New Additions to the Staff will be added soon!
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 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 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 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.
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!
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 is rising junior and philosophy/political science double major at Williams College in Massachusetts.In previous years he has coached numerous debaters and judged at many circuit tournaments. 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. He is a past student and teacher at GDS, and is incredibly excited to return for a second summer.
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!
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.
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 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 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 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, and New Jersey State Tournament, along with placing in the top 8 at the Tournament of Champions, UPenn Liberty Bell Classic, 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, and 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 holds a B.A. in Literary Studies. Since graduating, he worked as a political consultant during the 2018 elections and in his sixth year of coaching is now an assistant coach at Greenhill School. His students have championed St. Mark's, Grapevine, and the TFA State Championship, and have earned more than 40 bids to the Tournament of Champions.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.