INSTRUCTOR BIOS

The following are our instructors for the 2020 BR Free Coaching Service.

Public Forum Instructors (Former Debaters)

Matt Redler (he/him)

Matt Redler has 8 years of Public Forum Debate experience. He competed at Nova High School and coached at Ransom Everglades. He’s now the founder of Chefit, a venture-backed startup connecting families with personal chefs. Matt’s primary debate strength is in messaging, as in simplifying arguments and communicating them in the most straightforward way possible.

Shreyas Kiran (he/him)

Shreyas graduated from Dougherty Valley High School in 2019. He and his partner qualified to the Tournament of Champions twice and Nationals their senior year. He received a career total of 9 bids and reached late elimination rounds at most tournaments his senior year. He spent most of his career in the second speaking position and is willing to help out with rebuttal and final focus, issue selection, and overall in-round strategy.

Public Forum Instructors (Current High School Students)

Anuraag Routray (he/him)

Anuraag Routray is a current senior at Cinco Ranch HS who has qualified to the Tournament of Champions for the past three years. They championed the Bellaire Invitational, Longhorn Classic, Cougar Classic, and the New York City Invitational. They are especially helpful with case writing, lay adaption, and creating responses/frontlines.

Arjun Maheshwari (he/him)

Arjun Maheshwari is a current junior at Edina High School in Minnesota. He qualified to TOC as a sophomore and junior, earning 5 career bids and ranking as high as first nationally. He is particularly helpful with weighing, second half strategy, and judge adaptation.

Ashwin Balaje (he/him)

Ashwin Balaje debated for four years at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee serving as captain his senior year. In his career, Ashwin semi-finaled the Emory Invitational and Sunvitational, all while earning multiple bids to the Tournament of Champions and receiving numerous speaker awards. Additionally, he also reached outrounds at the University of Kentucky, Millard North, Durham Academy, Apple Valley, and Florida Blue Key tournaments. As a junior, Ashwin became the first team from his state to qualify for the gold Tournament of Champions and NSDA nationals while simultaneously working to expanding his debate program’s membership. He is especially helpful with case strategy, devising frontlines, and coming up with analytical responses.

Daisy Qiu (she/her)

Daisy is a senior at Unionville High School and is her school’s overall speech and debate captain. She has experience in various types of debate, but focusing mainly on PF and Parli. Last year, she broke at the Bronx and Villiger Invitationals, bidding at the Pennsbury Falcon invitational. She also reached octofinals at the Silver Tournament of Champions. This year, she was the 6th speaker at Bronx. She would love to help with drills and analytical rebuttals, as well as garnering lay appeal and any other help needed!

Daniel Yan (he/him)

Daniel Yan is a current Junior at University School in Cleveland Ohio who qualified to the Tournament of Champions his sophomore year and is Auto-qualled for the upcoming year. He has gotten to outrounds at Blake, Bronx, Stanford, ASU, GMU, Yale. At the 2019 Tournament of Champions, he was an octofinalist. He also semifinaled at the 2019 Blake Invitational and has been ranked as high as 9th in the nation. He is helpful with round strategy as well as both traditional and progressive debate.

Esme Longley (she/her)

Esme Longley is a current senior debating and captain at Durham Academy in North Carolina. Her junior year, she Octofinaled at NCFLs and autoqualled to the Tournament of Champions for her senior year. She has reached elimination rounds at a number of tournaments including semis at Holy Cross her junior year, Yale, Blue Key, and GMU. She has qualified to NCFLs for three years straight. She has second and first-spoken and is especially helpful for delivery drills, summaries, and final focuses.

Eugene Rhee (he/him)

Eugene Rhee is a senior at PMG Independent and has been a varsity debater for 4 years now, including middle school. Eugene has championed a variety of local tournaments and state qualified 2 years in a row. He is extremely good at case constructing, blocking and showing you the best way to flow. Not only that, he is excellent with off-meta case writing and ways to catch your opponent off guard.

Ezra Kohrman (he/him)

Ezra is a senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in California, where he founded the PF program his freshman year. He has amassed 4 career bids to the Tournament of Champions, qualifying his sophomore and junior year. Most notably, he has been ranked as high as 4th in the country by NSD. He is most comfortable helping with case strategy, late-round strategy, and rebuttal drills.

Hattie Bilson (she/her)

Hattie Bilson is a 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 co-championing the Jack Howe CSULB Invitational, semi-finaling at the UK Opener, and semi-finaling 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.

Illeana Baquero (she/her)

Illeana Baquero is a current junior at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, NY. As a sophomore, she competed at TOC after bidding at UPenn. She has debated as both first and second speaker, though she typically speaks first now. Her personal strengths include case-writing, speech drills, and summary strategy.

Inko Bovenzi (he/him)

Inko Bovenzi debated for Hunter High School in New York City. He qualified to the Tournament of Champions twice, reaching outrounds in his junior year. He has reached late elimination rounds in several varsity tournaments, including finals at Yale, quarterfinals at UK, quarterfinals at Glenbrooks, and semifinals at Scarsdale. In addition, he was 8th speaker at Harvard, 3rd speaker at UK, 6th speaker at Glenbrooks, and 7th speaker at Scarsdale. He was invited to compete at the Harvard Round Robin twice, and during his senior year, he was ranked first in the country.

Irene Do (she/her, they/them)

Irene Do is a current senior at Oakton High School. She competes in both Policy and Public Forum Debate, on the National and local circuit. In Public Forum, she has broken at the George Mason Tournament, National Debate Forum camp tournament, and qualified to Grand Nationals. She specializes in judge adaptation (especially lay judges), cutting blocks, and cardless/extemp style rebuttals (second speaker).

Kailey Zhao (she/her)

Kailey Zhao is a junior at Westfield and is happy to work on anything skills related (strategy, weighing, etc). She reached outrounds at tournaments like Harvard and Bronx and attended the Silver Tournament of Champions. She also placed in the top 20 speakers at tournaments like Yale, Harvard, and Lakeland.

Madison Ponder (she/her)

Madison Ponder is a current junior at Pine View High School. She has qualified for NCFL twice and NSDA once; She is currently working to qualify for the Tournament of Champions. She breaks at almost every tournament she attends and has come one break round from a bid multiple times, including at Nova Titan, Blue Key, and Yale. Madison frequently places for speaker awards. She has attended two debate camps for public forum, one at NDF and the other at VBI. She has served as the debate captain for two years now. Madison is especially helpful with case writing, overviews or framework (weighing), blocks, judge adaptation, and speaking drills.

Marcus Novak (he/him)

Marcus Novak is a current junior at University School who has just recently started to travel on the National Circuit. He reached elimination rounds at UK, and has placed at multiple local tournaments. He is helpful at traditional debate strategy, and helping to appeal to any type of judge.

Martand Bhagavatula (he/him)

Martand is a junior at Fairmont Prep in Anaheim, California, where he’s just begun his second year of debating on the circuit. Last year, 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 and finals at the Season Opener at the University of Kentucky. Having spoken both first and second in his career, Martand believes his strengths as a debater lie in argument/case/block construction and in-round strategy, but is more than willing to help with anything you need such as flowing and judging practice rounds.

Michelle Mally (she/her)

Michelle Mally is a current junior at Miami Beach Senior High who is a second speaker in public forum. She has attended a multitude of different national tournaments including Bluekey, Glenbrooks, Sunvite, etc. and has reached outrounds at Sunvite, Crestian, Titan, and others in addition to winning Flying L in her sophomore year. She is helpful with analysis and lay appeal, improving word economy, and structuring speeches.

Miles Anthony Dintzner (he/him)

Miles Dintzner is a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. He qualified for TFA State all four years and won the tournament his Junior year. Miles qualified to the TOC in both his Junior and Senior years and reached Octos of the TOC his Junior year. He has championed multiple national circuit tournaments including the UT Longhorn Classic, Churchill, and the BK Round Robin. In addition, he has reached out rounds at Glenbrooks, MinneApple, and more. Miles is especially helpful with case writing and round vision.

Nathaniel Yoon (he/him)

Nathaniel Yoon has coached the Oakton Public Forum team for three years, and has debated for four years on the local and national circuit in multiple formats. Locally, he’s placed first in varsity public forum and Lincoln-Douglas, qualifying to NCFL Nationals in both, and nationally, he’s gone undefeated and reached late outrounds at multiple national tournaments, including UPenn, UK, and Yale. Nathaniel was his school’s first team to qualify to the Tournament of Champions, 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 case writing, drills, and second-half strategy. Nathaniel will be very active on the circuit this year and can talk about any topic or almost any argument throughout the year!

Ruby Marsh (she/her)

Ruby Marsh is a senior at the Westridge School in California. She has qualled to the TOC last year and this year. She co-championed Jack Howe and semi-finaled at UK. She will be especially helpful working on summary strategy and collapsing, weighing, case construction and argument strategy and logical rebuttals, but will be happy to work with you on whatever you need! Ruby is also particularly good working with novices who have just started debate.

Sam Hernandez (he/him)

Sam Hernandez is a current senior at Saint Mary’s Hall High School in Texas who qualified to the Tournament of Champions their junior year. He and his partner bid at Grapevine and ASU, reaching quarterfinals at both tournaments, and he reached the bid round at Yale, Plano West, and Emory. He is helpful when it comes to analytical rebuttal drills and weighing drills.

Sukhm Kang (he/him)

Sukhm Kang is a current senior at University School in Ohio who qualified to the Tournament of Champions their sophomore, junior, and senior years. He has earned 9 career bids to the TOC, most notably breaking at TOC, finaling at Stanford, and winning the Blake tournament. He is willing to help students with any skill, including but not limited to: round strategy, speaking, lay debate, technical debate, analytical rebuttals, frontlining, and case writing.

Trey Plante (he/him)

Trey Plante is a senior at Saint Mary’s Hall who has competed in public forum for four years. Trey has been a 2nd speaker for two years and a 1st speaker for two years. He is willing to help with whatever, but is probably best at case/round strategy, summaries, and weighing.

Tristan Roark (he/him)

Tristan Roark is a current senior with 2+ years of debate experience at Mount Si High School who is especially helpful with constructing and researching cases.

Tyler Katz (he/him)

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 experience in both policy and extemp. He has qualified for the TOC three times, obtaining 11 career bids and two top speakers at bid tournaments. He is experienced at reading theoretical arguments as well as debating the kritik.. He can also help with flowing, case structure, and lay judge adaptation.

Yukiho Semimoto (She/her)

Yukiho Semimoto is a current senior at Edgemont, and has done 5 years of Public Forum, 3 of them as captain and novice director of her team. She qualified to the TOC junior year, reached outrounds at national tournaments like the Bronx Invitational, Blake, Glenbrooks, UK— notably quarterfinaling Emory her junior year and amassing several top 5 speaker awards along the way. She is a first speaker– and loves working on strategic decisions, summary, and crossfire skills but can also do rebuttal and second speaker drills. 

Will Sjostrom (he/him)

Will Sjostrom is a current senior at Marist who has qualified to the TOC twice and has been ranked as high as 2nd in the nation his senior year. He has currently accumulated 6 gold bids to the TOC and reached out rounds at numerous national tournaments. He is especially helpful with strategic research skills, case/rebuttal strategy, and second half decision making.

Zain Ashraf (he/him)

Zain Ashraf is currently a junior at Strake Jesuit in Houston, TX. Last year, he qualified to the Tournament of Champions, bidding at Grapevine, Holy Cross, and Bellaire. Zain also cleared to quarters at TFA state. He would work with students on weighing, extensions, and analytical rebuttal drills, along with overall round strategy. He’s very excited to work with Beyond Resolved.

Zara Chapple (she/her)

Zara Chapple is a current Junior at the Dalton School. She qualified for Gold Tournament of Champions her Sophomore and Junior years and NSDA nationals her Sophomore year (where she broke to round 11). She’s especially helpful with narrative/lay debate, explanations and efficiency, and analytical responses.

Extemporaneous Speaking Instructors (Current High School Students)

Mo Marks (she/her)

Mo Marks is currently a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa she has qualified to UKTOC in Congress but chose not to go so that she could do extemp instead. She won state in congress as a sophomore and won Novice Nationals. She has won every tournament she attended so far this year in congress. She is especially helpful with speech structure, analysis, and bill analysis.

Hattie Bilson (she/her)

Hattie Bilson is a 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 co-championing the Jack Howe CSULB Invitational, semi-finaling at the UK Opener, and semi-finaling 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.

Eugene Rhee (he/him)

Eugene Rhee is a senior at PMG Independent and has state qualified in extemp 3 years in a row. He got 2nd at the MMMS speech competition in 2018 as well. Eugene can help with anything when it comes to extemp.

Policy Debate Instructors (Current High School Students)

Irene Do (she/her, they/them)

Irene Do is a current senior at Oakton High School. She competes in both Policy and Public Forum Debate, on the National and local circuit. In Policy, she has won the Virginia State Championships and the National Qualifiers, later placing 39th at Grand Nationals. She specializes in judge adaptation (especially lay judges), speed, negative strategy (2N), and cutting/running both K and policy off case arguments.

Congress Instructors

Alexis Lass (she/her)

Alexis Lass is a current junior at Western High School who has qualified to TOC and is currently ranked top 30 in the state of Florida. She has received a bid from Nova Titan, Blue Key, Harvard, and The Tradition at Cypress Bay where she placed fifth.

Clinton Oreofe (he/him)

Clinton is a current junior at Alief Hastings High School. Being debate captain and the only congressional debater on his team that doesn’t compete much nationally, Clinton broke to outrounds at tournaments like Harvard and Blue Key. He is also a 2 time TFA state qualifier and a UIL state qualifier in Texas. Clinton is strongest at finding a persons personality when it comes to speaking.

Guyberson Pierre (he/him)

Guyberson Pierre is a current junior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Insofar as his debate career has gone, he has been ranked as high as number one in the nation, per the Golden Spear Debate Society, championed the 2019 Tradition at Cypress Bay High School, placed 3rd at the 2019 Nova Titan Invitational, and 7th at the 2019 Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament. Moreover, he has finaled tournaments such as the 2019 NSDA National Tournament-House, 2019 NCFL Nationals, 2018 Florida Blue Key, 2018 Nova Titan Invitational, and the 2018 Florida Forensics League Varsity State Tournament, along with amassing over 8 bids to the Tournament of Champions. He is especially helpful with argument generation and speech structure.

Isaac Appelbaum (he/him)

Isaac Appelbaum is a current senior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. Isaac has qualified for the TOC, NCFL nationals, and NSDA nationals in congress. Isaac is ranked 1st in Pennsylvania and in the top 30 nationally per the NSDA having made out rounds at Yale, Harvard, UPenn, Villiger, Durham Academy, NCFL nationals, and NSDA nationals. Isaac can help with everything ranging from understanding legislation to argument generation.

Mo Marks (she/her)

Mo Marks is currently a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa she has qualified to UKTOC in congress but chose not to go so that she could do extemp instead. She won state in congress as a sophomore and won Novice Nationals. She has won every tournament she attended so far this year in congress. She is especially helpful with speech structure, analysis, and bill analysis.

Speech Instructors (Platform and Interp Events)

Allison Marrero (she/her)

Allison Marrero is a senior at Western High School in Florida. She is ranked 1st in the state and 8th in the nation in Program Oral Interpretation, 7th in the state in Prose, 11th in the state in both Poetry and Original Oratory, and top 25 in the state in Informative Speaking. She has championed the Yale Invitational in Program Oral Interpretation and Florida Blue Key in Oral Interpretation, as well as advanced to numerous break rounds at tournaments such as the Tradition, Barkley Forum, Glenbrooks, and NCFL Nationals. When Allison grows up, she wants to be a speech and debate coach at a school.

Daisy Qiu (she/her)

Daisy is a senior at Unionville High School and will be her school’s overall speech and debate captain. She mostly does debate, but did spend a good amount of her time in high school doing speech. Most notably, she got first place at district qualifiers in declamation and duo in 2018 and 2019 respectively, and broke at NCFL nationals in duo. She has also had success in HI and prose. She would love to give feedback on your piece and cater to any needs!

Mo Marks (she/her)

Mo Marks is a current senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School who has qualled to UKTOC twice, ETOC three times, NIETOC once, and NSDA three times. She is currently qualified to UKTOC and ETOC for this year. She bid at every tournament she attended last year and has TOC bids in extemp, informative, and congress. She has won state 5 times and won NSDAs at Dallas in Impromptu. She is especially helpful with speech structure and analysis.

Yusuf Rahman (he/him)

Yusuf Rahman is a senior at Catalina Foothills High School. He is a qualifier to the TOC in Informative Speaking and has placed at several Arizona and National Circuit tournaments, including ASU and Long Beach. He is also currently the president of his school’s team and has served as both a Speech Captain and Congress Captain. He is especially helpful with rhetoric and language skills, as well as overall presentation skills.

Lincoln Douglas Instructors

Breigh Plat (she/her)

Breigh Plat is a current junior at Legacy Christian in Frisco, Texas, who has two career bids. She has reached late out rounds at multiple national tournaments, bidding at Grapevine and Valley. She specializes in high theory, especially Baudrillard and Deleuze, theory, and advice for small-school debating.

Joey Georges (he/him)

Joey Georges is a current junior at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory who has one bid and 4 bid rounds. He bid at the Heart of Texas Invitational, and has gotten to out rounds or the bid round of every tournament he has attended except for the Glenbrooks tournament, where he didn’t clear on a 5-2 screw. He is especially helpful with progressive debate including deploying and responding to theory, Ks, phil, and technically efficient argument generation in those types of debates.