Debate Camp Instructors & Staff

New Additions to the Staff will be added soon!
Aaron Timmons - Symposium Director

Aaron Timmons

Symposium Director - GDS Debate Camp

Aaron W. Timmons is the Director of Debate at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas (near Dallas), in addition to serving as the Head Coach of the USA World Schools Debate team. A former President of the Texas Forensic Association, Mr. Timmons has published several educational publications, and is a frequent presenter at workshops on debate pedagogy in Texas, across the United States and in recent years, on an international stage at workshops in Qatar and Slovenia. In 2000, Mr. Timmons was recognized as one of the top coaches of the 20th century. Mr. Timmons has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Speech and Debate Association, the Texas Forensic Association, and the Tournament of Champions. Mr. Timmons is one of only three coaches in the history of the National Speech and Debate Association, to win National Championships in policy debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate, and the only coach to have multiple champions in both divisions. He has also coached the top speaker in policy and Lincoln Douglas debate, as well as champions in both formats, at the Tournament of Champions. Since becoming a coach of the USA Debate, the team has won events in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Slovenia, Germany, and Croatia. At the World Championships in Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2017, the USA Debate Team placed third in the World! The best showing for the United States since 1999! In the past five years alone, Mr. Timmons' students in Lincoln Douglas have won the championships at the Greenhill Round Robin (close out), St. Marks School of Texas (close out), Apple Valley Round Robin, Apple Valley, The Glenbrooks, The Meadows School, Harvard Westlake invitational, Emory, University of California at Berkeley, Bronx Science and TFA State (close out). Mr. Timmons is a full time teacher and has taught at debate workshops for over 30 years.
Cynthia Timmons - Director World Schools Debate

Cynthia Timmons

Director World Schools Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Cynthia Timmons lives in Dallas, Texas, and has been involved in debate for more than 40 years. Retired from 30 years in public schools where she coached dozens of national and state champions while winning numerous coaching awards, she has also served the speech and debate community in international, national and state leadership positions; in professional development training; in contributing articles to professional publications, both domestic and international; and in summer institute work. As Team Manager and Coach of the USA Debate team she helped lead the team to its best record in over a decade at WSDC events in Thailand, Singapore and Germany and to championships in Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. She also led the national team in public debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, and at the Republican Club in New York City for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. She is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She is actively engaged in promoting the cause of women in debate and has hosted three national tournaments for the National Speech & Debate Association. In her spare time, she loves reading and writing. She is also a wife and mother of two sons.
Ed Williams - Director of Student Life

Ed Williams

Director of Student Life - GDS Debate Camp

Ed Williams has been coaching debate for over 20 years. His students have been successful at every major national circuit tournament including NSDA Nationals and the Tournament of Champions. He has successfully built debate programs at multiple schools including Charlotte Latin School, Marist School and Calhoun High School. He is a Barkley Forum Key Coach, and past Board Member of the National Debate Coaches Association. Ed is probably the only coach to have won State Championships in debate and football. He has worked at summer workshops throughout the country including Bates College, Dartmouth, Wake Forest University and the University of Texas.
Jonathan Alston - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Jonathan Alston

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Jonathan is a high school English teacher and the Lincoln Douglas debate coach for Newark Science Park High School in New Jersey. He graduated from Yale University and has coached 7 New Jersey State Champions. Jonathan has had debaters make it to late elimination rounds at Stanford, Emory, Greenhill, Wake Forest, Harvard, St. Marks and the Tournament of Champions, among others, in his twenty years as a coach. Jonathan is a gifted lecturer and teacher, consistently getting the highest evaluations from his lab students year after year. Jonathan is a highly requested lab leader sought out by coaches to help students maximize their potential. His attention to detail, diversity of teaching methods and the ability to instill both confidence and improved skills into transitioning younger students is second to none. Jonathan personifies excellence and professionalism in his approach to educating any student he has the opportunity to work with. Jonathan was the coach of the top Speaker of the Tournament of Champions in 2015 in addition to a TOC semifinalist.
Bekah Boyer - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Bekah Boyer

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Bekah Boyer, proud Dallasite, has been involved with the debate community for over a decade. A former debater, Bekah competed in Policy, LD, and Extemp for four years on local and national circuits during her time at Colleyville Heritage High School. She has served as an assistant debate coach in the LD Division at Greenhill School since 2010, where her students have won five Texas state championships, the TOC, the Barkley Forum at Emory, the Glenbrooks, Blake, as well as competing in late elimination rounds at countless prestigious tournaments. While coaching, Bekah has dedicated herself to advancing gender equality in debate; she has authored several articles on the topic and is respected by the community as a resource for crafting best practices surrounding issues of student safety and empowerment. A senior instructor at numerous debate camps in the past, Bekah is happy to be teaching with the best at GDS, including a number of her own former mentors and mentees. In addition to her work in the debate community, Bekah worked for 4 years at the Dallas Museum of Art as the assistant manager of membership, where she promoted her love for art history and community engagement at the one of America’s largest encyclopedic collections while caring for over 12,000 supporting membership households. In 2017, Bekah returned to school at the University of Texas at Dallas to further her education in Historical Analysis, with a focus on intersectional identity formulation in early-modern Europe and post-Reconstruction America. Bekah hopes to receive her Master’s in Museum Studies and aims to achieve her PhD in History in the near future. In her spare time, Bekah runs a small catering bakery (Black Cat Bakery) named for her own cat, Stokely Carmichael.
Courtney Coffman - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Courtney Coffman

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Courtney is the Director of Debate at Northland Christian School in Houston, TX. She coached the 2017 Texas State Champion in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. Over her four years coaching, her students have had many successes: qualifications to the TOC, getting freshmen through seniors qualified to the Texas State tournament, reaching late elimination rounds at the TOC and The Texas State tournament, coaching a Texas state champion, and getting invited to numerous, prestigious round robins. This will be Courtney's seventh summer teaching at a summer institute, she brings experience from Mean Green Workshops and several winter institutes. When she was a student, Courtney debated for three years on the local and national circuits for Northland Christian School. Beginning her national circuit career at the end of her junior year, she cleared at nearly every national tournament she participated in including Harvard, Grapevine, St. Marks, Blake, and VBT. Courtney ended her debate career by competing at the TOC and placing 10th at the National Speech Debate Association National Tournament.
Barbara Garner - Senior Staff Congressional Debate

Barbara Garner

Senior Staff Congressional Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Barbara retired from Duncanville High School in 2008 as a highly decorated coach who led the committee that revised the rules for Texas Forensic Association’s Congress Debate division and served as the TFA State Congress Coordinator. She coached an NFL National Champion in Congress and led numerous other Duncanville students to state and national competitive success. Mrs. Garner is a former President of the Texas Forensic Association, and a recipient of the Texas Speech Communication Association Educator of the Year Award. Since retiring in 2008, Barbara has been presenting Congress Workshops, teaching at summer institutes, and judging frequently at qualifying tournaments, TFA State, and NFL District contests. She currently serves as the University Interscholastic League State Congress Clerk.
Chetan Hertzig - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Chetan Hertzig

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Chetan Hertzig is the head coach of Harrison High School in New York. He has coached a TOC champion, an NCFL national champion and runner-up, an NSDA Nationals runner-up, a Greenhill tournament and round robin champion, two Glenbrooks champions and one runner-up, three Harvard tournament champions and a round robin champion, two Bronx runner-ups and one top speaker, an Apple Valley champion, and winners of numerous other tournaments. He has qualified students to the TOC almost every year that he has been coaching. Mr. Hertzig teaches IB Psychology at Harrison, and holds an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Jacob Koshak - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Jacob Koshak

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Jacob Koshak has coached at Saint Thomas HS, Episcopal, and Seven Lakes HS, and is currently the assistant coach of Montgomery High School and has coached a total of 6 years yielding multiple TOC, State, and national qualifiers. His students have reached late out rounds of NSDA Nationals, NCFL Nationals, the Texas and Louisiana State Tournament and the TOC. His students usually read a good amount of critical literature/arguments ranging from a bunch of old Marxists and Postmodernists (Marx, Bataille, Derrida, Baudrillard, Foucault, and DnG) to Race, Ableism, Ontology, and Fem authors (Wilderson, Creole, Heidegger, and Plumwood). He currently holds a Bachelors in Communication and Education and a Masters in Critical/Social Education, eventually pursuing a PhD whenever he gets around to it. In his spare time, he loves reading about random Marxists and is on the lookout for the proletariat revolution.
Elijah Smith - Senior Staff Kritik Lab (2013 NDT Champion)

Elijah Smith

Senior Staff Kritik Lab (2013 NDT Champion) - GDS Debate Camp

Elijah Smith debated at University High School in Newark, New Jersey and Emporia State University before attending Rutgers University, Newark. Elijah "united the titles" by winning both of collegiate policy debate's national championships - the National Debate Tournament (NDT) and CEDA Nationals. Elijah writes, "Debate workshops are important because they encourage you to expand your knowledge base. As a workshop participant, students have access to qualified staff and competitors that each think about debate differently. Taking advantage of folks that are well read in multiple literature bases and having friends that have diverse interests can teach you how to think about debate rather than what to think. This allows you to innovate rather than recycle popular arguments. No matter how much fun debate workshops are, the one thing debaters should keep in mind when choosing where to spend a good chunk of their summer is what quantity and quality of work they are willing to put in during a short period of time. I attribute a lot of my success to some really smart people convincing me that waking up at 6 am on weekends is only worth it if you are competing, not just participating. For me competing requires you to learn from the people you want to be like, but also from the ones that have found success using styles and arguments you want to beat in intense debates. This isn't to say that the value of debate should be measured in wins, but I don't want another student to end their career without knowing that they put their all into an activity they love". Elijah is current serving as a teacher at Greenhill School.
Dr. Tommy J. Curry - Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University

Dr. Tommy J. Curry

Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University - GDS Debate Camp

Dr. Tommy J. Curry is a Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Texas A&M University where he held the prestigious Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship 13’-16’ and is now the USC Shoah Foundation 16’-17’ & A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellow. Dr. Curry is the current President of Philosophy Born of Struggle.He is the author of over sixty articles and book chapters on racism, Critical Race Theory, Hip-Hop and Black male vulnerability, and four books: The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (2016), The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood ( 2017) which analyzes the sexual and erotic drives behind Black male death and rape, Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a white Racial Empire (2018), and co-edited with Daw-nay Evans the forthcoming anthology Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go From Here? ( 2019). His commentaries on topics ranging from Hip-Hop, the death and rape of Black men and boys, and regenerative stem cell treatments can be found in venues ranging from Forbes to Sirius XM. As a college debater for the University of Missouri Kansas City, Curry became the first Black person to win JV Nationals in 1998, and in 2000 was champion and top speaker of one of the only Black Policy debate teams to win Pi Kappa Delta Nationals--the same national organization that prohibited Wiley College's undefeated Black debate team from participating in their national tournament throughout the 1930s.
Charles Owens - Senior Dorm Staff

Charles Owens

Senior Dorm Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Charles Owens is the director of 5 th -12 th vocal music at Greenhill School in Addison Texas. Mr. Owens is an educator with 20+ years of teaching and administrative experience with comprehensive experience in equity and inclusion administration, program planning, residential life/boarding and international student travel logistics. Prior to returning to full-time classroom teaching, Mr. Owens served as Assistant-Dean of Students and Boys Dormitory Head at Lake Forest Academy where he taught ESL and ran a summer dorm and activities for the Summer ESL immersion program. Upon becoming Dean of Students at Francis Parker, he was responsible for all 9-12 overnight retreat planning and student travel and coordinated and traveled as trip administrator for a biannual travel exchange program with schools in Austria and Belgium in addition to directing a regular French cultural travel program to Paris. Along with his professional experience in residential student life, Mr. Owens has several years’ experience as assistant-director of student mission trip travel with his church where he was responsible for coordinating student activities, meal planning and cooking and special oversight for students with allergy and health concerns.
Shreya Agarwala - World Schools Debate Staff

Shreya Agarwala

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Shreya has been part of speech and debate since her freshman year, participating in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and World Schools Debate. Last year, she was a part of the inaugural USA Development Team. Shreya was awarded first speaker at Holy Cross in World Schools Debate and won both Greenhill’s 2015 World Schools tournament and Harvard-Westlake’s 2016 event. She also reached semifinals in both the 2016 Holy Cross and the 2016 Greenhill Classic World School tournaments as well as quarterfinals at the Winter Holiday Open in Croatia. In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, she qualified for Nationals her sophomore year and broke at multiple national tournaments.
Milan Amritraj - World Schools Debate Staff

Milan Amritraj

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Milan Amritraj competed in Speech and Debate for four years at Campbell Hall High School and was captain of the 2015-2016 USA World Schools Debate Team. He championed several national and international tournaments including The California Invitational at UC Berkeley (Twice), The Stanford National Invitational, and the Winter Holiday Open in Zagreb, Croatia. Milan has also reached the final rounds of other prestigious tournaments such as NSDA Nationals (Twice) and the Slovenian National Debate Tournament, in addition to others. Milan was a member of the team that competed in the World Championships in Germany in the summer of 2016. Currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Milan is pursuing a degree in Business Administration
Nik Angelopoulos - World Schools Debate Staff

Nik Angelopoulos

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Anastasios Nikolas Angelopoulos, Team USA 2012-2016, was the valedictorian and president of Polytechnic School, won 1st speaker and 1st place team at Nationals in HSPDP Parliamentary debate in both 2014 and 2015, and founded his high school debate team, coaching it to a third National Championship in 2016. He competed in WSDC Thailand and WSDC Singapore, where Team USA placed 10th. Outside of debate, Nikolas is pursuing a license for his instrument pickup patent (#8993868), writing a musical, and teaching Kenpo Karate. He is now a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a double major in Bioengineering and Music Composition.
Lucas Clarke - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Lucas Clarke

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Lucas debated at Cypress Woods High School in Houston, Texas for 3 years. Lucas was the Top Speaker at the 2017 Texas Forensics Association state tournament. Lucas cleared at every circuit tournament he participated in, won Holy Cross undefeated, placed 3rd at The University of Texas, reached Quarterfinals of Glenbrooks, Quarterfinals of Emory, Octafinals of Greenhill, Octafinals of Grapevine, Quarterfinals of Isidore Newman, and Octafinals of TFA State. He competed in the Greenhill and Holy Cross Round Robin, and received 5 TOC bids during his senior year. Lucas was also a first-year graduate of the Global Debate Symposium, and attributes much of his success to the three weeks he spent at camp.
Shreyoshi Das - World Schools Debate Staff

Shreyoshi Das

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Shreyoshi is co-captain of her school’s debate team and has been competing in speech and debate at the local, state, and national level since her freshman year. She is a two-time qualifier to NSDA Nationals in World Schools Debate, reaching octafinals at the 2016 National Tournament in Salt Lake City in WSD. As a junior, Shreyoshi was selected to the inaugural USA Debate Development Team, co-championing the World Schools division of the Blake tournament and receiving third place at the First NBC World Schools Invitational at the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. As a senior, Shreyoshi was selected to Team USA, where she reached quarterfinals at the Winter Holidays Open in Croatia, placed third at the EurOpen in Germany, won the World Schools Invitational at Cornell University, and achieved success at domestic WSD tournaments. Shreyoshi has also excelled in a variety of public speaking events, including Original Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking, as well as other debate events, including Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum. She is a three-time qualifier to the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament and has received multiple bids to the TOC in Extemporaneous Speaking. Outside of debate, Shreyoshi is a varsity member of her high school’s choir program and is President of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honor society at her school.
Danny DeBois - World Schools Debate Staff

Danny DeBois

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Danny DeBois debated for Harvard University in British Parliamentary debate, USA Debate in World Schools Debate, and Harrison High School in Lincoln-Douglas debate. In college, he won the World Universities Debating Championship, the Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championship, and the Yale Intervarsity (twice), as well as appearing in finals of the US Universities Debating Championship, the North American Universities Debating Championship (twice), and the Oxford Intervarsity. As a member of USA Debate, he was Top Speaker of the NSDA World Schools division. In high school LD, he won the TOC, NCFL Grand Nationals, the Minneapple, the Glenbrooks, and the Harvard Invitational (twice). He also coached a TOC champion while working at Harvard-Westlake.
Aditya Dhar - Congressional Debate Staff and World Schools Debate Staff

Aditya Dhar

Congressional Debate Staff and World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Aditya was the captain of Congressional Debate for the Harker School for three years, earning 13 lifetime TOC bids, four TOC auto-qualifications in Congressional Debate, and 2nd Place and the Leadership Bowl in Senate at the 2017 NSDA National Tournament. Aditya was also ranked on DebateRankings’ top 50 congressional debaters for three years. During his senior year, Aditya competed in World Schools Debate with the USA Debate Team, travelling to Bali for the 2017 WSDC, where Team USA received second. Aditya is a freshman at Harvard University, where he studies Applied Math and Economics and competes in American and British Parliamentary, breaking varsity at the Yale and Oxford IVs and attending WUDC 2018 in Mexico City.
Piper Doyle - World Schools Debate Staff

Piper Doyle

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Piper has been active in speech and debate throughout her high school career successfully competing in a variety of events including Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress, and World Schools Debate. Piper was a member of the inaugural USA Development Team for World Schools Debate where she took first place at both the Harvard-Westlake and Blake World Schools Debate Tournaments. Additionally, she was a semi-finalist at the Holy Cross and Greenhill World Schools Debate Tournaments. In the 2017-2018 debate season, Piper was selected as one of 9 students from around the country to be on Team USA representing the United States in international World Schools Debate competitions. On this team, she was a finalist at the Cornell World Schools Debate Tournament. She was selected to travel to Taiwan to assist in training their National Debate team. Piper was also a member of the first USA team to win the 2017 EurOpen Debate Competition held in Stuttgart Germany. When she is not competing, Piper leads TeenTBI, an organization for teens who have experienced concussions. Piper has actively participated in community service and in her free time enjoys playing the piano, skiing, camping, and traveling with her family.
Bennett Eckert - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Bennett Eckert

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

As a student at Greenhill, Bennett was a 3 time champion of Lincoln Douglas Debate at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament and the 2016 National Speech and Debate Association's national champion. During the 2015-2016 school year, Bennett was one of the most successful debaters on the national circuit winning The Glenbrooks, Apple Valley, St. Mark’s, Meadows, The Greenhill Round Robin, and The Apple Valley Round Robin. Bennett is currently a freshman at Northwestern University. Bennett was taught in the summers of 2013 – 2015 by many of the senior staff members that will be teaching at the Global Debate Symposium this summer.
Connor Engel - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Connor Engel

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Connor is a senior at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles. His junior year he won the Alta Silver and Black Tournament and was in finals of USC. As a senior, Connor won first speaker at both the Greenhill Round Robin and Invitational Tournament, was a finalist at the Greenhill Round Robin, placed 3rd at The Glenbrooks and finished 5th at The California Invitational at UC Berkeley. He is incredibly excited to be working at GDS as he was a past student of the program.
Evan Engel - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Evan Engel

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Evan debated 3 years in high school Lincoln Douglas for Harvard-Westlake High School. Evan was one of the most successful competitors on the national circuit during the 2016-2017 school year receiving 10 bids to The Tournament of Champions. Evan was champion of Stanford, USC, The Glenbrooks and Alta as well as a finalist at Emory and placed 3rd at UC Berkeley. He is also a former student of The Global Debate Symposium.
Colette Faulkner - World Schools Debate Staff

Colette Faulkner

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Colette Faulkner is a freshman at Pepperdine University where she is majoring in International Studies with a focus on Political Science. She is also a member of the Pepperdine Debate Team. In high school, Colette was a member of the Kingwood High School debate for three years. She competed locally and nationally in both Public Forum and World Schools. Her junior year she served as an alternate for the USA Debate Team and her senior year served as a permanent member. Her proudest achievements include reaching finals of the 2017 NSDA World Schools Tournament, finaling at the Harvard World Schools Tournament, and receiving the second top speaker at the Winter Holiday Open in Croatia. Additionally, Colette was the team captain of the 2017 USA World Championships Team in Bali where they reached the semi-final round. Outside of debate, Colette is a member of the Pepperdine Model UN team and is an intern for congressional candidate Silky Malik.
Nicky Halterman - World Schools Debate Staff

Nicky Halterman

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Nicky Halterman competed for four years in LD, IX, and Poetry for Norman High School and was captain of the 2014-2015 USA Worlds Debate team. He was the 2015 NSDA LD National Champion, placed 2nd at the NSDA in 2014, a two time Oklahoma state champion in LD, and 6th place individual speaker at the 2015 WSDC World Championships where he led the team to a 10th place finish. He has taught LD and World Schools at UNT, GDS, and VBI in the last two years. He is currently in his second year of studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, with a focus on Political Theory.
Kathryn Kenny - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Kathryn Kenny

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Kathryn Kenny debated for Harrison High School (Class of 2016) for four years, where her accomplishments included qualifying for TOC twice, winning the Newark Invitational, and reaching quarterfinals of Yale and Harvard and elimination rounds of Valley, Apple Valley, Lexington (top seed/top speaker), Princeton, and Bronx. She competed at the Newark, Byram, Valley, Bronx, Harvard, Penn, Hockaday, Harrison, Kandi King and Derby round robins, winning the latter, breaking at the latter three, and placing second in her pod at the first two. She looks forward to teaching critical and framework debate this summer.
Shruthi Krishnan - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Shruthi Krishnan

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Shruthi Krishnan debated in Lincoln Douglas debate at Greenhill School for 4 years and was one of the top ranked debaters in the country. Shruthi has won the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship, Greenhill Round Robin, Harvard-Westlake, St. Mark’s, Apple Valley, and Grapevine. She was also top speaker at NDCA, Greenhill Round Robin, Harvard-Westlake, The Meadows, and St. Mark’s. Shruthi was also a finalist this year at the Glenbrooks. Having been a student at GDS for the past two summers, Shruthi is looking forward to sharing her experiences this summer.
Rebecca Kuang - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Rebecca Kuang

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Rebecca Kuang studies International Economics and East Asian studies at Georgetown University. She coaches for her alma mater, the Greenhill School in Texas, and her students have reached deep elims at/ won multiple bid tournaments. She won the 2013 Tournament of Champions, the Glenbrooks, Emory, Bronx, the Harvard Round Robin, TFA State, and some other tournaments. She has taught debate at camps across the country, including UNT, Apex, and VBI, and last year worked with the National High School Debate League of China to promote debate globally.
Mina Lee - Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor

Mina Lee

Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Mina Lee founded the Edgemont LD team at the beginning of her junior year, and has been coaching the novice team and competing on the circuit ever since. She reached elimination rounds at Lexington, Emory, Columbia, Harvard, Columbia, Scarsdale, and Blake, winning speaker awards at Columbia, Scarsdale, and Blake. She also attended the Greenhill and Newark Round Robins.
Rohith Mandavilli - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Rohith Mandavilli

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Rohith has debated for Westwood High School for 4 years in Austin, Texas. Rohith was the second speaker at the Texas Forensics Association state tournament his junior year, and reached the bid round of every national tournament he attended his senior year. Rohith won Strake Jesuit, was finals of Grapevine, Semis of Saint Marks, Quarterfinals of Harvard Westlake, Quarterfinals of Churchill, and Quarterfinals at the University of Texas. He competed in the Kandi King, Greenhill, Strake Jesuit, and Harvard Westlake Round Robins, and received 5 career TOC bids, qualifying twice. Rohith attended GDS his junior and senior years and attributes his success to his experiences at camp.
Joshua May - World Schools Debate Staff

Joshua May

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Joshua competed in high school speech and debate for five years winning multiple awards in Congressional Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Extemporaneous Speaking, and was a member of USA debate for two years. His most prominent achievements include reaching the semi-final of the 2015 NSDA nationals world schools tournament, winning the 2015 Winter Holiday Open, and competing at the 2016 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to competing, Joshua also often coaches debate, including several camps and a middle school program, as well as playing rugby and other school activities. Having graduated from United World College - USA Joshua is continuing his debate career at the University of Denver.
Mitali Mathur - LD Debate Staff and World Schools Debate Staff

Mitali Mathur

LD Debate Staff and World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Mitali competed in LD for 4 years for Greenhill School. She qualified to the Texas Forensics Association debate tournament three times, placing third twice. Over her debate career, she cleared at many national tournaments and qualified to the TOC her junior and senior year. Mitali was a member of the USA Debate Team where she competed in international tournaments in Germany, Thailand, and the World Schools Debating Championship in Singapore, placing 10th. Mitali currently attends the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she is pursuing a major in international economics, minor in Mandarin Chinese, and certificate in international development. She also interns at the Institute for Developmental Impact. Mitali loves teaching and is excited to be here!
Fanele Mashwama - World Schools Debate Staff

Fanele Mashwama

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Fanele Mashwama is a graduate of Harvard University where he concentrated in Philosophy. His academic interests include questions concerning distributive justice and interpersonal moral duties. Fanele was a finalist at the World Schools Debating Championship in 2013 debating for Swaziland. During his time at Harvard, Fanele was crowned the World Champion at the World Universities Debating Championships. Fanele also serves as an assistant coach for the USA Debate team and contributed to the team's third place finish in WSDC Bali 2017.
Tiana Menon - World Schools Debate Staff (Tentative)

Tiana Menon

World Schools Debate Staff (Tentative) - GDS Debate Camp

Tiana Menon is a junior at Harvard University with a concentration in Social Studies and a focus field in International Relations. She is currently on the Harvard College Debate Union as an acting member of the executive board. While in high school, Tiana was among nine students selected to be on the United States National Debate Team for her junior and senior years. Additionally, during her senior year, she won top speaker at the largest World Schools tournament and was Colorado state champion in International Extemporaneous speaking.
Ella Michaels - Congressional Debate Staff and World School Debate Staff

Ella Michaels

Congressional Debate Staff and World School Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Ella is a two-year member of the USA Debate team, and has been active in speech and debate since her freshman year, primarily competing in Congressional Debate. She is a California State Champion, NSDA National Finalist (House), and broke to semifinals at the Tournament of Champions when she attended the tournament her freshman and sophomore years. She has also placed in the top seven at Berkeley, Stanford, La Costa Canyon, Jack Howe, and others. As a first year member of the USA National Team, she took second in both the Harvard Worlds tournament in 2017 and the Winter Holidays Open in Croatia in 2016, and championed Holy Cross and Harvard-Westlake. This past summer, as a member of the national team, she placed third at the World Championship in Bali, Indonesia where she was also among the top 15 speakers. As a senior, Ella was the USA captain of the champion debate team at the EurOpen in November 2017. In addition to being captain of her school’s debate team, she is a founding member of her school’s Model United Nations team and interns with California State Senator Robert Hertzberg during the summer. She is an editor of the Annual (yearbook) and of a student-run blog called Vector, and interns for Rostrum, the magazine of the National Speech & Debate Association.
Megan Nubel - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate

Megan Nubel

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Megan will graduate from Loyola University of Chicago in May 2017, where she will earn a Bachelor of Science in Education with certifications in elementary, middle grades, English as a second language, and special education. Megan has worked as an assistant debate coach at New Trier Township High School for two years, where her students have been state finalists, qualified to the Tournament of Champions, and placed among the top 8 at CFL Nationals. As a collegiate debater, Megan has consistently been ranked among the top competitors in the National Parliamentary Debate format, and she has also attended international competitions in the British Parliamentary style. While debating for Valley High School from 2009-2013, Megan attended the Tournament of Champions twice, earning a total of 9 bids.
Indu Pandey - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Indu Pandey

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Indu debated 4 years for Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, CA. Her sophomore year she won the Alta Silver and Black Tournament. Her junior year she won the Meadows Invitational and placed fourth at Emory. As a senior, Indu was a finalist at the Greenhill Invitational, a quarterfinalist at the St. Marks Invitational, and a quarterfinalist at Apple Valley. She has received 8 career bids to the Tournament of Champions, qualifying three times. She is excited to be working at GDS as a former student.
Rodrigo Paramo - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Rodrigo Paramo

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Rodrigo holds a B.A. in Literary Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters in Literature at UT Dallas. He coaches LD at Westwood High School and has coached the champion(s) of UT, UH, and Grapevine, with students in outrounds of almost every octas bid tournament in the country. His students this year qualified to both the TOC and NSDA Nationals. In March, Rodrigo's student beat out over 180 students and was named 2017 Texas Forensics Association State Champion.
Raffi Piliero - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Raffi Piliero

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Raffi Piliero has debated for Harrison High School for four years. This year Raffi led the country in bids earned to the Tournament of Champions As a junior, he reached elimination rounds at the TOC, the Glenbrooks (quarterfinals), Apple Valley (quarterfinals), Bronx, Harvard, and several other tournaments, made it to the final round of Newark, and competed at the Harrison, Kandi King (semifinals), and Penn Round Robins (top speaker at the latter). As a senior, he has won the Greenhill Round Robin, the Greenhill Fall Classic Princeton and Newark. Raffi was a finalist at the Apple Valley Round Robin and has reached semifinals of Valley’s Mid-America Cup and Emory.
Demarcus Powell - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Demarcus Powell

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Demarcus holds a B.A. in Historical Studies from UT Dallas. He competed for 3 years at Crowley High School both locally and nationally qualifying for TFA state multiple times. Demarcus also competed at UT Dallas for 3 years. Demarcus has experience with all styles of debate and helps his students become well rounded debaters. Demarcus is one of the most preferred debate judges in the country.
Margaret Purcell - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Margaret Purcell

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Margaret debated for Northland Christian School (Houston, TX) for four years. She competed locally and nationally, having success on both circuits. She qualified for the TFA State Tournament for three years and qualified for NSDA Nationals, where she was the champion of her district. She competed in outrounds of numerous tournaments including St. Mark's, Greenhill, Grapevine, Isidore Newman, University of Houston, and Apple Valley. She also competed in the Greenhill, Apple Valley, TDC, and Kandi King Round Robins.
Nikhil Ramaswamy - World Schools Debate Staff

Nikhil Ramaswamy

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Nikhil joined the USA Debate Team in 2015 as a sophomore. He has competed in speech and debate since middle school, currently focusing on Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. Notable achievements include being a two-time national finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and qualifying four times to the NSDA National Tournament. He placed third in International Extemporaneous Speaking at NSDA Nationals in 2017, first at the George Mason Korea International English Speech Competition in Seoul in 2016, third at the World Schools Winter Holidays Open in Croatia in 2016, First Place Sweepstakes at the 2017 Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions, fifth at the 2017 Tournament of Champions, was runner-up in Congressional Debate and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking at the 2017 Texas state tournament, and recently won the Montgomery Bell Extemp Round Robin. He has consistently ranked among the top 20 extemporaneous speakers in the nation, and is the top extemporaneous speaker in Texas. In addition to coaching middle school students in debate, Nik has been a youth instructor in Tae Kwon Do, where he achieved recognition as a black belt. He is a volunteer and student advisor to the Plano Youth Leadership Board of Directors, where he helps organize youth leadership seminars for high school students in his community, and has coached robotics to prepare students for the First Lego League robotics competition. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys designing his own Lego buildings, playing piano, and solving escape rooms.
Varun Reddy - Kritik Lab Staff

Varun Reddy

Kritik Lab Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Varun Reddy is currently a second-year policy debater at Wake Forest University and a former debater at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. In college, Varun has qualified to the National Debate Tournament ‘16 and reached the Quarters of the Georgia State University tournament, as well as consistently being ranked in the top 25 teams. He is well read in eco-criticism, Deleuze, and other postmodern scholars. He fundamentally believes that debate is transformative and meaningful through engagement with various texts and deconstructions which can be applied to daily life. He is excited to assist his coach Elijah Smith to help enrich the minds of young, critically-minded students and engage in a reciprocal learning process that will teach important life and debate lessons.
Rishabh Shah - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Rishabh Shah

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Rishabh debated 4 years for Westwood High School in Austin, TX. He won Churchill, placed 3rd at The University of Texas, 3rd at the debateLA Round Robin, 5th at TFA State, 5th at Strake, 9th at Grapevine, and cleared to the bid round at every tournament his senior year. Rishabh competed in the Greenhill, Strake, debateLA, and Kandi King Round Robin and received 4 career TOC bids, qualifying twice. He attended GDS twice, attributing most of his success to the institute.
Aditya Shekhar - Congressional Debate Instructor

Aditya Shekhar

Congressional Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

An Alumni of the 2016 GDS Workshop, Aditya Shekhar debated for four years at the Blake School in Minneapolis, MN in Congressional Debate, Public Forum, World Schools, and Extemporaneous Speaking. He qualified to the Tournament of Champions three times in Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Public Forum. In Congressional debate, he was a semifinalist at the Tournament of Champions and the Glenbrooks, qualified to the 2017 NSDA National Tournament, and was a finalist at the Minnesota State Tournament. In World Schools Debate, he won the 2017 National Debate Coaches Association National Championship and was the 6th Speaker at NSDA Nationals.
Jeffrey Swift - Dorm Staff

Jeffrey Swift

Dorm Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Jeffrey Swift competed for four years in for Holy Cross School in New Orleans. He has competed nationally in Public Forum, Policy, and World Schools. During his career, he has reached the elimination rounds at numerous state, local, and regional tournaments in both Public Forum and Policy. In World Schools, he cleared at the 2016 USA World Schools Invitational. He has qualified for CFL Nationals in Public Forum, NSDA Nationals in Congressional Debate and this year for the TOC in Public Forum. I his first year at the GDS, Jeffrey brings a knowledge of public speaking as a competitor in Extemp, Impromptu, and Oratory. He won the 2016 Elks National Oratorical Contest during the summer after his Junior Year. As an aspiring coach, Jeffrey spends time working with students in Holy Cross' Logic and Argumentation course.
Matt Zinman - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Matt Zinman

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Matt Zinman debated for Harrison High School in New York. During his four years competing, he has reached elimination rounds at nearly every tournament he's attended, including Greenhill, Bronx, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Ridge, Scarsdale, and Lexington. So far this season, Matt has qualified to the TOC, placed 2nd at the Byram Hills Round Robin, and earned several speaker awards. He will attend Columbia University this fall.
Maggie Zollo - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Maggie Zollo

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Maggie debated for four years at Northland Christian School and was a captain her junior and senior years. She participated in both speech and debate events locally, around the state, and nationally before finishing her senior year by qualifying for TFA state for a third year in LD and foreign extemp. Although Maggie has experience with a progressive style of debate, she also appreciates more traditional aspects of the activity and is looking forward to helping students find a style that works for them in whatever level of the debate community they choose to take part in. She is currently studying architecture at Texas A&M.