rubin

FORMER DEBATER, COACH

Mai is a junior at Florida State University who debates on its Parliamentary Debate team and high school Public Forum Debate. In high school, Mai debated in Public Forum for Boca Raton Community High School and achieved late outrounds at the Sunvitational as well as winning prelim finishes at Harvard, Emory, and Yale. As a coach, Mai has coached two teams to be the first debaters in their programs to ever qualify to the Tournament of Champions, as well as a top 20 finish at the 2018 NSDA National Tournament. In college parliamentary debate, Mai has won almost every tournament he competed at in Florida throughout the 2018-2019 season, with a semifinal finish at the State Championships. Mai specializes largely in skill training and topic background information, with much experience coaching teams with little national circuit experience or exposure.

Note: Mai does not want to debate rounds against students but is willing to judge any round.

Megan Munce

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Megan debated for Presentation HS in San Jose, CA for four years, two in Public Forum and two in LD! She made it to late outrounds in several national tournaments as both a first speaker and a second speaker, including semifinals at ASU, finals at Berkeley and Alta, and winning the Kandi King RR. She’d be happy to help anyone with looking over cases, listening to speech redos, suggesting/running drills for skills you want to get better at or even just talking about how debate sucks and how you can make it better!

Note from Megan: I am willing to judge a debate round on any topic!

Noah Kaye

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Noah has worked at both ISD and NDF this summer, and as a result has BRI topic knowledge. He would feel most comfortable
teaching case writing / second half strategy / summary and first cross stuff / any type of redo. As a competitor, he won both Harvard and Emory.

Noah is willing to debate any topic from 2018-2019 (excluding march). and he is willing to judge any topic.

Oliver Niu

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Oliver graduated from Millard North High School in Omaha, Nebraska where he competed for all 4 years of high school. Throughout his career, Oliver has been ranked as high as #7 in the country and collected 10 career bids to the Tournament of Champions. He has semifinaled at Blake and Golden Desert, championed the Mid-America Cup and the Silver TOC, and competed in outrounds of several other national tournaments such as Apple Valley, Badgerland, and the Gold TOC.

Payton Winterhof

FORMER DEBATER

Payton will be a freshman at Loyola University Chicago in the fall. She did PF for Millard North for 3 years. Throughout her time at Millard north she won a state championship, qualified to nationals twice, qualified to national elimination rounds once, and had 5 career TOC bids.

Note from Payton: I’m comfortable debating all of the following topics from last year: price controls, Saudi Arabia, market rate housing, UNSC, and antitrust on big tech.

Sara Catherine Cook

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Sara Catherine debated for Altamont for three years in PF. Her senior year, she octafinaled at Bronx and won Holy Cross, being one of the first 20ish teams in the country to qualify to the TOC, after not getting a single bid the year prior, and has been ranked as highly at 15th in the nation. If you are trying to do super well on the national circuit in kind of a coming out of nowhere fashion, she can definitely be helpful in telling exactly what you need to work on to step up your game. She’s happy to help with anything but most likes helping with speech structure, analytics/logical responses, and round vision! Sara Catherine has also taught at camps for a month so is pretty well-versed on the BRI topic and the strategy behind three minute summaries. She is also happy to debate you alone or with other staffer Aashray Khanna on UBCs, UNCLOS, pharma, debt, Saudi Arabia, market rate housing, or the BRI topic.

Sharan Sawlani

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR, COACH

Sharan competed in PF for Cypress Bay High School (Weston, FL) from 2013-2017. As a senior, he qualified to the Tournament of Champions, reaching late out rounds at tournaments such as The Sunvitational, Millard North, and Blue Key. As an external coach for Cypress Bay and Lake Mary Preparatory School over the last two years, he has coached students to late elimination rounds at national circuit tournaments such as quarterfinals at Blue Key and GMU, semifinals at Berkeley and Golden Desert, and finals at Sunvitational in addition to outrounds rounds at TOC, NSDA nationals, and NCFL nationals. Sharan is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida where he studies international relations and is determined to make public forum a more inclusive place for everyone.

Sim Guerrero (PF AND POLICY)

FORMER DEBATER

Sim is an incoming undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins with competitive experience in public forum and policy and coaching experience in all four debate formats. She debated from a relatively small program with little chance to go on the national circuit, but was exposed to progressive argumentation at camp (she attended UTNIF) and stayed up to date by coaching and mentoring other teams (notable accomplishments include breaking to rounds 8 and 9 for policy at NSDA Nats, outrounds of various national circuit tournaments in PF and policy, etc). Sim is the most comfortable teaching PF and policy but can handle either progressive or lay argumentation (and all everything in between). She is likely a good fit for you if you are a local debater looking to transition towards the national circuit or trying to learn more about progressive argumentation and hops to tailor her mentorship towards what you need — whether it’s lectures, working on files, etc.

Sophie Mallas

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Sophie debated Public Forum for four years at Palo Verde in Las Vegas, and will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall. During her senior year she began debating on the circuit more competitively and broke at Santa Clara, ASU, and UNLV, winning a top speaker award at Santa Clara. She won the Nevada State Championship and was awarded Golden Desert District Student of the Year. Her senior year, she qualified for nationals, and broke there as well. Over the summer, she’s leading the public forum lab at UNLV’s Rebel Debate Institute, so she has knowledge on the BRI topic.

Thadeus Smith (PF and OO)

FORMER DEBATER

Thadeus Smith did debate for four years in high school. He went to states all four years (four times in speech and twice in debate), qualified to TOC, competed at NIETOC, and competed at NSDA Nationals twice (placing 44th and 10th in 2018 and 2019). He is comfortable teaching pretty much anything relating to PF or OO, although if you want PF advice, framework wasn’t his strong suit.

Thomas Gill

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR

Thomas was a debater for Blake in Minneapolis for 4 years. He’s had experience as both the one and the two. Throughout that time, Thomas was pretty successful on the circuit, breaking at tournaments like UK, Glenbrooks, and Apple Valley, as well as winning the TOC his senior year. He also did pretty well in more traditional debate, placing second in state his junior year, and placing in the top 14 at NSDA nationals both his junior and senior years. Thomas is happy to help with speech redos, some topic analysis, watch rounds, edit cases, or pretty much anything else you need.

Thomas is also happy to debate students on the THAAD, UBCs, Cap gains, Catalonia, H1B, NAFTA, UNCLOS, pharma, debt, Saudi Arabia, UNSC, or Tech topics from the past two years, as well as the BRI topic.

Thomas Zhang

FORMER DEBATER, CAMP INSTRUCTOR, COACH

I debated for Dublin Jerome HS in Ohio and currently attend the University of Notre Dame. My partner and I were the first team from our school to compete on the national circuit (got some bids and speaker awards and whatnot). Last year I coached for Ames, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dublin Jerome, all of whom qualled and made late out rounds at the tournaments I was with them for (UK, Penn, TOC, etc.). I was a second speaker and focus on back-half strategy but also enjoy casing/whatever else you want to do to improve. Thomas is happy to debate students with our other PF Instructor Dhruva Rangan on THAAD, UBCs, NCAA, Catalonia, H-1Bs, UNCLOS, pharma, arms sales, UNSC, or the BRI.

Note from Thomas: I am willing to debate with students on the following topics; THAAD, UBC’s, NCAA, Catalonia, H-1Bs, UNCLOS, Pharma, arms sales, UN Security Council, BRI.

SUGGESTED STAFF FOR LAB ZSHWP (#Zhenglab) and SMSC (#Sawlanilab)

IF you are in these two labs, these are the staff that we recommend that you work with for office hours. All of the following staff are rising seniors. Other debaters in different labs are still welcome and encouraged to work with them!

Aatreya Tewary

CURRENT DEBATER

Aatreya has been debating with Cinco Ranch for 3 years so far heading into his senior year. Throughout these 3 years he has had a lot of exposure to lay, flay, and flow debate being on the Texas circuit and has learned how to try to adapt all the forms of judging. He has gotten 7 career bids most of them coming in Texas except at Yale, and he has reached semis at the Kandi King round robin and won the Strake round robin. He is comfortable working with anything you want whether that be weighing, casing, or late round strategy. He can judge most topics from his sophomore year (17-18) except the February topic, and all topics last year except Saudi.

Anuraag Routray

CURRENT DEBATER

Anuraag Routray is a senior at Cinco Ranch High School in Houston, Texas, and is the Vice President of his debate team since Junior Year. In Public Forum, he qualified to TOC his Sophomore and Junior year, amassed 7 career bids, co-championed the Bellaire and Katy Taylor tournaments, and won the University of Texas Tournament and University of Houston Tournament twice, while reaching late out rounds of TFA State, Yale, and Emory. He is most interested in helping teams adapt to the Texas Circuit, helping teams figure out how to get around school regulations to travel, judging practice rounds, and second half strategy.

Anuraag is willing to debate students on the UNCLOS, Price Controls, and Debt topic.

Alexis Huang

CURRENT DEBATER

Alexis Huang is a senior at Trinity Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. She championed the silver division of the Tournament of Champions as a sophomore. As a junior, she reached octofinals at NCFL Nationals and is currently qualified to the Tournament of Champions. She has also reached elimination rounds at numerous national tournaments including Bronx, Minneapple, Blue Key, Crestian, Sunvitational, and Harvard. She is happy to help with improving speeches, cases, strategies, and more.

Ali Jalal

CURRENT DEBATER

Ali Jalal is a senior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. As a junior, he and his partner Zain got 3 gold bids and 1 silver bid to the TOC. Some of his qualifications are: co-champion of the Holy Cross Tournament, champion of the Foster Tournament, semifinalist at the Bellaire Forensic Tournament, quarterfinalist at the Grapevine Tournament, and quarterfinalist at TFA state. He is extremely excited to work at the Beyond Resolved online workshop. He would love to coach teams on second half strategy, casing, frontlining, and extending.

Avalon Dalesandro

CURRENT DEBATER

Avalon Dalesandro is a rising senior at Campbell Hall and has been co-captain of the debate team since junior year. In public forum, she has amassed 9 career bids, won the Stanford, Long Beach, Fullerton, and La Costa Canyon tournaments, and octa-finaled at the Tournament of Champions.

Note by Avalon: I can do whatever for judging or debating students. (She is comfortable with both!) I did all topics this year except March and NATS.

Daisy Qiu (PF, PARLI, AND SPEECH)

CURRENT DEBATER

Daisy is a rising senior at Unionville high school and will be her school’s overall speech and debate captain. She has experience in various types of debate, but focusing mainly on PF and Parli. This past year, she broke at the Bronx and Villiger invitationals, and bidding at the Pennsbury Falcon invitational. She also reached octofinals at the Silver TOC. She would love to help with drills and analytical rebuttals, as well as garnering lay appeal and anything other help needed!

In Parliamentary debate, Daisy broke at Yale, quarterfinaling at states her sophomore year and finaling this past year. She would love to help with preparation for Extemporaneous rounds, and how to adapt to lay judges on the parliamentary circuit.

Drew Peterson

CURRENT DEBATER

Drew Peterson is a rising senior at North Broward Prep in South Florida. He had 3 bids to TOC this year and qualified to NSDA nationals. He is a second speaker that can help students with tournament prep, analytical rebuttals and round vision/late round strategy.

Drew is comfortable debating you if you wish to. In response to the question of whether or not he has any specific preferences for topics, he just said “I am comfortable debating normal flow pf” so take what you will from that .

Ezra Kohrman

CURRENT DEBATER

Ezra is a rising senior at Gunn High School. He was ranked as high as 4th in the country his junior year. He is willing to help with any skill from speaking to flowing to strategy.

Fabiola Sepulveda

CURRENT DEBATER

Fabiola is a senior at Cypress Bay High School in Florida, where she is the PF captain. She has reached elimination rounds at several tournaments such as Sunvite, Golden Desert, Blue Key, and Bronx. In her junior year she qualified to TOC and NSDA Nationals. She specializes in summaries, weighing, and prep.

Note from Fabi: I feel comfortable debating the BRI topics and any of this past year’s topics.

Francesca Lupi

CURRENT DEBATER

Francesca is a rising senior at Campbell Hall. During her junior year, she won Long Beach and Stanford. Francesca also reached late outrounds of Yale, Berkeley, and TOC.

Hattie Bilson (PF & EXTEMP)

CURRENT DEBATER

Hattie Bilson is an incoming senior at Westridge School in Pasadena, California and is in her fourth year of public forum debate and third year of extemporaneous speaking. She frequently competes on the national and local circuit in public forum and her proudest achievements include semi-finals at the Presentation Invitational and semi-finals at ASU. In speech, Hattie primarily competes on the local circuit, where she placed 4th at the California State Championships. Hattie enjoys teaching weighing, analytical rebuttals, and time allocation. She also likes editing cases and blocks, and she weirdly loves word economy drills. In extemp, Hattie’s strengths are in teaching structure, time allocation, and speaking style.

Note from Hattie: I am open to debating the BRI topic, UNCLOS, price controls, debt, saudi arabia, and india (april) from this year! I can probably debate most topics from the year before as well, though I didn’t debate the March topic.

Jeremy Lee

CURRENT DEBATER

Jeremy has been debating for three years at Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY. He is primarily a second speaker but has experience speaking first. He was relatively successful in his junior year, winning Blake and reaching quarterfinals of the TOC. He is comfortable teaching any speech in the round and big-picture round strategy. He has not done a lot of research for the BRI topic, but he would be glad to help with any questions about interactions between arguments. Jeremy is happy to help judge practice rounds and hone any skills. He can judge any topic.

If you want to debate Jeremy, he is comfortable debating pharma, debt, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Maggie Mills

CURRENT DEBATER

Maggie Mills is a three-year PF veteran and rising senior at Chagrin Falls High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She has broken at 8 of the 9 national tournaments that she has attended, semifinaling her state tournament, qualifying to TOCs their sophomore year, and breaking at TOCs their junior year. She is a second speaker and writes most of their cases, so she would love to help anyone looking to improve their rebuttals, final focuses, or case writing strategy. She also come from a small school and served as president of her speech and debate team, so if anyone needs help with fundraising ideas or how to be nationally competitive as a small program, she has lots of tips.

Note from Maggie: I can judge/debate any topic from the last year or two. I’m also prepped on the BRI topic.

Matthew Ong

CURRENT DEBATER

Matt has been involved in public forum debate for four years and is a rising senior at Fairmont Prep. Since freshman year he’s frequently participated in national circuit tournaments and has qualified to the TOC both his sophomore and junior year. He is most comfortable teaching tech/flow debate.

Matthew is comfortable debating/judging students on any topic from the last year including the BRI topic

Nathaniel Yoon

CURRENT DEBATER

Nathaniel Yoon has coached the Oakton public forum team for two years, and has debated for three years on the local and national circuit in multiple formats. Locally, he’s placed first in varsity public forum and Lincoln-Douglas in WACFL, DCUDL, and UVA, and nationally, he’s gone undefeated and reached late outrounds at multiple national tournaments. Nathaniel was his school’s first team to qualify to PF NCFLs and TOC, and has received three bids his junior year. Having experience as both a first and second speaker, he can help with anything, but is especially interested in casewriting, drills, and second-half strategy. Nathaniel is also happy to debate students on the UNCLOS, PCs, debt, Saudi Arabia, Housing, UNSC, and rehab topics, as well as the BRI topic.

Numair Razzak

CURRENT DEBATER

Numair Razzak is a rising senior at Fairmont Prep in Southern California. He frequently travels on the national circuit, earning 5 gold TOC bids this year and was a finalist and second ranked speaker at the Cal Berkeley tournament. His partner Mathew Ong and him were ranked as high as 8th in the country last year. He is a second speaker that is open to helping debaters in any way that he can.

Note from Yukiho: Numair also debated the BRI topic at NDF so has topic knowledge.

Ruby Marsh (PF & EXTEMP)

CURRENT DEBATER

Ruby is a rising senior at Westridge, a high school in Los Angeles. She is a first speaker but I am also comfortable teaching rebuttal strategy at a more novice level. Her strength is very flow PF – so not theory or K’s but not super traditional either. Ruby travelled a lot this year and has experience coming from a small school that does not travel hardly at all making the transition to more circuit level PF. She also runs a website called Not Debatable, dedicated to people with disabilities in speech and debate, so she is very familiar with the topography of inequity in debate. Ruby is flexible and willing to work on pretty much anything – especially at a novice or middle school level – but if you are interested in specifics: she is good with weighing, casework, cross-ex, strategy – especially more interesting strategies like going for turns – and navigating the scary world of teams with big money and judge biases that is debate.

Ruby is happy to judge on any topic from this year, and happy to debate students on UNCLOS, pharma, debt/growth, Saudi Arabia, UNSC, and BRI (so everything but housing). If you want to do topics from previous years, she debated fewer topics so just reach out and ask!

Sai Karnati

CURRENT DEBATER

Sai Karnati is a rising senior at University School in Ohio. He has debated in Public Forum since his freshman year, and the activity has consumed basically all his time. He’s gotten to outrounds at the UK, Bronx, GMU, ASU, and Stanford tournaments. He qualified to Gold TOC his junior year, and reached octafinals there. He feels comfortable helping students with speech redoes, analytics, and round strategy. He loves debate and wants others to feel that way too!

If you want to debate Sai, he is comfortable with debating previous topics: debt, Saudi Arabia, MRH Housing, India, and BRI.

Sukhm Kang

CURRENT DEBATER

Sukhm Kang is a senior at University School who participates in Public Forum debate. He frequently travels on the national circuit and reached finals of Stanford, runoffs of the Tournament of Champions, and Round 12 of NSDA Nationals. He has topic experience for the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to help with any skill from speaking to flowing to strategy.

Sukhm is comfortable judging any topic. Sukhm is also comfortable debating any topic from the 2018-2019 season.

Tyler Katz

CURRENT DEBATER

Tyler Katz is a rising senior at North Broward Preparatory School in South Florida. He has done Public Forum Debate since 8th grade and has limited experience in both policy and extemp. He has qualified to the TOC twice, obtaining 6 career bids and two top speakers at bid tournaments. He also has a good understanding of more abstract and non conventional/ stock arguments in Public Forum. He went to NDF this summer and have debated 20+ rounds on the BRI topic. He can also help with flowing, case structure, and lay judge adaptation.

Yukiho Semimoto

CURRENT DEBATER

Yukiho Semimoto is a rising senior from Edgemont High School. She is a first speaker going into her fifth year of Public Forum debate, qualifying to the TOC her junior year and reaching a good amount of elimination rounds and speaker awards at national bid tournaments. She has spent the past 2 years being the novice and JV captain of her team, teaching and coaching the novices. Overall, she is willing to debate/ judge practice rounds on the Septober topic (and almost any topic within the past four years), and willing to help with an array of skills including but not limited to, first cross, case strategy, round strategy, and summary strategy.

RISING FRESHMAN/ MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF (SUGGESTED FOR LAB YBMOC):

Abigail Meyer

CURRENT DEBATER

Abby Meyer is a rising Junior at Poly Prep Country Day School in New York City. She has been doing public forum debate since the end of her freshman year, and has broken at tournaments such as Ridge, Lexington, and NDCA Nationals. She attended three weeks of debate camp at NDF this summer, so she has a ton of topic knowledge on the BRI topic! She is generally a pretty tech debater, but is comfortable doing and teaching lay debate as well. She will gladly work with students on whatever they would like to work on (minus Ks and theory unless it is at a very basic level) but some of her strengths are case writing, working on redos, and second half strat.

Anthony Yu

CURRENT DEBATER

Anthony Yu is a rising Junior at Summit High School with experience at both the local and national level. Serving as his team’s novice captain for the upcoming year, he qualified for the Silver Tournaments of Champions last year earning two silver bids. He broke at tournaments such as the New York City Invitational, Princeton, Pennsbury, and the Ridge Debates and has been ranked as high as #81 on NSD. He is excited to work with fellow students this summer!

Anthony is willing to debate with students. His preference topicwise: all topics from 2018-2019 and the BRI (prefer BRI).

Harishri Savdharia

CURRENT DEBATER

Harishri is a rising junior at Fairmont Preparatory Academy. She has been debating for 4 years, having won Middle School TOC and attended Gold TOC. She is very excited to be part of such a prestigious program that helps equalize the biases in the debate community.

Note from Harishri: I am comfortable judging any topic and could debate if needed.

Hitakshi Savdharia

CURRENT DEBATER

Hitakshi is a rising junior at Fairmont Prep in Anaheim, California. She and her sister qualled to the TOC this past year with two gold and three silver bids. She got to out rounds at tournaments like ASU, UNLV, Stanford, and Berkeley. She has done PF for 4 years and is excited to help new debaters be a part of the activity she loves!

Jennifer Cresap

CURRENT DEBATER

Jennifer is a rising junior at Fairmont Prep in California and has been debating public forum on the national circuit for 4 years as both a first and second speaker. She attended TOC in both her freshman and sophomore years and has earned 1 silver and 3 gold bids. She has reached outrounds at UK, Fullerton, Alta, La Costa, Stanford, and Berkeley, and she and her partner were the first team from her school to break at CA states. She is willing to help with drills, practice rounds, frontlining, and second-half strategy, and is most comfortable with tech debate! Jennifer is also happy to debate students on the BRI, unclos, price controls, Saudi Arabia, and UNSC topics.

Justin Sword

CURRENT DEBATER

Justin Sword is a rising Junior at Stuyvesant High School in NYC where he was the JV director and currently is the Novice director. He has accumulated 4 bids to the tournament of champions where he quarterfinaled. His notable accomplishments include championing the Blake tournament (2nd speaker), winning the Lexington invitational, and reaching finals at Princeton. He’s comfortable teaching debaters of all levels about second-half strategy, casing ideas, analytical skills, and more. Justin is also willing to debate students on UNCLOS, pharma, debt, saudi arabia, housing, and unsc topics from this year, the capital gains tax, H1Bs, and Catalonia topics from last year, and the BRI topic that is a possible topic for Septober this year.

Kailey Zhao

CURRENT DEBATER

Kailey is a rising junior that is happy to help with anything skills related (weighing, strategy, etc) as well as judge rounds. she reached elims at tournaments like harvard and bronx.

Martand Bhagavatula

CURRENT DEBATER

Martand is a rising junior at Fairmont Prep in Anaheim, California, where he just rounded out his first year of debating on the circuit. He was part of the only freshman-sophomore team to qualify to the Gold Tournament of Champions, reaching elimination rounds at virtually every tournament he attended. Most recently on the BRI topic, he reached quarterfinals at the NDF Boston camp tournament. Having spoken both first and second this past season, Martand believes his strengths as a debater lie in argument, case, and block construction, rapid improvement, and in-round strategy, but is more than willing to help with anything you need such as flowing and judging practice rounds.

Note from Martand: “I’m comfortable judging and am willing to debate rounds on capital gains, UNCLOS, Pharma, Debt, Saudi, UNSC, and BRI topics.”

Rachel Wu

CURRENT DEBATER

Rachel is a rising junior and president of the debate team at Milpitas High School in the San Francisco Bay Area, entering her fourth year of public forum debate. Most notably, she qualified to the Gold Division of the Tournament of Champions and broke at NCFL her sophomore year, earning bids at Presentation, Alta, and James Logan. Her strength is very flow PF, but she enjoys helping all types of debaters! Specifically, Rachel is most strong in summary, second half, frontlining, extending, rebuttals, and cross-ex strategy (she was first speaker sophomore year and second speaker freshman year). She also likes editing cases and blocks.

Sophia Jansen

CURRENT DEBATER

Sophia is a rising Junior at Fairmont Prep and has been debating on the national circuit for around 1 and a half years as a first speaker. She attended TOC her sophomore year and has reached outrounds at Fullerton, La Costa, and Berkeley and she and her partner were the first team from their school to break at California states. She can help work on strategies including but not limited to weighing, casework, and cross-ex.

Zara Chapple (PF & PARLI)

CURRENT DEBATER

Zara Chapple is a rising junior at the Dalton School in NYC. She competed in Parli for two years and is in her third year of PF. In PF she has been ranked as high as 4th in the country and finished the year first among underclassmen. She qualified twice to the New York State Forensics League tournament in the Varsity division and once to the Gold Division of the Tournament of Champions and NSDA National Tournament. She coached middle schoolers and novices on her team for the past two years to Semis at JV Penn and qualifications to New York State in PF and a regional finalist in MSPDP. She is happy to help with literally anything you need, but especially argumentation, weighing, round strategy, and narratives. She can also help you with drills, organization, practice rounds, or explaining arguments She has three weeks of experience debating on the BRI topic so she’s happy to answer questions on that too.

If you sign up to debate me I have prep on most topics since November 2017 except January 18, June 18, March, or NCFLs 🙂

PARLI STAFF:

These are our staff who have had success primarily in Parliamentary debate. 

Tamur Asar (PARLI & PF)

FORMER DEBATER

Tamur did parliamentary (and dabbled in pf) at MVLA for three years teaching novice and jv his second year and varsity his third. He went to the TOC twice breaking the first time. He also made it to semi-finals of NPDI. Tamur feels confident teaching pretty much anything you can ask about. Unless it’s some high-theory stuff like Lacan, then someone else is probably your best bet.

Vivek Kamarshi

FORMER DEBATER

Vivek is a freshman at Berkeley who did Parliamentary Debate in high school and was a captain of Monta Vista High School’s parliamentary debate team. He can explain any of the basic debate concepts, and Parli-specific structures such as advantages, theory shells, topicality, counterplans/perms, and more. However, his high school’s team is quite lay, so Vivek doesn’t have as much experience with kritikal theory or other meta-debate.”

EXTEMP STAFF:

Also, check above for PFers who coach multiple events!

Trisha Motupalli (EXTEMP & PF)

CURRENT DEBATER

Trisha Motupalli is an incoming senior at Flower Mound High School with three years of experience in extemporaneous speaking and two in public forum. She earned eight bids to the TOC in extemp this year and semi-finaled at tfa state. She has prior experience in teaching extemp and would love to be help no matter the skill level or previous experience of the speaker!

Note from Trisha: I can judge almost any topic for PF, but I definitely prefer to work with extemp over pf just because I can be more helpful there.

Lauren Huttner

CURRENT EXTEMPER

Hi! My name is Lauren and I am a current extemper from the Kent Denver School in Colorado. I have competed in extemp for 3 years. In terms of my competitive success, I have finaled at the Colorado State Tournament, Barkley Forum, and ASU as well as qualified for the UKTOC and TOC at Northwestern. I am able to help with anything extemp related but some of my strengths include speaking style, basic organization, and content. I am ecstatic to help everyone boost their extemp skills!

Juliette Reyes

CURRENT EXTEMPER, CURRENT SPEECHIE

Hi! My name is Juliette Reyes, I am a current senior at American Heritage in Plantation, FL. To zoom through my resume- I’m currently ranked top 5 in the nation for extemporaneous speaking. I’ve broken to elimination rounds in impromptu, extemp, HI, Info, and worlds schools at Harvard, Blue Key, GMU, TOC, NSDA, E-TOC, UK season opener, NDCA, and many more. Im the FFL State champion in international extemp and Bronx National champion in Extemp.

To summarize my coaching style:

For extemp: I specialize in teaching content, substructure, and delivery styles- I’ll prioritize honing in on your talents and combating habits

For Speech: I’ll focus on finding lit, going over performance skills, ,outline structure, and typical competition norms.

SPEECH STAFF:

Our motto may be connect, debate, empower, but speech is cool too I guess. Also, check above for PFers who coach multiple events!

Daisy Qiu

CURRENT SPEECHIE

Daisy has experience in rhetorical and interp events, reaching quarterfinals at the Villiger invitational and getting 1st at national qualifiers her sophomore year. She also got 1st at national qualifiers in duo her junior year, reaching octofinals at the national tournament. She would love to listen to/help choose speeches for the year and offer any help needed!

Natalie Watson

FORMER SPEECHIE

I’m Natalie Watson! I recently graduated from Battle Ground Academy where I competed for four years. I mainly competed in Oratory but I’ve also had experience with interp and world schools debate. I haven’t had much (hardly any) experience with debate but I would love to help any orators or interpers!

Robert Snider

CURRENT SPEECHIE

Hi! My name’s Robert and I have participated in speech since freshman year, now entering my 4th year as a senior at Chagrin Falls High School. My main category is Humorous Interpretation, but I have competed in Duo Interpretation in the past and will also compete in Original Oratory and Dramatic Interpretation this upcoming season. I have semifinaled in 2 of the 4 national circuit tournaments I have attended (in humor) and qualified to the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions. Additionally, I have won two state circuit tournaments and placed 8th in the state my sophomore year. My specialty is interp but I am happy to help oo and info kids as well! I am also the president of my speech and debate team so I can provide advice on that as well!

Tanya Edquist

CURRENT SPEECHIE

Tanya Edquist is a rising senior at Carlsbad High School in Southern California where she currently serves as her teams Co-President. She has advanced to elimination rounds in numerous tournaments for both speech and debate, including placing 3rd at Jackrabbit Jamboree in PF, 1st at Southern California Nat Quals, and 1st in SDIVSL District Quals for Policy, as well as attending State in both Expository and Policy. Despite her love for debate, Tanya has been competing in speech for 3 years in numerous events. Her past events are Expository (Informative), Original Advocacy, Duo Interp, Humorous Interp, Storytelling, and now Program Oral Interp. She offers 1 on 1 coaching and is able to help select speech and interp topics, as well as offer in depth advice on your speeches.

Thadeus Smith

FORMER SPEECHIE

Thadeus Smith did debate for four years in high school. He went to states all four years (four times in speech and twice in debate), qualified to TOC, competed at NIETOC, and competed at NSDA Nationals twice (placing 44th and 10th in 2018 and 2019). He is comfortable teaching pretty much anything relating to PF or OO, although if you want PF advice, framework wasn’t his strong suit.

Note from Thadeus: “I’m comfortable debating any of the topics from the past year/two years – If you don’t have cases or blocks from those just let me know and I’ll share what I have!”