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.
Kristiana Baez - Instructor - "K" Lab

Kristiana Baez

Instructor - "K" Lab - GDS Debate Camp

Kristiana Baez started her debate career at Norman High School where she competed for four years. She continued to debate at the University of Oklahoma, earning awards at multiple university competitions including the Cross-Examination Debate Association national tournament. She received a BA in International Security Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. Kristiana is currently a Graduate Assistant at the University of Iowa and is coaching their debate team. Kristiana helped coach the Iowa team to a close out of the CEDA National tournament in 2018! We are excited to have her join us this summer at the Global Debate Symposium.
Jordy Barry - Senior Staff Congressional Debate

Jordy Barry

Senior Staff Congressional Debate - GDS Debate Camp

Jordy Barry is the Head Speech and Debate Coach of Millburn High School in New Jersey. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science and a master’s degree in International Relations (focusing on International Law and Institutions). In her eight years of coaching (specializing in Congressional Debate), she has worked with national finalists at both the high school and collegiate levels. Having coached students on the east and west coasts as well as in the midwest, Jordy is able to teach students about the nuances of judge adaptation based on regional differences. Jordy’s students have reached deep outrounds at Yale, Bronx, Glenbrooks, Minneapple, Princeton, Blake, Harvard, Penn, ASU, Berkeley, Long Beach, NSDA Nationals, CFL Grand Nationals, and the TOC. Among these, her students have championed Yale, Princeton, the Blake Round Robin, and Minneapple. As a student, Jordy also competed in Congressional Debate, making top six at tournaments such as Jack Howe, La Costa Canyon, Berkeley, Golden Desert, Stanford, and ASU. Additionally, she was a three-time national qualifier to the NSDA and the TOC, amassing 12 career bids. She is excited to work with you this summer!
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. Over her seven years as head coach, her students have qualified to TFA State, the TOC, and NSDA Nationals in a variety of events. She coached the 2017 TFA State Champion in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking and was the coach of the 2018 National Champions in World Schools Debate. This will be Courtney's eleventh summer teaching at a summer institute and her fourth returning to GDS; 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 the VBT. Courtney ended her debate career by competing at the TOC and placing 10th at NSDA Nationals in LD.
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.
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.
Adesuwa Omoruyi - Senior Dorm Staff

Adesuwa Omoruyi

Senior Dorm Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Adesuwa Omoruyi has served as the Director of Forensics at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas for 4 years, and currently coaches all HS events (Debate and IEs). Miss Omoruyi has produced a number of State Finalists and National Qualifiers, and consistently encourages and motivates her students to be more than good, awesome, or amazing.. they must be UNDENIABLE, and student success has reflected this mindset in both a competitive setting and in the classroom. In addition to her work with students, Miss Omoruyi has also served colleagues in various roles withing the Texas Speech Communication Association, served as chairperson and on committees within the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas Forensics Association (TFA), hosted National Coaches Clinics and led the African American / Black Coaches Caucus discussion at the NSDA National Tournament. Due to the success of her students, Miss Omoruyi is often responsible for a significant number of students at a time during overnight and Out-of-State competitions, and is thrilled to support the welfare and well being of attendees at GDS this year.
Kristin Ovenshire Morehouse - Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate/Middle School Program

Kristin Ovenshire Morehouse

Senior Staff Lincoln Douglas Debate/Middle School Program - GDS Debate Camp

Kristin Ovenshire Morehouse has been a professional educator for fifteen years. She is a former intercollegiate policy debater and novice coach for Mary Washington University who majored in philosophy. She holds a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University and a Masters of Education from the University of Louisville as well as a post-graduate certificate from the Medical College of Virginia - Virginia Commonwealth University. She also has advanced training in sensory integration, behavior management, tiered teaching, and gifted and talented education. She is the founder and head coach of the Pagosa Springs High School speech and debate team in Southwest Colorado. At Mary Washington University, Kristin studied philosophy and debated in policy debate tournaments. She enjoyed studying Plato, Kant, Friere, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Nietzsche, Foucault, Sartre, De Beauvoir, hooks, Lourde, Islamic Political Philosophy and other philosophers while at University of Mary Washington. She competed in intercollegiate policy debate and earned the following awards and accolades: Winner Pennsylvania State University Tournament 1989; 3rd place George Washington University Tournament 1990; 10th Speaker George Washington University Tournament 1990; 3rd place American Debate Association Nationals; 3rd place Randolph-Macon Academy Tournament; 6th place Speaker Liberty University; and others. Kristin coached novice debaters for the University of Mary Washington for two years and has been the head coach of the Pagosa Springs High School Speech and Debate team for four years. She loves backpacking the CO Trail, rock climbing and skiing with her two teenagers, her CO National Guard husband, and their dog Spikey. Kristin is excited to share her joy and expertise of teaching debate and philosophy with the Global Debate Symposium. As a former debater, high school coach, occupational therapist and special educator with graduate level training in supporting gifted and talented students, Kristin has the experience and training to help each student progress to the next level.
Charles Owens - Senior Dorm Staff

Charles Owens

Senior Dorm Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Charles Owens is the Department Chair for K-12 Performing Arts at Maret School in Washington DC as well as Festival Administrator for coaching and residential life with Hazamir International Jewish Teen Choir in New York city. 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 becoming Department Chair and returning to full-time choral conducting, 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, student travel as well as coordinated and traveled as trip administrator for a biannual travel exchange program with schools in Austria and Belgium. He also directed 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.
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.
Melissa Witt - Senior Dorm Staff

Melissa Witt

Senior Dorm Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Melissa Witt has been a classroom teacher and speech/debate coach for 18 years. She has coached all high school events at the Texas State level as well as a National Finalist in Poetry and Semifinalists in Extemp, Congressional Debate, and Oratory. State championships include Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Informative Speaking & Persuasive speaking. In addition to her work with students, Melissa has also served colleagues in various leadership positions with the Texas Speech Communication Association, served on UIL & TFA committees and her NSDA District committee, and presented panels at the West Texas Speech Association, University Interscholastic League Capital Conferences and Student Activities Conferences, and TSCA annual convention. She has worked as a lab leader/instructor at Texas Speech & Debate Camp in Congressional Debate, The Championship Debate Group in novice Policy Debate, and the Guy P. Yates Speech & Theatre Camp in Novice and Varsity Policy Debate.
Miha Andric - World Schools Debate Staff

Miha Andric

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Miha Andric is Head of Education at National Debate Organization Slovenia and Head of Faculty at the English Speaking Union Turkey. He serves as a program director or chief trainer at several international academies (ESU Istanbul, Mediterranean Schools Academy, MSDA Moscow…). He is also a regular member of faculty at different international debate programs (WSDA Slovenia, ESU London, WeDebate Italy, FinnBrit Finland…). As a guest lecturer he trained students, teachers and debate judges all around the world from USA, Qatar, and Russia to European countries such as UK, Germany, Finland, Italy, Greece, Slovakia and many others. Miha Andri? is also an experienced international WSDC judge, he served as Chief Adjudicator at many international tournaments such us EurOpen Germany, Bluebonnet USA, NSDC Copenhagen, Finland Nationals and others. He also served as a member of motion committee as several tournaments (NSDA USA nationals, JSMU India Open…). From 2016 has served as Head Coach of national team Slovenia, in 2014 he was Head Coach of national team Turkey. From 2011 he is Head Coach & Manager of Bežigrad school debate club which is the most successful European school debate club in last 5 years. Beside his debate work, Miha is involved in many other international educational projects such as International Philosophy Olympiad and International Public Policy Forum. He is a philosopher and sociologist currently involved into projects connected with renewing the philosophy programs for ethics in secondary schools and developing the debate methodology for the philosophy classes. In the past he held extra-curricular seminars at University of Ljubljana on the topics of modern political philosophy and ideology.
Shreya Agarwala - World Schools Debate Staff

Shreya Agarwala

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Shreya was a part of speech and debate since her freshman year, participating in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and World Schools Debate. Her junior 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 and 2017 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. Her team also reached quarterfinals at the 2018 Harvard Tournament. In Lincoln-Douglas Debate, she qualified for Nationals her sophomore year and broke at multiple national tournaments. She is now a sophomore at the University of Texas.
Ishan Bhatt - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Ishan Bhatt

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Ishan Bhatt has debated for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Mississippi for four years, participating primarily in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. As a competitor, he championed the 2018 National Speech and Debate Association National tournament and the 44th Harvard Invitational and Round Robin. Ishan also placed 2nd at the National Catholic Forensic League Nationals and 5th at the Tournament of Champions in 2018. In addition to his Lincoln-Douglas career, Ishan also is also a member of the USA Debate Team his senior year. He attended the Global Debate Symposium as a student and is excited to return as a staff member.
Michael Bole - Congressional Debate/World Schools Instructor

Michael Bole

Congressional Debate/World Schools Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Michael was the president of the Dreyfoos Speech and Debate team, as well as one of twelve members of the 2018-19 USA Debate team. In Congressional Debate, Michael championed the Florida State Tournament, was runner-up at the Tradition Round Robin, and placed at a variety of other national tournaments, including Yale (7th), Harvard (8th), and NCFL Nationals (10th). In addition to being ranked 8th in the nation by the National Speech and Debate Association, he made numerous other final round appearances, including Florida Blue Key and Nova Titan. In World Schools Debate, Michael placed as 4th speaker at the NSDA National Championship and was the captain of his district team, which ultimately finished fifth in the nation. As a member of the USA Debate team, he championed the Harvard-Westlake Debates, made it to finals of EurOpen 2018 (Germany) and Winter Holidays Open 2018 (Croatia), in addition to placing third at the Cornell, Harvard, and the Greenhill Fall Classic Worlds Schools tournaments. Outside of debate, he was also involved in Student Government, Yearbook, and several community service projects. As a GDS Alum, Michael is excited to return as part of the staff to train the next generation of debaters!
Maddie Butler - World Schools Debate Staff

Maddie Butler

World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Maddie has debated in Congressional Debate and World Schools Debate as a member of the Fishers High School Speech and Debate team in Indiana for the past four years, where she has served as Team President. Additionally, she is honored to have debated as a representative of the United States on both Team USA and the Team USA Development Team, both of which are sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association. Her local competitive success includes 2018 and 2019 State Championship titles in World Schools Debate and a State Championship title in Discussion through the Indiana High School Forensics Association. Nationally, Maddie has reached the semi-final round in the Senate of Congressional Debate for the past two years and has won the Harvard-Westlake and Blake School World Schools Debate Tournaments. When not debating, Maddie organizes fundraisers to increase the accessibility of education in Nepal, competes in the civic education program We the People, and served as a delegate to Girls Nation. Maddie is grateful for this opportunity to both give back to the debate community through coaching and to continue to learn from her peers and coaches.
Vishan Chaudhary - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Vishan Chaudhary

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Vishan has debated for Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, CA, for 5 years, attending the TOC 3 times and accumulating 9 career bids to date. As a debater, he has championed the USC Debate Tournament, the Peninsula Invitational, the Harvard-Westlake Round Robin, and the Stanford Invitational, as well as reaching Semifinals of Greenhill and Quarters of the Glenbrooks Invitational. A 2-time GDS alum, he is excited to return as a staff member.
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.
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 currently coaches Greenhill and is a junior at Northwestern University. Bennett was on the coaching staff that aided a student in championing Grapevine, St. Marks, Apple Valley, Harvard Westlake, The Harvard Westlake Round Robin, The College Prep Round Robin, The National Debate Coaches Association Championships, and the Tournament of Champions. He has taught at GDS for three summers (2016-2018) and is excited to be back!
Chris Eckert - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Chris Eckert

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Chris Eckert has debated for Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas for 4 years. Next fall, he will be joining the debate team at the University of Kentucky. During his time at Greenhill, Chris has won five octafinals bid tournaments, the Southern Bell Forum, Blake, Glenbrooks, St. Marks, and Emory/The Barkley Forum for High Schools. He's also appeared in the finals of Pinecrest, and Meadows. In his junior year, Chris was top speaker, and semifinalist at the National Debate Coaches Association Championship. In the same year, Chris acquired 9 bids to the Tournament of Champions, which he attended, and made it to quarterfinals after being undefeated, and top seed, after preliminary rounds. He has qualified for the Tournament of Champions three times, amassing 17 bids in total.
Connor Engel - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Connor Engel

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Connor is a rising junior and philosophy/political science double major at Williams College in Massachusetts. His junior year he won the Alta Silver and Black Tournament, and was in finals of USC. As a senior, he won first speaker at both the Greenhill Round Robin and Invitational Tournament, was a finalist of the Greenhill Round Robin as well as the Harvard Westlake Round Robin, placed 3rd at The Glenbrooks, and finished 5th at The California Invitational at US Berkeley. His students have championed the Newark Round Robin and have qualified to the TOC. He is a past student and teacher at GDS, and is incredibly excited to return for a second summer.
Emily Grantham - World Schools Instructor

Emily Grantham

World Schools Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Emily is the co-president and a team captain of her school’s debate team and has been competing in speech and debate for four years on the state, national, and international level. A three time TFA State qualifier, Emily reached elimination rounds in Public Forum debate at the Texas state tournament her sophomore and junior year. Representing the East Texas District, Emily has qualified for NSDA Nationals three times, competing in finals of World Schools Debate her sophomore year, and championing the tournament as well as placing in the top 15 speakers her junior year. Her sophomore year, she was chosen as one of nine members of the inaugural USA Debate Development Team, and her junior and senior year, she was selected as a member of the USA Debate Team, contributing to the Rostrum - the magazine of the NSDA - and representing the USA in demo debates in Taiwan, Los Angeles, and at GDS. Notably, she reached semifinals at the Bluebonnet Invitational, the Winter Holidays Open in Zagreb, Croatia, and the EurOpen Tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Additionally, Emily was a finalist at the Cornell Tournament and championed the Greenhill and EurOpen Tournament. Her junior year, she was one of five members chosen to compete at the World Schools Debating Championship, where her team placed sixth in the world, and she ranked in the top 40 speakers. When she’s not debating, Emily is active in social justice organizations as the co-president of her school’s Gender Equality Club and as an officer of her school’s Young Democrats Club. A former student at GDS, she is excited to help others learn to do what she loves!
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.
Ranen Miao - Congressional Debate/World Schools Instructor

Ranen Miao

Congressional Debate/World Schools Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Ranen Miao is a senior from Millburn High School in New Jersey, where he serves as the President of his team. Domestically, Ranen primarily competes in Congressional Debate. He has championed the Glenbrooks Tournament, Princeton Invitational, Blake Tournament, Blake Round Robin, Ridge Debates, University of Pennsylvania Liberty Bell Classic, Harvard Invitational, and New Jersey State Tournament, along with placing in the top 8 at the Tournament of Champions, Bronx, National Catholic Forensic League Tournament two years in a row, and New Jersey states three years in a row. As a member of the USA Debate Team, Ranen championed the Greenhill Classic, Alfred Tuna Snider World Schools Debate Tournament at Cornell twice, the Harvard-Westlake Tournament, and the International Debate Tournament in Ljutomer, Slovenia. He also placed 3rd at the EurOpen Tournament in Stuttgart, Germany two years in a row. Ranen was a student at the Global Debate Symposium in 2018 and is thrilled to be returning as a part of the staff!
Anna Myers - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Anna Myers

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Anna Myers has competed in Lincoln Douglas debate at Greenhill School for four years. Anna won the Heart of Texas Invitational (2017) and the Grapevine Fall Classic (2018). She also made finals appearances at St. Marks (2018), Apple Valley (2018), and the Greenhill Round Robin (2018), finished second at the Glenbrooks Round Robin (2018), and finished third at National Debate Coaches Association Championship (2018) and Texas Forensics Association State Championship (2018). Her junior year, Anna cleared to elims at every national tournament she attended and qualified and cleared at the Tournament of Champions. Anna attended the Global Debate Symposium before her junior and senior year and is excited to as return in the summer of 2019.
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.
Rodrigo Paramo - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Rodrigo Paramo

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Rodrigo Paramo holds a B.A. in Literary Studies. He is a political consultant in San Antonio, and in his sixth year of coaching is now an assistant coach at the Greenhill School. His students have championed Grapevine, St. Mark's, Blake, Emory, and the TFA State Tournament, and have earned more than 50 bids to the Tournament of Champions. This will be Rodrigo's fifth year working at a summer institute, and his fourth teaching at GDS.
Spencer Paul - Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor

Spencer Paul

Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Spencer Paul competed in LD at Harvard-Westlake for 5 years, accumulating 12 bids, qualifying for TOC 3 times and reaching elimination rounds both his sophomore and junior year.
During his career, Spencer championed the Greenhill Fall Classic Invitational, the Debate LA Round Robin, and Stanford. As a junior, he was a finalist at the NDCA National Championship and the Harvard-Westlake Round Robin while clearing at every tournament he attended. His senior year, he reached late elimination rounds of most major tournaments. Next year, Spencer will study at Stanford University. As a two time alum, Spencer is excited to return to GDS as a staff member.
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.
Mihir Rai - Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff

Mihir Rai

Lincoln Douglas Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Mihir Rai debated for Greenhill School in Dallas, TX for 4 years, primarily in LD debate. During his senior year, Mihir has championed the Grapevine Classic and reached deep elims of tournaments such as Quarterfinals of Apple Valley, Quarterfinals of The Glenbrooks, and placed third at the Greenhill Round Robin. Since his junior year, Mihir has cleared at every national circuit tournament he has attended. He has amassed 5 bids to the TOC in his junior and senior years, clearing at the TOC his junior year. Mihir has attended GDS 3 years in a row and credits much of his success to the camp.
Claudia Riberia - Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor

Claudia Riberia

Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Claudia debated at Katy Taylor High School in LD and is a student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in International Relations and Global Studies. Claudia competed locally and nationally, having success on both circuits. She qualified for the TFA State tournament, NSDA Nationals twice in World Schools debate where she reached to quarterfinals her junior year, and competed in outrounds of many circuit tournaments. Claudia has experience coaching high school debaters in CX and LD. Her debaters have cleared at numerous national circuit tournaments, round robins, NSDA Nationals, TFA, and qualify to the TOC. She is incredibly excited to work and share her knowledge at GDS.
Bailey Rung - Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor

Bailey Rung

Lincoln Douglas Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Bailey is the LD coach at Ridge HS (NJ), and assists with policy. Bailey’s students have placed highly at tournaments throughout the northeast, won multiple consecutive New Jersey state championships, attended the Tournament of Champions, and participated in deep out rounds at NSDA and NCFL including a 3rd place finish at each. Bailey competed in NFA-LD at Western Kentucky University, where he closed out the final rounds of the 2017 NFA and 2018 PKD national tournaments in addition to placing in several national final rounds of Extemp and Impromptu. Before that he competed successfully at Blaine HS (MN) in Extemp and Congress, among other events. Bailey has focused primarily on debating simulated policy-making and continental philosophy while competing and coaching. Bailey will graduate from WKU with B.A. in Communication Studies in May 2019 and hopes to pursue a career in journalism. In his free time, Bailey enjoys reading Hegel and watching old Science Fiction movies.
Leila Saklou - World Schools Debate Instructor

Leila Saklou

World Schools Debate Instructor - GDS Debate Camp

Leila has been an active member in debate for four years and is the co-president/team captain for her high school’s debate team. She has competed on the state, national, and international level. A three-time TFA State qualifier and elimination round participant in Public Forum debate at the Texas state tournament. Additionally, Leila has qualified for NSDA Nationals in the East Texas District three times, she was a finalist in World Schools Debate her sophomore year and championed the tournament her junior year. After spending her sophomore year as one of the nine representing USA Debate Development Team, she was selected as a member of the USA Debate Team, where she would final at numerous tournaments such as the Greenhill Fall Classic in Texas, Cornell Tournament in New York, EurOpen in Germany, and Winter Holiday Open in Croatia. During her junior year, Leila had the privilege to represent the United States at the World Schools Debating Championship, where her team took sixth place worldwide, and she ranked among the top 30 speakers. Outside of debate, Leila performs Dramatic Interpretation pieces in French at the Texas State French Symposium and coordinates fundraising for the Global Soap Project, an organization aimed at distributing hygiene products to low-income areas to avoid easily-preventable diseases.
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.
Lee Thach - Instructor - "K Lab"

Lee Thach

Instructor - "K Lab" - GDS Debate Camp

Lee Thach is a Graduate Assistant Policy Coach for CSU Fullerton, Policy Debate Coach for University High School (CA), and Lincoln Douglas & Public Forum Instructor for CL Education. Lee debated for CSU Fullerton, where he earned a BA in Philosophy and is now pursuing an MA in Communication. His academic interests include Postmodernism, Critical Theory, & Postcolonial Theory.
Luke Tillitski - Instructor Congressional Debate and World Schools

Luke Tillitski

Instructor Congressional Debate and World Schools - GDS Debate Camp

Luke Tillitski is a senior at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his first three years of high school, he spent the majority of his time competing in Congressional Debate. Most notably, Luke is the 2018 NSDA national champion in Congressional Debate - Senate. He has won five other national tournaments (Glenbrooks, Crestian, Crestian Round Robin, Blue Key Round Robin, and Durham Academy) in addition to placing in the top seven at several others, including the Tournament of Champions, Harvard, Emory, Blake, the Blake Round Robin, Bronx, and the Bronx Round Robin. In his career, Luke has amassed 16 total bids to the Tournament of Champions and has been ranked as highly as #1 in the country by DebateRankings.com. In his senior year, as one of twelve members of the NSDA selected for the USA National Team, Luke has primarily focused on World Schools Debate. On Team USA, Luke’s teams have placed second at Greenhill and EurOpen in Stuttgart, Germany. Individually, Luke was the second highest rated speaker at EurOpen. Being one of two delegates from the state of North Carolina selected for the United States Senate Youth Program and holding the office of senior class president, Luke is eager to lead and serve. He can’t wait for an amazing summer teaching World Schools and Congress at GDS.
Brian Zhou - Lincoln Douglas/World Schools Debate Staff

Brian Zhou

Lincoln Douglas/World Schools Debate Staff - GDS Debate Camp

Brian debated in Lincoln Douglas at Greenhill School for 4 years and in World Schools as a two-time member of the USA Debate Team. Brian is a two-time National Champion as he closed out the final round of the Woodward Novice and Junior Varsity National Championships as a sophomore and as a junior in Lincoln Douglas Debate, he was the champion of the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Kentucky! In World Schools Debate, Brian won Greenhill and Harvard Westlake, placed 2nd in the Germany EurOpen Invitational in 2018, and reached quarterfinals at Harvard, Croatia, and Slovenia. As a former GDS student, Brian looks forward to sharing his knowledge and love for debate this summer in both the Lincoln Douglas and World Schools divisions. Brian will be attending Harvard University in the 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.