Hall of Fame

We are proud of our coaches, campers, and privately coached students who have achieved top placements in state, regional and national championships. Click the corresponding link to who was inducted.

Policy Debate

Sclater/Thompson – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 SC March Mixer

Maniscalo/Mirasola – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 TX March Mixer

Hill/Maniscalo – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 TX March Mixer

Black/Storz – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 PA March Mixer

Lux/(Magness) – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 Tulas (OK) qualifier

Martinez/Martinez – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 Brenham (TX) qualifier

Hill/Maniscalo – 3rd place Team Policy, 2018 Brenham (TX) qualifier

Sclater/Thompson – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Singer/Thompson – 3rd place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Anderson/Winter – 5th place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Lopez/Lopez – 6th place Team Policy, 2018 PA March Mixer

Foster/Howard – 6th place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Singer/Thompson – 5th place Team Policy, 2018 SC March Mixer

Bath/Foster – 6th place Team Policy, 2018 SC March Mixer

Chenault/Marchand – 7th place Team Policy, 2018 TX March Mixer

Wilson/Winburn – 7th place Team Policy, 2018 SC March Mixer

Agarwalla/Patel – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 Spring Classic VFA Qualifier

Martinez/Martinez – 3rd place Team Policy, 2018 Spring Classic VFA Qualifier

Guo/Yan – 5th place Team Policy, 2018 Spring Classic VFA Qualifier

Maniscalo/Mirasola – 7th place Team Policy, 2018 Brenham (TX) qualifier

Wilson/Winburn – 3rd place Team Policy, 2018 Plant City (FL) qualifier

Sclater/Thompson – 4th place Team Policy, 2018 Plant City (FL) qualifier

Foster/Howard – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 WI National Open

Martinez/Martinez – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 SMU-VFA Qualifier

Erdner/Erdner – 3rd place Team Policy, 2017 SMU-VFA Qualifier

Csoros/Erdner – 4th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Jordana/Mirasola – 8th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Taylor/Wingard – 10th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Maniscalo/Maniscalo – 12th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Daley/Schvaneveldt – 13th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Sangray/van Dalen – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Region 3 Championship

Arman/(Cutrone) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 7 Championship

Babin/Savoie – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Sclater/Thompson – 3rd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Sclater/Wilson – 4th place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Lombardozzi/Lombardozzi – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

Jordana/Mirasola – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Lewisville (TX) Qualifier

Maniscalo/Maniscalo – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Lewisville (TX) Qualifier

Sclater/Wilson: 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Columbia (SC) Qualifier

Daley/Schvaneveldt: 3rd place TP, 2017 Columbia (SC) Qualifier

Maniscalo/Maniscalo – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Houston (TX) Qualifier

Jordana/Mirasola – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Houston (TX) Qualifier

Sclater/Wilson: 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier

Daley/Schvaneveldt: 2nd place TP, 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier

McAlister/Pendergrass: 3rd place TP, 2017 Kansas City Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass: 4th place TP, 2017 Kansas City Qualifier

Beagle/Fabin: 5th place TP, 2017 Kansas City Qualifier

Beagle/Fabin: 3rd TP, 2017 Nebraska qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass: 4th TP, 2017 Nebraska qualifier

McAllister/Pendergrass: 5th TP, 2017 Nebraska qualifier

Anastasi /Anastasi – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 PA Qualifier

Erdner/Lawless – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Brenham (TX) qualifier

Lombardozzi/Lombardozzi – 3rd place Team Policy, 2017 Brenham (TX) qualifier

Sclater/Thompson: 6th place Team Policy, 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Region V Championship

Taylor/Taylor – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 Region IV Championship

Sclater/Switzer – 5th place Team Policy, 2016 Region VIII Championship

Battles/(Hines) – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 OK Qualifier

Taylor/Taylor – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 OK Qualifier

Taylor/Taylor – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Allen,TX Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Omaha Qualifier

Batchelder/Batchelder – 4th place Team Policy, 2016 Omaha Qualifier

Sclater/Switzer – 3rd place Team Policy, 2016 Columbia, SC Qualifier

Battles/(Hines) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 CA National Open

Smith/Smith – 3rd place Team Policy, 2016 Nacogdoches, TX Qualifier

Ramsay/Ramsay – 4th place Team Policy, 2016 Nacogdoches, TX Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Lincoln, NE Qualifier

Cavanna/Chenault – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Wylie Qualifier

Lombardozzi/Srinivasan – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 Wylie Qualifier

Battles/(Hines) – 3rd place Team Policy, 2016 Wylie Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 MN Qualifier

Stewart/Stewart – 3rd place Team Policy, 2016 MN Qualifier

Smith/Smith – 4th place Team Policy, 2016 Spring, TX Qualifier

Sclater/Switzer – 4th place Team Policy, 2016 Marietta, GA Qualifier

Patton/Rogers – 5th place Team Policy, 2016 MN Qualifier

David/David- 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Patton/Rogers – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Landon/Pendergrass – 4th place Team Policy, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Sclater/Switzer – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 Boca Raton, FL Qualifier

Hare/Mirasola – 3rd place Team Policy, 2016 Brenham, TX Qualifier

Taylor/Taylor – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

David/Zitter – 6th place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

Patton/Rogers – 12th place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

Abbey Lovett – 1st place Team Policy speaker, 2015 National Championship

Burton/Chenault – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Hare/Mirasola – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Taylor/Taylor – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Hannah/David – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Region V Championship

Patton/Rogers – 5th place Team Policy, 2015 Region V Championship

Beaver/(Herring) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

Howard/Howard – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

LeDoux/Lovett – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

Bush/(Lee) – 5th place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

Fuhrmann/Fuhrmann – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Cavanna/Lombardozzi – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

McBride/Wesson – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Thonnard/(McFarlane) – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Conroe (TX) Qualifier

Ramsay/Ramsay – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Conroe, TX Qualifier

Foster/McReynolds – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Montgomery, AL Qualifier

LeDoux/Lovett – semifinalists Team Policy, 2015 Montgomery, AL Qualifier

Patton/Rogers – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 KS City Qualifier

David/Zitter – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 KS City Qualifier

Hannah David – 1st place Team Policy speaker, 2015 KS City Qualifier

Thonnard/(McFarlane) – 5th place Team Policy, 2015 TX State Championship

McBride/Wesson – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Frisco, TX Qualifier

Anderson/Cutrone – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Baton Rouge Qualifier

LeDoux/Lovett – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Baton Rouge Qualifier

Clarke/(Lee) – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Baton Rouge Qualifier

Beaver/(Herring) – 5th place Team Policy, 2015 Baton Rouge Qualifier

Foster/McReynolds – 6th place Team Policy, 2015 NC National Open

Patton/Rogers – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Minnesota Qualifier

Poythress/Poythress – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

LeDoux/Lovett – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

Beaver/(Herring) – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

Bath/Becker – 5th place Team Policy, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

John Urback – 1st place Team Policy, 2014 National Championship

Chris Hines – 1st place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Matt Rosa – 2nd place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Lauren Marchand – 7th place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Qualifying 6 of top 8 Region IV teams to the 2014 National Championship: Castro/Ruiz (3rd), Rosa/Warren (4th), Joyce/Woodall (5th), Cochran/Joyce (6th), Cavanna/Lombardozzi (7th), Britt/Britt (8th)

Hines/Marchand – 1st place 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier, 3rd place 2014 Wylie Qualifier

Lueken/McLean – 16th place Team Policy, 2014 National Championship

Gremillion/McReynolds – 1st place Team Policy, 2014 Birmingham Qualifier

Drees/Shoemaker – 3rd place Team Policy, 2014 Birmingham Qualifier

Foster/Lovett – 4th place Team Policy, 2014 Birmingham Qualifier

Joyce/Woodall – 2nd place Team Policy, 2014 Wylie Qualifier

Rosa/Warren – 1st place Team Policy, 2014 MN National Open, 2014 Houston Qualifier, 2014 Pasadena Qualifier

Pearson/Russell – 1st place Team Policy, 2014 Mars Hill Match

Gremillion/McReynolds – 6th place Team Policy 2014 NC National Open, 4th place Team Policy 2014 Mars Hill Match

Cochran/Joyce – 2nd place Team Policy, 2014 Austin Qualifier

Fuhrmann/Webster – 3rd place Team Policy, 2014 Austin Qualifier

Pearson/Russell – 4th place Team Policy, 2014 Capital City Classic

Riojas/Riojas – 2nd place Team Policy, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Joyce/Woodall – 3rd place Team Policy, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Erdner/Erdner – 4th place Team Policy, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Cavanna/Kleiner – 3rd place Team Policy, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Hines/Warren – 1st place Team Policy, 2013 Region IV Championship

Rosa/Rosa – 5th place Team Policy, 2013 Region IV Championship

Rosa/Rosa – 1st place Team Policy, 2013 TX State Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 2nd place Team Policy, 2013 TX State Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 5th place Team Policy 2012 National Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 1st place 2012 Region IV Championship, 1st place 2012 State Championship

DeBellevue/Hines – 2nd place Team Policy, 2012 Region IV Championship

Castro/Warren – 3rd place Team Policy, 2012 Region IV Championship

Alex Ortiz – 3rd place, 2012 UIL State Championship

Burton/Saulsberry – 2nd place Team Policy, 2011 Region IV Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 3rd place Team Policy, 2011 Region IV Championship

Hanson/Petri – 5th place Team Policy, 2011 Region IV Championship

Cromer/Patel – 4th place Team Policy, 2010 Region IV Championship

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Timothy Smith – 1st place LD, 2018 TX March Mixer

Matthew Schreiner – 2nd place LD, 2018 PA March Mixer

Evan Lombardozzi – 2nd place LD, 2018 Tulsa (OK) qualifier

Joseph Phillips – 2nd place LD, 2018 NC National Open

Callie Mayer – 3rd Place LD, 2018 Cleveland (TN) March Mixer

Madeline Cutrone – 4th Place LD, 2018 Cleveland (TN) March Mixer

Peter Montgomery – 4th Place LD, 2018 Wisconsin National Open

Valerie Jones – 3rd Place LD, 2018 Brehnam (TX) Qualifier

Taylor Walters – 5th Place LD, 2018 Cincinnati (OH) March Mixer

Temi Fayiga – 5th Place LD, 2018 WA March Mixer

Joseph Phillips – 6th Place LD, 2018 Brehnam (TX) Qualifier

Jonah Foster – 7th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Ellis Riojas – 8th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Hope Turner – 11th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Noah Foster – 1st place LD, 2017 Region VII Championship

Danielle Larson – 5th place LD, 2017 Region V Championship

Austin Walters – 6th place LD, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Adith Srinivasan – 1st place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

Ben Olin – 2nd place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

Ben Thompson – 2nd place LD, Columbia (SC) Qualifier

Danielle Larson – 1st place LD, 2017 Kansas City Qualifier

Andria Holt – 1st place LD, 2017  Savannah Qualifier

Austin Walters – 2nd place LD, 2017 Savannah Qualifier

Ellis Riojas – 2nd place LD, 2017 Conroe qualifier

Cailin Chenault – 3rd place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

Ben Olin – 4th place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

Kaylee Dodson – 4th place LD, Savannah Qualifier

Ellis Riojas – 3rd place LD, 2017 Brenham qualifier

Luke Miller – 3rd place LD, 2017 Fargo Shanley Tournament

Matthew Schreiner – 2nd place LD speaker, PA Qualifier

Shelby Britt – 2nd place LD, 2016 National Champship

Isaiah Patton – 12th place LD, 2016 National Championship

Isaiah Patton – 1st place LD, 2016 Region V Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Audrey Lindstrom – 3rd place LD, 2016 Region V Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Mattie Winburn – 4th place LD, 2016 Region VIII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Danielle Larson – 5th place LD, 2016 Region V Championship (qualified to Nationals)

David Muse – 2nd place LD, 2016 OK Qualifier

Raphael Cavanna – 1st place LD, 2016 OK National Open (qualified to Nationals)

Noah Lombardozzi – 1st place LD, 2016 Allen, TX Qualifier

Shelby Britt – 1st place LD, 2016 Nacogdoches, TX Qualifier

Taylor Belyeu – 1st place LD, 2016 Winter Park, FL Qualifier

Riya Mohan – 1st place novice LD, 2016 Berker HS Tournament

Nicholas Schmidt – 3rd place LD, 2016 Omaha Qualifier

Elliott Timm – 4th place LD, 2016 Omaha Qualifier

Raphael Cavanna – 1st place LD and 1st place LD speaker, 2016 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Nicholas Schmidt – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 MN Qualifier

Matti Winburn – 3rd place LD, 2016 Columbia, SC Qualifier

Catherine McBride – 3rd place LD, 2016 Centennial State Tournament, CO

Beth Traw, 1st Place LD, 2016 NE Qualifer

Pierce Gerber – 3rd place LD, 2016 St. Pete, FL Qualifier

Beth Traw – 1st place LD, 2016 Lincoln, NE Qualifier

Mary Montgomery – 7th place LD, 2016 NE Qualifier

Shelby Britt – 3rd place LD, 2016 Spring, TX Qualifier

Caleb Spake – 4th place LD, 2016 Spring, TX Qualifier

Isaiah Patton – 3rd place LD and 1st place LD speaker, 2016 MN Qualifier

Liza Rogers – 4th place LD and 2nd place LD speaker, 2016 MN Qualifier

Cameron Diao – 2nd Place LD, 2016 Mayde Creek High School Tournament

Isaiah Patton – 1st place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Danielle Larson – 2nd place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Elliot Timm – 3rd place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Paul Lindstrom – 4th place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Liam Elder – 5th place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Brandon Kuhl – 6th place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Liza Rogers – 7th place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Gabriella Wenzel – 8th place LD, 2016 Kansas City Qualifier

Raphael Cavanna – 2nd place LD, 2016 Brenham, TX Qualifier

Trace Gerber – 4th place LD, 2016 Boca Raton, FL Qualifier

Kristin Trainer – 5th place LD, 2016 Boca Raton, FL Qualifier

Cameron Diao – 7th Place LD Katy, 2016 TX High School Tournament

Catherine McBride – 9th place LD, 2016 Arkansas Diamond Qualifier

Grayson Logue – 2nd place LD, 2015 National Championship

Jozef Soja – 3rd place LD, 9th place LD speaker, 2015 National Championship

Christine David – 9th place LD, 2015 National Championship

Matt Rosa – 8th place LD speaker, 2015 National Championship

Lisa Scott – 2nd place LD, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Matt Rosa – 3rd place LD, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Bailey Fox – 5th place LD, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Raven Battles – 6th place LD, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Ben Absher – 1st place LD, 2015 Region VII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Chris Absher – 4th place LD, 2015 Region VII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

James Lewis – 5th place LD, 2015 Region VII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Beth Traw – 4th place LD, 2015 Region V Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Taylor Belyeu – 4th place LD, 2015 Region VIII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Nathaniel Spencer – 6th place LD, 2015 Region VIII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Kristin Trainer – 9th place LD, 2015 Region VIII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Kristin Trainer – 1st place LD, 2015 Jonesboro Qualifier

Taylor Belyeu – 2nd place LD, 2015 Jonesboro Qualifier

Skylar Babin – 3rd place LD, 2015 Jonesboro Qualifier

John Cavanna – 1st place LD, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Matt Rosa – 2nd place LD, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Raven Battles – 3rd place LD, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Lisa Scott – 3rd place LD, 2015 Idaho National Open (qualified to Nationals)

Katie Martin – 1st place LD, 2015 Montgomery, AL Qualifier

Will Hudson – semifinalist LD, 2015 Montgomery, AL Qualifier

Jozef Soja – 2nd place LD, 2015 MA National Open (qualified to Nationals)

Grayson Logue – 4th place LD, 2015 MA National Open

John Cavanna – 1st place LD, 2015 Frisco, TX Qualifier

Luke Woodcock – 2nd place LD speaker, 2015 Frisco Qualifier

Raven Battles – 5th place LD, 2015 Frisco, TX Qualifier

Frank Zhu – 1st place LD, 2015 OH State Tournament

Isaiah Patton – 1st place LD, 2015 KS City Qualifier

Christine David – 3rd place LD, 2015 KS City Qualifier

Kristin Trainer – 3rd place LD and 5th place LD speaker, 2015 FL Bradenton Qualifier

Liza Rogers – 4th place LD, 2015 Des Moines Qualifier

Noah Foster – 2nd place LD, 2015 Baton Rouge Qualifier

Noah Foster – 1st place LD, 2015 NC National Open

Christine David – 1st place LD, 2015 MN Qualifier

Matt Rosa – 1st place LD, 2015 OK Qualifier

Raven Battles – 4th place LD, 2015 OK Qualifier

Ben Absher – 1st place LD, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

Chris Absher – 1st place LD speaker, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

Will Vest – semi-finalist in LD, 2015 Memphis Qualifier

Christine David – 1st place LD, 2015 MN Qualifier

Isaiah Patton – 3rd place LD, 2015 MN Qualifier

Jozef Soja – 1st place LD speaker, 5th place LD, 2015 Central SC Qualifier

Taylor Belyeu – 2nd place LD, 2015 Central SC Qualifier

Ben Absher – 1st place LD speaker 2014 National Championship, 3rd place LD 2014 MN National Open, 1st place 2014 Birmingham Qualifier

Lisa Scott – 9th place LD speaker 2014 National Championship, 1st place LD 2014 Region IV Championship

Caleb Scott – 3rd place LD, 2014 Region IV Championship

Chris Absher – 1st place LD 2014 NC National Open, 2nd place 2014 Mars Hill Match

Cody Dedon – 4th place LD, 2014 NC National Open

Tyler Belyeu – 1st place LD, 2014 Jonesboro Qualifier

Daniel Tyrell – 2nd place LD, 2014 Jonesboro Qualifier

Claire Atwood – 3rd place 2014 Region VIII Championship, 3rd place 2014 Jonesboro Qualifier

Abigail Malone – 10th place LD speaker 2014 National Championship, 3rd place LD 2014 Wylie Qualifier

Francis Cavanna – 4th place LD, 2014 Wylie Qualifier

Ben Absher – 1st place LD, 2014 Mars Hill Match

Claire Atwood – 1st place LD, 2014 Midland Carolina Qualifier

Samuel Tyrrell – 2nd place LD, 2014 Midland Carolina Qualifier

Tyler Belyeu – 3rd place LD, 2014 Midland Carolina Qualifier

Rachel Seldenrust – 2nd place LD, 2014 Pasadena Qualifier

Trent Taylor – 3rd place LD, 2014 Pasadena Qualifier

Ben Absher – 2nd place LD, 2014 Montgomery Qualifier

Abigail Malone – 1st place LD, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Nathaniel Mullins – 1st place LD, 2014 Jacksonville Qualifier

Taylor Belyeu – 2nd place LD, 2014 Jacksonville Qualifier

Rachel Seldenrust – 1st place LD, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Avery Robinson – 1st place LD, 2014 South Carolina Qualifier

Jared Smith – 3rd place LD, 2014 Austin, TX Qualifier

Morgan Lennon – 2nd place LD, PA State Championship (NFL National qualifier)

Michael DeBellevue –3rd Place LD, 2013 Boston National Open

Justin Manchester – 2nd place LD, 2013 Region IV Championship

Elsa Castro – 2nd place LD, 2013 National Championship

Justin Manchester – 3rd place LD, 2013 National Championship

Mollie Master – 6th place LD, 2013 Region IV Championship

Elsa Castro – 2nd place LD, 2013 State Championship

Lauren Marchand – 3rd place LD, 2013 State Championship

Hannah Vesceri – 4th place LD, 2013 State Championship

Morgan Lennon – 1st place LD, 2013 District competition

Michael DeBellevue – 3rd place LD, 2013 AL National Open

Abigail Malone – 4th place LD, 2013 AL National Open

Tyler Burton – 1st place LD, 2012 National Championship

Morgan Saulsberry – 2nd place LD, 2012 Region IV Championship

Tyler Burton – 3rd place LD, 2012 Region IV Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 5th place LD, 2012 Region IV Championship

Naomi D’Amato – 1st place LD, 2012 Houston, TX Qualifier

Walker Martin – 5th place LD, 2011 Region IV Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place LD, 2010 National Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place LD speaker, 2009 National Championship

Samantha Nasser – 3rd place LD, 2008 National Championship

Speech

Graham Sclater – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier

Graham Sclater – 1st place Impromptu, 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier

Peter Wolf – 1st place Extemporaneous speaking, 2017 New London CT Qualifier

Noah Lombardozzi – 2nd place Extemporaneous speaking, 8th place in Sweepstakes, 2016 National Championship

Olivia Rogers – 3rd place Extemporaneous speaking, 2016 National Championship

Cailin Chenault – 3rd place Apologetics, 5th in Biographical Narrative, 13th in Impromptu, and 7th in Sweepstakes, 2016 National Championship

Caleb Cummings -7th place Persuasive speaking, quarterfinalist in Impromptu and Open Interpretation, 2016 National Championship

Kristin Trainer – 6th place Apologetics, 2016 National Championship

Mattie Winburn – 8th place Open Interpretation, 2016 National Championship

Wilson/Winburn – quarterfinalists, 2016 National Championship

Wilson/Winburn – 1st place Duo, 2016 Region VIII Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Wilson/Winburn – 1st place Duo, 2016 Jonesboro qualifier

Mary Montgomery – 1st place Informative, 2016 NE Qualifier

Cailin Chenault – 1st place Persuasive, 1st place Impromptu, 3rd place Apologetics, 1st place IE sweepstakes, 2016 Wylie, TX qualifier

Caleb Cummings – 1st place Apologetics & 2nd place Persuasive & 2nd place IE sweepstakes, 2016 Wylie, TX qualifier

Margaret Thonnard – 1st place Impromptu speaking, 2nd place Extemporaneous speaking, 2016 Spring, TX qualifier

Kristin Trainer – 1st place Impromptu & Apologetics, 2016 Boca Raton, FL Qualifier

Trace Gerber – 3rd place Informative, 2016 Boca Raton, FL Qualifier

Catherine McBride – 6th place Persuasive, 2016 Centennial State Tournament, CO

Andrew Roman – 1st place Duo, 2015 Region IV Championship

Matt Rosa – 1st place Extemporaneous, 3rd place Persuasive, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

John Cavanna – 3rd place Impromptu, 4th place Extemporaneous, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Lisa Scott – 1st place After Dinner Speaking, 3rd place Apologetics, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

(Brooks)/Roman – 1st place Duo, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Cailin Chenault – 2nd place Apologetics, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Michael Patton – 1st place Informative, 2015 Region IV Championship (qualified to Nationals)

Matt Rosa – 1st place Persuasive, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Noah Lombardozzi – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Impromptu – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Lisa Scott – 3rd place Apologetics, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Margaret Thonnard – 1st place Impromptu, 2015 Conroe Qualifier

Andrew Roman – 3rd place Duo, 6th place Persuasive, 2015 Wylie (TX) Qualifier

Caleb Cummings – 5th place Persuasive, 2015 Wylie, TX Qualifier

Justin Trainer – 1st place Humorous interp, 2015 FL Bradenton Qualifier

Margaret Thonnard – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2015 TX State Championship

Margaret Thonnard – 2nd place Apologetics, 2015 Texas State Championship

Kristin Trainer – 2nd place Apologetics, 6th place After Dinner speaking, 2015 FL Bradenton Qualifier

Jaden Warren – 1st place Impromptu, 2014 NC National Open

James Russell – 2nd place Extemporaneous, 2014 NC National Open

Cesar Ruiz – 1st place Thematic, 2014 Pasadena Qualifier

Cesar Ruiz – 1st place Extemp, 2014 Pasadena Qualifier

Andrew Roman – 6th place Duo, 2014 Region IV Championship

Margaret Thonnard – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2014 Houston Qualifier

Lauren A. Houchin – 1st place Apologetics, 2014 Upstate Carolina Qualifier

Lauren A. Houchin – 4th place Impromptu, 2014 Upstate Carolina Qualifier

Abigail Erdner – 6th place in Persuasive, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Datiya Erdner – 5th place in Informative, 2014 Oklahoma Qualifier

Abigail Malone – 1st place Thematic, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Abigail Malone – 1st place Persuasive, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Elsa Castro – 2nd Place Apologetics, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Elsa Castro – 3rd place Persuasive, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Jaden Warren – 3rd place Extemp, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Jaden Warren – 2nd place Illustrated, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Tristan Amaya – 4th place Informative Speaking, 2014 Frisco Qualifier

Annaleise Weir – 1st place Impromptu, 2013 National Championship

Annaleise Weir – 1st place Apologetics, 2013 Regional Championship

James Russell – 1st place Impromptu, 2013 Region VII Championship

Lauren Long – 1st place Biographical Narrative, 2013 Montana Qualifier

Lauren Long – 2nd place Illustrated Oratory, 2013 Montana Qualifier

Natalia Ruiz – Sweepstakes Champion, 2012 Regional Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 2nd place Extemp, 2012 Regional Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 4th place DUO, 2012 Regional Championship

Jonathan Willing – 1st place Illustrated Oratory, 2012 Regional Championship

Zachary Rosa – 1st place Impromptu, 2012 Regional Championship

Daniel Jenkins – 1st place Apologetics, 2012 Texas State Championship

Daniel Jenkins – 2nd place Extemporaneous, 2012 Texas State Championship

Brad Johnson – 3rd place Extemporaneous, 2011 National Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 1st place Apologetics, 2011 Regional Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 1st place Impromptu, 2011 Regional Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 1st place Original Oratory, 2011 Regional Championship

Cesar Ruiz – 3rd place Humorous Interp, 2011 Regional Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place Apologetics, 2010 State Championship

Natalia Ruiz – 1st place Dramatic Interp, 2009 National Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place Extemporaneous, 2009 State Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place Impromptu speaking, 2009 State Championship

Moot Court

Adam Gonzales – Best Respondent, 2013 Washington College of Law

Hannah Vecseri – Semi-Finalist, 2013 Washington College of Law

Thatcher Townsen – Quarter-Finalist, 2013 Washington College of Law

Greg Guggenmos – Octa-Finalist, 2013 Washington College of Law

Angelle Halvorson – Octa-Finalist, 2013 Washington College of Law

Brad Johnson – 2nd place Oralist, 2012 Washington College of Law

Brad Johnson – 1st place team, 2012 Duke University

Brad Johnson – 2nd place Oralist, 2012 Washington College of Law

Adam Nasser  Best Petitioner and Best Oralist, 2011 Washington College of Law

Adam Nasser – 1st place speaker, 2nd place team, 2011 Duke University

Testimonials

I absolutely enjoyed every moment of the Intro to Speech summer camp! I went from being a shy speaker who stuttered every sentence, to a confident public speaker who could balance her emotions and deliver an impactful speech. I discovered a new talent at camp, and I have continued to build upon it at speech club. I absolutely recommend going, as this camp has definitely changed my Public Speaking ability!

S. Dandu (TX)

I thought that there was a great balance of lectures and drills at the Extemporaneous camp. The lectures were concise and to the point and I also loved the tournament! It was a great experience! I was very nervous about it, but it stretched me. All the teachers and coaches were very welcoming.

Malia M. (TX)

It was amazing to watch my kids take personal responsibility over their assignments for Junior SpeechIntro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camp. I watched both of my boys work as a team with those they were partnered with. This was a life-changing experience for our entire family!

S. Marcin (FL)

I so enjoyed Apologetics camp. It was harder than I expected, but it boosted my confidence and taught me great tools for public speaking and apologetic arguments! The instructors were extremely encouraging, I can’t even describe how nice they are! I came away excited about Jesus and sharing Him with the world. Thank you so much!

Grayson B.

I had a great, fun time learning about speech at Junior Speech camp. I made some good new friends. I learned about the different types of speech and effective tips on how to make a good speech. It was a great camp!

A. Putera (TX)

I went to the Intermediate/Advanced LD camp last year and it prepared me for the competition season more than I could even fathom at the time. If you want to do well this year listen up and learn from the Nasser’s at camp!

Chris Absher
1st place LD, 2014 National Open

OUTSTANDING! You know how to do it. You set the bar high, but you gave both the Intro Team Policy and Advanced Team Policy students the tools to meet and even exceed the bar. I look forward to having my students do these camps again, and hopefully the Extemp camp as well!

J. Wolfe (PA)

Our family has used DFW Speech & Debate curriculum for more than 6 years, including the Speech, LD and TP editions, and for the last three years, the Team Policy Teacher’s Edition. As the Team Policy coach of our club, I believe there is no better way to prepare students for the challenges of understanding both the resolution as well as debate theory and practicum, than with this curriculum. With its dual track lessons, it is equally demanding for both novice and advanced debaters.  It is my number one resource for preparing our club debaters.

Chris Burton, TP Coach, Veritas Communications Club

Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp was executed with professionalism and precision. It provided a challenging atmosphere, yet the instructors consistently offered encouragement and assistance which made the students’ goals achievable.

J. Lee (GA)

My son enjoyed and learned a lot from the Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camps! They were a real confidence booster for him. He had the opportunity to work as a team, and experience such interesting topics. The camps were very well organized and run. Positive environment! Looking forward to many more such experiences!

A. Nair (TX)

We could not have asked for more in a Intro to Team Policy debate camp! My camper went from a hesitant and nervous 9th grader that I dragged to the camp, to a skilled and competitive debater with four rounds of debate under belt — all in three information packed days. The instructors accomplished this through their use of the evident fruits of the Spirit in their lives: love of the students, joy in teaching, patience, peace and calm, long suffering, kindness, skill and faithfulness. I heartily recommend this camp to any parent wanting to introduce their child to the world of debate.

Commissioner Cagle (TX)

The Intro to Team Policy camp was a unique and inspiring way for me to learn an entirely new style of debate! The instructors were fantastic! They each personally assisted the students through lectures, homework evaluation, and by answering any questions we had. I still cannot believe that after one day of training, I was able to debate in my first policy debate round. Thank you so much to all of the instructors and everyone who helped us. I learned so much during the three days of camp!

E. Savoie (FL)

DFW Speech & Debate offers excellent one-on-one coaching that pin-points your students strengths and weaknesses and helps them strive to achieve goals that they would not normally think they could achieve alone. I wish I had started coaching earlier for each of my older children. This is a life skill that your children will never outgrow.

Susan H.

I really, really enjoyed DFWSD summer camps. I was able to learn so much from the hands-on work we did in preparing debates and speeches. The student leaders were very encouraging, helpful, and insightful. Getting time to work in small groups with the reigning national champions was so exciting, and at the same time very educational. I loved the games that we played, and I noticed improvements in speaking and debating skills even as we played. The student leaders did a great job organizing and moderating those games! I will definitely be back for more!

K. Caroll (TX)

After 2 days of Intro to Speech camp, my daughter told me that she wants to pursue speech competition! I saw major improvement in her presentation and really couldn’t believe how much she improved!

J. Vasquez

I loved Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The instruction pertaining to the resolution was so informative and gave me a huge jump-start on the season. Also just having the accountability of an actual mini tournament helped me get done in three days what took me months last year. Now I have like the whole season in front of me for practice debating, more in-depth thorough research, and just sharpening everything up for competition! It makes me so excited to know how much camp forced me to get done before club has even started! Thanks so much!

C. Elliott (TX)
2nd place LD, 2017 Lewisville (TX) Qualifier

Thank you for creating your debate curriculum! It is very clear and user friendly. The strategies, homework ring, and templates are great. This is the best curriculum for strengthening advanced and teaching novice debaters that I have found.

Phyllis B., CA

Apologetics camp  was AMAZING! I am so glad I was able to attend, I learned so much about the depth an Apologetics speech can have. But more importantly, it helped me think through responses that I can use in real life situations with others.

B. Leines (TX)

DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp gave me a jump start on the year that has helped more than anything else. I would recommend it to any LD’er who wants to improve their debate performance.

Ben Absher
Pre-qualified in LD to 2014 National Championship

Private coaching with Matt Rosa has helped me tremendously! I had no idea what was going on at the beginning and was really overwhelmed. Coaching has helped me understand LD and has helped me to prepare for competition season. It has definitely given me a leg up on this year’s resolution.

Shelby B.
(2016 2nd place Lincoln Douglas champion)

My son was very reluctant to attend Intro to Speech camp, but he enjoyed it! He learned a lot and I am amazed to see a difference in his confidence when speaking to others after only two days of camp. Thank you for providing the opportunity for kids to learn and stretch themselves!

A. Sustala (TX)

We were initially hesitant about registering and traveling all the way from Austin to Coppell for the 2 day Junior Speech summer camp. However, it turned out to be best experience for my daughter and she totally loved it! It was worth every minute! While returning back from the 2 day camp, she said she enjoyed those 2 days as much as she enjoyed her recent trip to Disney. That made our day! Thank you DFW Speech & Debate for making it a memorable and great learning experience for my daughter. She can’t wait for the next camp!

S. Gutta (TX)

The Intro to Speech camp was a very effective use of our summertime! Both of my children grew in confidence, expressiveness in delivery and in communicating their points effectively.

K. Benson

I really enjoyed the whole Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp experience! I thought the staff team was very impressive. James Russell was particularly great, I thoroughly enjoyed the way he lectured. It was honestly a surprise to see him making faces and jumping around like he was having the time of his life. They were probably the most engaging lectures that I’ve ever been a part of. I think the material that was discussed and the way that we practiced it was very effective and I learned a whole lot in a very short amount of time. I will definitely be back to another camp and I would also recommend someone else to attend as well.

J. Lagrange

My kids had a great time at Junior Speech camp and learned valuable public speaking techniques. My daughter was very hesitant to attend camp at first, but she is glad that she was able to attend. Will definitely be back next summer!

L. Joseph (TX)

DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp and private coaching made a substantial impact on my career in debate. To learn and make progress you need skillful instruction, dedicated encouragement, and, most importantly, you need to be challenged. DFWSD, and Mrs. Nasser specifically, has provided all of these in a professional yet caring manner that reflects their deep knowledge and experience in teaching critical thinking. The instruction and coaching helped me to truly enjoy speech and debate, conquer an initial fear of public speaking, and get the most out of my experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Jozef Soja
3rd place LD, 2015 National Championship

My kids loved the Intro to Speech camp! I was pleasantly surprised that my son, who is normally very shy, couldn’t wait to go to camp each day and loved giving his speech in front of people. Both of my kids want to go back next year!

S. Walters (GA)

Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was amazing!!!! I left equipped for the season ahead.

J. Foster (LA)
7th place LD, 2017 National Championship

I could not ask for a better private coach than Justin Manchester. He has taken me further in LD debate than anyone has before. I know that if I complete the work that he has laid out for me, I can make it to Nationals. He has been amazing in helping me to grow my LD skills. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done. I hope that he will be coaching next year so that I can work with him again. He has stirred such an excitement in me for debate, my one regret is that I cannot spend more time on it. Thank you Justin, for teaching me so much in such a short amount of time.

Peter W.

I was privileged to be able to get started on the right track my first year of competitive speech at the DFWSD Intro to Speech camp!!! When I was first asked to give an impromptu speech, I asked myself how is that even possible! But the instructors were amazing and they helped me achieve so much. Thanks to their help, believe it or not, I advanced to the National Championship my first year and received 7th place Impromptu speaker! I highly recommend DFW Speech and Debate camps! They start you off on the right track and help you stay on it!!!

C. Cummings
7th place Impromptu, 2015 National Championship

I absolutely loved my experience at both the Extemporaneous and Intermediate/Advanced Lincoln Douglas camps. The instructors were fantastic and I learned a lot.

Adith S. (TX)
1st place LD, 2017 Dallas (TX) Qualifier

The NJ Intro/Intermediate Team Policy camp was a very informative, hands on experience! Great instructors and interesting lectures with breakout groups to apply them to. I definitely learned a lot and am looking forward to putting what I learned into practice this coming season.

A. Adragna (NJ)

First of all, thank you for letting the parents stay through the Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp; we do not get that opportunity very often. My son went in not knowing what he was getting into. After this power packed three days of debating experience, he is seriously looking into competing! Mrs. Nasser and all of the coaches were extremely devoted to making the camp worthwhile for each and every camper. My son came out of the camp with increased communication skills, confidence in public speaking, enhanced writing skills, researching skills, and higher self-confidence. I am very thankful to DFWSD for bringing this training to Tampa, and hope to see you here more frequently!

S. Chaplot (FL)

The Tampa Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was an amazing experience that taught and built up many LD skills that I never realized I was missing.

N. Cathcart (FL)

I had such an amazing time at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp and learned a lot! I feel like I now know what a strong affirmative case needs. I also learned how to find assumptions in the affirmative teams case as the negative, and how to debate with a strong thesis! I’m glad I attended the camp!! It definitely exceeded my expectations! Thanks!!

Aley O. (TX)

I loved the interactive lectures in Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, they were easy to follow and most helpful. The structure of the camp (lectures about techniques, followed with exercises/drills to practice them) created a perfect learning environment. It was impossible not to improve! The instructors were very committed to helping me improve, and I appreciated their attentiveness. Not only was this camp outstanding and challenging, but it was also very fun! Everything was absolutely faultless!

A. Schwensen (MO)

I want to let you know that your debate curriculum is amazing!  So far we are following it week by week and it literally covers everything.  Thank you for your labor of love.

Diana H. (Arete Speech & Debate club)

My son and I were impressed at how well organized the days at Intro to Lincoln Douglas camp were and how the information was laid out clearly for him. As first year competitors, we strongly recommend DFWSD camps to any family or club that wants to begin the year with a solid foundation in debate. What impressed me the most, is the joyful and patient attitude your leaders had. They never seemed too tired or distracted to answer a question that was probably asked for the 20th time this summer. We look forward to taking the Advanced LD camp next year! God Bless your ministry.

Mickey S. (FL)

The Intro to Team Policy camp was amazing!! I loved all of the leaders! They made the camp so much fun! When they judged our debate rounds and critiqued us after, they were not condescending, but encouraging. I liked the way the material was presented. It was taught in a way that was easy to understand and I wasn’t bored at all during the lectures. I also liked that the leaders made sure we were completely prepared to debate and if we had any questions, they answered all of them. I went to the camp on the first day knowing nothing at all about Team Policy debate and left the camp winning the 3rd place team award. The instructors definitely did a wonderful job teaching me!

K. Tucker

The Intro to Team Policy and Intermediate/Advanced LD camps helped prepare my children for a great year of debate.

D. Carleton (FL)

Intro to Team Policy camp was amazing and extremely helpful! I needed all the information we covered. The first day I knew nothing and by the last day I knew all about the US Federal Court System, research and finding evidence. I liked all the games we did to learn more about the resolution, speaking, and debate. I highly suggest this camp for all beginner debaters!!!

A. Ledoux (LA)

I attended DFWSD’s LD camp knowing absolutely nothing about Lincoln Douglas debate. I came out of it equipped with everything I needed to know to have a successful debate season. In three days I learned the structure of LD, how to construct my own cases based on solid affirmative and negative principles, and how to deconstruct others! DFW Speech & Debate’s training was crucial to my success this season!

Raphael Cavanna
1st place LD, 2016 OK National Open

Intro to Speech was a fantastic experience! The leaders and staff were very helpful, and I learned so much from them. I especially appreciated help in getting more into character during interp and the impromptu speaking coaching. I keep telling my mom that I can’t wait for school to start this year so I can compete in speech and debate!

C. McNamara (TX)

The Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was an incredible learning experience for me! The instructors explained the complicated philosophical ideas very comprehensively, while still allowing the students to come up with their own ideas as well, leaving lots of room for great discussion time to develop our thoughts. This camp gave me a great head start on understanding the resolution, what sort of cases I will likely come across, and how to effectively debunk faulty arguments pertaining to the resolution. I learned so much in just a few days time and can’t wait to implement everything that was discussed at camp this upcoming tournament season!

M. Montgomery
2nd place LD, 2017 Lincoln NE Qualifier

DFWSD debate coaching was instrumental in helping my partner and I improve our skills in true debate: thorough, logical analysis and real-word-impacting. In addition, our coach (Micah Bock) was not only instructional, but very encouraging to my brother and me! If you want to improve your debate skills beyond those of many TPers (who often simply recite evidence and opinions), I strongly encourage you to try DFWSD coaching!

S. Anastasi
(1st place 2016 PA Qualifier)

All of the Confidence in Communication camp instructors were very nice! I enjoyed both days, and all of the activities. Cody was a great leader! He made me feel comfortable from the first moment I arrived, even taught me a special new handshake! I really liked performing for the parents. I was so excited to win first place on my prepared speech! I can’t wait until I am old enough to join Speech club!

S. Crabtree (TX)

The Confidence in Communication camp was a wonderful experience for our 8yo boy! The presentation on the final day showed us how passionate the instructors were with helping the students learn to be bold and courageous in their communication. We are very thankful indeed and look forward to many years to come!

G. McMillan (TX)

Both of my kids received exactly what they needed at Intro to Speech camp, which were completely different things as it pertains to speech. One student needed motivation…and your excellent staff provided just what he needed to be inspired to continue with speech competition. My other student had the motivation, but needed feedback on ways to improve her overall speaking ability and how to select good material, etc. My kids spoke very highly of the camp instructors and the overall experience. Thank you for all you do for our future generations!

J. Sheppard (TX)

The Intro to Team Policy was a very well organized camp. I was amazed that all the participants stayed engaged from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. Wonderful to see kids fired up with confidence! I highly recommend this camp. I know my son will definitely look forward to participating again next year. Thank you to the team for the wonderful experience!

R. Singh (Parent, FL)

I was fortunate enough to attend the Intro to Team Policy Debate camp last summer. Team Policy debate seemed daunting at first, but the instructors did a great job of easing me into debate and preparing me very well for the season ahead. It was taught by amazing speakers and debaters who I enjoyed getting to know. Debate has been –  incredibly helpful for me—I feel like my speaking skills and confidence levels have increased this year. It has also helped me decide on a career path—I have wanted to be a lawyer for a while, but debate has made me even more sure I would enjoy this job. I continued coaching with Mrs. Nasser throughout the season which helped me immeasurably. Her coaching sessions helped me be well-prepared and confident before every tournament. I highly doubt I would have qualified to the National Championship in my first year of debate without her help!

Istra Fuhrmann
Nationally qualified her 1st year of debate

I was overwhelmingly impressed with every aspect of the Intro to Team Policy debate camp

C. Kirby (TX)

The DFWSD summer camps benefited me greatly by giving me a jump-start on the season ahead. They helped me understand the new topic (resolution) early-on, the history behind it and potential reforms to consider as cases. Overall, my 2 years in Debate has helped me develop solid critical-thinking skills. It has taught me to analyze why I believe what I believe and provide well-reasoned arguments to support my position. Mrs. Nasser’s coaching also helped me greatly because she made us analyze our opponent’s position, look at the mindset behind it, and show why the argument or mindset was faulty. This is skill will benefit me in every area of my life.

Jared Smith
(Nationally qualified debater)

My experience at Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy camps was more amazing than I could have imagined!! I would definitely recommend these camps to anyone who is wanting to start speech and debate or just want to try it out. The staff was amazing!! And it was super fun!! I can’t wait to start competing this year!!!

A. Alvarez (FL)

My son was very shy and lacked confidence presenting his class projects. He agreed to the Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy Debate summer camps only because his cousin was going. He was very impressed with the camp coaches, and how well they related with his age group. Now he is motivated to join the speech and debate club in Allen! I have seen a tremendous change in his confidence level and highly recommend these camps.

L. Reddy (TX)

Excellent camp! My daughter told me that out of all summer camps that she has ever attended, DFWSD’s Junior Speech camp was by far the best! I am not kidding. She loved how they promoted individual participation.

J. Iyer (TX)

DFWSD summer camps was a great experience for my kids! They have learned the right way to debate and deliver messages to others. It was a wonderful opportunity for my kids to explore the way to communication, do research for debate, and write speech. You are the best camp!

Yijin L (TX)

I very much enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp, especially learning the “NEG without a brief” process, and learning to link all arguments back to the standard/thesis.

E. Kee (MO)

The Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp instructors were amazing! I learned so much, and now have a great foundation to build on for this debate season!

 

W. Scheopner (NE)

I have been to several LD debate camps, but I always left feeling confused. After attending DFWSD’s LD camp, that changed – it all clicked. I finally understood the purpose of the value and criterion, and how to organize my arguments and impact them to the round. Their methods of teaching and instructing are hands-on and highly effective. I learned more in DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp than I had in my previous two years of debate. My understanding of LD has helped me place higher in competition than I ever have before, exceeding my personal goals! My only regret is that I didn’t go to a DFW debate camp sooner!!!

Kristin Trainer
2nd place LD, 2015 Anderson SC Qualifier

My son did very well at the Intro to Team Policy camp and learn an amazing amount of information. But what impressed me the most was his ability to debate 3 rounds after only 2 days of training. And you made it fun!

A. Voltarel (FL)

Many of my previous rounds of policy debate have been confused and scattered, due to the lack of a theses on both teams’ part. The easily applicable focus on “thesis debate” at Intermediate/Advanced TP camp is probably one of the single greatest impacts on how I feel about my competence in debate. Thank you very much to DFWSD and all of their staff!

Nathaniel B. (LA)
Double OctaFinalist, 2017 National Championship

I was absolutely impressed with the level of expertise as well as professionalism the coaches displayed at the Intro to Team Policy debate camp that my daughter attended in Austin. She knew nothing about TP Debate and your team taught her not just the fundamentals of debate, but actually coached her through three rounds of competition in just three days! I highly recommend DFW Speech & Debate! Thank you DFW Speech & Debate!

K. Coovrey (TX)

I cannot say enough good things about the Apologetics camp! The instructors hit it out of the ballpark!! The level to which she got the students to think was incredible! We will definitely attend next year!

Laurie W. (TX)

My daughter went into Intro to Speech camp quiet but she came out speaking boldly and confidently! She went in not sure about speech and at the end the camp it was all she talked about for days! I believe the camp brought out a side of her that she hadn’t seen before and things she didn’t know she was capable of doing. To see her blossom so quickly was awesome!

Gwen D (TX)

DFWSD Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp was 100% without a doubt completely worth my time and money! I enjoyed every minute of it, and learned so much! All of the instructors were extremely helpful and really seemed to care about making us better debaters and critical thinkers. This camp was a new challenge to me to think more deeply than I have had to in debate rounds before. The instructors made themselves very available to us, which was one of the most helpful parts of the camp. Each instructor, whether lecturing or discussing something one-on-one made me think, instead of thinking for me. They were able to tell us when we were on the right track in our thinking, and they were able to lead us to the right answer if we weren’t, without simply spelling it out to us. They gave us plenty of opportunity for questions, and they made sure we understood before teaching us something new. This camp has really inspired me to take my debating to a whole new level, and put even more time and effort into preparation for the competition season. This camp has inspired me beyond the bounds of competition season; it has made me want to strive for excellence in thinking and speaking outside of debate rounds as well!

Blythe Landon
1st place Team Policy, 2016 Region V Championship

I got an excellent start on the season at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, thanks to James Russell! He is an amazing debater and an even better coach. I learned the techniques necessary to have a successful year in debate!

Anna D. (TX)

I attended Intermediate/Advanced LD camp at the beginning of the season where the coaches equipped me with the tools and processes to establish sound principles and logic for my cases. The cases I ran at nationals rested on the affirmative and negative principles I learned at camp. Without the analytic aid provided by DFWSD, I doubt I could have experienced such a successful season!

Grayson Logue
2nd place LD, 2015 National Championship

Very pleased with the level of instruction received at Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The coaches were top notch, sharing their expertise and love of debate. Well worth the drive (over two hours round trip each day for us). Looking forward to the continued instruction via the curriculum this year. Thanks for all the hard work!

M. Taylor

My kids really enjoyed the Apologetics camp! They learned so much from Cesar Ruiz. We highly recommend this camp to everyone!

J. Trainer (FL)

Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy were both excellent camps! The leaders made speech fun, while also delving into the different categories and a lot of helpful instruction. In Team Policy, we were able to dig deeper into the resolution, and the leaders helped us to impact our arguments back to the standard/thesis. Overall, both were very helpful and really fun.

J. Doto (FL)

It was amazing! I learned so much at Intro to Speech camp! It has made me a better communicator and allowed me to come out of my shell. I have never had so much fun at a camp! The instructors were awesome and gave you good, honest feed back. Thank you so much for this experience!

M. deJong (TX)

You guys did a great job inspiring my child to want to participate in debate competition at the Intro to Team Policy debate camp. Sometimes debate seems overwhelming. Thanks for showing him that it can be done and be fun!

D. Goode (TX)

I didn’t know what to expect going in to the Intro to Team Policy debate camp. But after three days, my love for debate sky rocketed! I not only learned the history of US-China policy but how to debate the topic effectively. Overall my experience at this camp was incredible!

M. Ruiz (TX)

The instructors at Intro to Speech camp were really supportive and kind. I really came out of my box there. I was so scared to speak in front of everyone but I ended up really enjoyed it.

G. Brannon (TX)
We are thankful to the Nasser family for writing the Tools For Debate Curriculum. It is the first week by week curriculum that we have found, plus it has the added bonus of being resolution specific! It provides training on the fundamentals for new debaters, while being an excellent resource for our experienced debaters. DFW Speech & Debate also provided online debate coaching for our club through Skype. Through all their efforts, 3 students from our club won 3 of the 5 invitations in Lincoln Douglas to the 2013 National Championship and one finished 4th in the nation!
Lisa D. (Mars Hill Speech & Debate Club)

I loved Intro to Speech camp! It was really fun and I learned a lot! At the end of camp I wanted to do it again.

R. Sheikh (TX)

This past summer I was blessed with the opportunity of interning at multiple DFW Speech & Debate camps. Through this incredible experience, I was able to both hone my leadership skills and invest in the lives of hundreds of students. Using the Socratic method to teach principle-based debate has helped me tremendously as I have lead my Lincoln Douglas club this year. Learning to lead is always a good thing, but learning from some of the best debaters and teachers in the country was a truly awesome privilege. The staff was amazing and the other interns became some of my greatest friends in speech in debate. It was one of the best summers I have experienced and I cannot wait to come back this year.

N. Foster (LA)

I had an incredible experience at Intro to Speech camp! The instructors and coaches offered wonderful advice and support. I got out of my comfort zone which was very rewarding, and in 2 short days I learned key communication skills to help me to process information and convey it in a way that people will understand. Thank you so much!!

K. Robbins (TX)

Private coaching with James Russell has made our entire school year a success! Learning how to think and analyze is vital for learning and integrating knowledge in debate and in life. My son looks forward to every coaching session and always is happy after each coaching time because he has spent time learning how to think and being challenged. Thanks, James!!

Kara F.

This was my first year at Intro to Team Policy camp and I loved it!!! I walked in knowing nothing about debate and 3 days later walked out knowing more about debate than I ever dreamed of knowing. The teachers were great – kind, helpful and very encouraging. I enjoyed the games which helped with speaking in front of a crowd. Everyone should do this camp!

A. Gaspard (LA)

Amazing experience!!! We are just returning home from the Intro to Team Policy camp in Tampa. The drive home took about 5 hours and between napping and eating, the conversation kept going back to debate! The kids would remember something funny the instructors said/did as well as some great, “oh, now I see why!” moments. I really can’t say enough nice things about the instructors and their level of professionalism. They easily handled all the details while keeping the students engaged in the topic, even laughing. The instructors were very impressive and extremely encouraging to students! Everything focused on getting the kids comfortable speaking as well as giving them a sense of accomplishment. Our kids still can’t believe they started camp knowing nothing about debate and left the camp after competing in three full debates!! Thank you DFW Speech & debate!

A. Leverett (GA)

I was really happy to learn so much about US-China policy at the Intro to Team Policy camp, and was super impressed with the instructors. They were very enthusiastic and thorough.

S. Koch (TX)

My son learned a lot at Intro to Speech camp! The instructors were professional and effectively encouraged participation of the campers. They created a safe environment for learning with elements of fun. They provided simple achievable inputs and feedback that helped students incorporate and improve skills. I highly recommend this program. I will have my younger kids attend too.

M. Sreejit (TX)

Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp was an excellent starting point for the season! The coaches were well-versed in the resolution and debate theory, and motivated each student to do their best. Whether it was through sessions, breakout groups, or one-on-one case drills, I gained much through their expertise and am excited to start a great season on the right foot!

H. David
6th place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

Thank you for the work you have done to provide the Tools For Lincoln Douglas debate curriculum! Our Lincoln Douglas (LD) club got off to a somewhat rough start last fall. At Christmas time we lost our coach and almost quit for the year. I came across your curriculum when I listened to the NCFCA webinar on coaching debate, and immediately purchased it along with a couple of other resources. I spent much of Christmas break reading and learning and trying to understand LD. Your curriculum was the best! It was a life-saver to me, and I refer to it often. We have ended up with a successful season, and I feel I owe much of what I learned to you.

Maria R. (Rainmakers Club, Oregon)

I had no clue what to expect coming Intermediate/Advanced LD camp. Little did I know that I was in for one of the best experiences of my debate career! I learned more about Lincoln-Douglass debate in 3 days than I learned all year beforehand. The coaches were fantastic and really got everyone thinking on a deeper level than when we began. I loved that they taught us the process, so that the skills we learned will be applicable in the seasons to come. I will definitely be recommending this camp and organization to any of my peers who are looking to go far in debate! Thank you all for your time and dedication!

Cari R.

The Intro to LD camp was well worth the cost and time and effort to take part. Instructors were excellent in making the debate process easily understood. They were professional, very knowledgeable and made the whole camp very enjoyable. I was very impressed! I loved seeing one quiet young man particularly open up and “get it” after being helped to ask a question in CX. I highly recommend your camp! My son has a clear plan on how to prepare for the season. Thank you again!

A. Ford (FL)

Thank you for the great experience and training at Intermediate/Advanced LD. I went to camp ready to learn and prepare for the upcoming debate year. Thanks to DFWSD’s camp training, I got 3rd place at my first tournament, then 4th place at another tournament 2 weeks later, and ended up qualifying to the National Championship.

W. Hudson (AL)

I wanted to express my gratitude to you and your children for publishing the Tools for Debate curriculum! It has been a great asset in many ways, setting the pace and agenda for our weekly meetings, providing a thorough background in debate skills, and most importantly giving practical steps to help students grow in reasoning and thinking skills.  We just had our first round robin yesterday.  Our Regional coordinator and her son (our former coach) each commented on how well the rounds went.  They felt the students are much further along than they’ve ever been at this stage of the game. We believe the credit for that goes largely to Tools for Debate.

Julie S. (Baton Rouge Speech & Debate)

My daughter had a blast and learned so much at Junior Speech camp. Thank you for a great camp experience!

T. Reeves

The NJ Intermediate Team Policy camp was excellent! The speakers were all helpful, succinct, and on-point. The breakout sessions and drills were very useful for building skills. And, the debate rounds were an awesome experience. I would definitely attend any other programs organized by DFWSD, and would highly recommend this camp for anyone looking for a great foundation in Team Policy Debate.

A. Black (NJ)

I am so thankful I was able to attend DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp. The homework required before camp began was challenging, but it was necessary in order to effectively argue your affirmative case and to prepare to go negative against others. Each lecture given was helpful and well-explained, but I especially enjoyed the “Going Neg Without a Brief” lecture. I feel as if I was taught a brand new way to debate by thinking critically and using strategic methods to get your point across. All instructors/student leaders were welcoming and each portrayed a wonderful example of what it means to be a strong, effective debater while shining the light of Christ. If you desire to succeed and want to get a headstart on the resolution, I highly recommend this camp. I feel much more prepared for this year’s debate season as a result of the camp training, and I intend on coming back next summer!

T. Cavett

I loved Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! It was very well run, and had the perfect mix of debate theory and application of that theory. The leaders were extremely helpful, and created an atmosphere that encouraged discussion, focused on critical thinking, and changed how we thought about the resolution and Lincoln Douglas in general. I would like to thank everyone who was involved for all of their hard work. This camp was an incredible way to kick-start this upcoming competitive season!

M. Chapman (TX)

The Intro to Speech camp was an amazing time. I found it to be fun, knowledgeable and intriguing. I was astounded by the amazing and qualified teachers. I loved learning about the different types of speeches and I hope to attend again!

R. Balakrishnan (TX)

I had a fantastic time at Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp. I learned a ton about the resolution, and feel confident debating it. The leaders and instructors were very knowledgeable about cases, which helped in many ways. Their passion for helping us improve our debate skills was motivating. Thank you for putting together a phenomenal camp!

C. Chenault
2015 Regional Team Policy Champion, TX

The Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp was great! The leaders provided detailed information on the resolution and debate theory. They worked with us on creating a case and were available at anytime to talk and go over our case. I was especially pleased with the lectures on going negative, I learned how to make a brief and form a strategy that had a goal instead of blindly running arguments with no real goal in mind. I would highly recommend this camp to debaters looking to understand the resolution, form a solid case before the debate year starts, and grow in their knowledge of going negative!

D. Alcazar

I made it to semis in Lincoln Douglas at the 2014 NC National competition (with 152 LD competitors), with my AFF case that was based largely on what I learned at DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! The case was undefeated in elimination rounds – I went AFF four times in elim rounds and it won every time! THANK YOU SO MUCH DFWSD!

Cody Dedon
4th place LD, 2014 National Open

The training that my partner and I have received has helped me beyond words. I’ve gone to multiple different camps and have had sessions from multiple different coaches, yet nothing has compared to the instruction that I’ve received from DFW camps and coaching. Before, I had good speaking and persuasion skills but I lacked the ability to logically analyze and present arguments in a coherent manner. DFW helps you to look at the “why behind the what” like no one else does. I would recommend their camps to any debater who is looking to take their abilities to the next level!

M. Patton
(1st place Team Policy, 2015 KS & MN Qualifiers)

My children received excellent training at your Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy and Apologetics camps, and are much more confident and ready to begin the 2017-18 speech & debate season! The first aspect of your camp which I appreciate most is the level of professionalism projected by the leaders and expected of the students. The second aspect I appreciate is the lack of childish, time-filler games. I like your approach of giving them instruction and immediately allowing them to demonstrate what they are learning by putting them into tournament-like competitions. Your staff did an excellent job of integrating two leagues’ topics and yet specializing the training for their differing resolutions. We would definitely attend another camp offered by DFW Speech & Debate!

D. Jarboe (TX)

I absolutely loved Intro to Speech camp! My speech was transformed over two days and this led me to win 2nd place. The instructors and student leaders helped me become more confident in communicating my ideas. Thank you for your instruction and help!

S. Senthil (TX)

DFWSD private coaching sessions have been a powerful tool in preparing our team for the competitive season. The specifically tailored feedback, high academic standards, and challenging drills have been invaluable for building up our case and refining delivery and argumentation. DFWSD coaches understand what it takes to compete effectively on a national level, and have the experience and knowledge to take students to the highest level in meeting their goals.

Hannah D.

Intro to Lincoln Douglas debate camp was fantastic. I learned so much, and I feel prepared to start this debate year off with a bang. I thoroughly enjoyed constructing my Negative case and I came home with very helpful ballots. It was a great experience!

Abigail M
1st place LD at the 1st qualifying tournament in 2014

Intro to Team Policy debate camp was absolutely amazing! All of the instructors were amazing at explaining things and not making me feel foolish when I didn’t understand something. James and Mark especially were amazing in all of their lectures. I honestly don’t think you should call them lectures because I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

R. Haney

Intermediate/Advanced LD camp was great! The lectures were excellent and the leaders were very engaging and easy to follow. The instruction and coaching that I received helped me tremendously in preparation for the season ahead.

S. Britt (TX)
2nd place 2016 LD Champion

Intro to Team Policy in Baton Rouge was great, with great instructors! My girls felt a huge improvement in their debate skills after participating in the camp.

S. Winter (LA)

The Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp staff was exceptional. They presented material in an easy-to-understand format, kept the students fully engaged (even during in-depth lectures) and provided them with ample opportunities for integration and application of the knowledge and skills they gained each day.

Laura W. (GA)

DFWSD’s Intro to LD camp was indisputably essential to where I am today as a debater! I have come to understand that LD debate requires a foundational understanding of the principles and a deep analysis of the resolution. DFWSD’s camp comprehensively covered both of these fundamental aspects of LD. My debating would be completely different if it were not for the excellent training I received. I highly recommend DFWSD camps to anyone who wants to understand LD and debate successfully next season!

John Cavanna
1st place LD, 2015 Frisco Qualifier

I attended the Tampa Intermediate/Advanced LD camp and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really appreciated how the coaches were always open to questions and were very personable while still being professional. I loved the process that they guide you through to develop a good, strong principle. I learned so much about the political theories surrounding the resolution, how to simplify a round, effective cross-examination etc. Without the DFWSD camp this summer, I would not have been able to produce a solid case in so short a time and be able to gain a deeper understanding for this year’s resolution. I highly recommend their training and look forward to using the skills I learned throughout the debate competition season.

C. McLeod (FL)

The Interview Skills camp was amazing! Excellent instruction and hands-on applications.

M. Osigian (TX)

Before Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, I did not enjoy the negative side of any resolution. Now, it is my favorite side thanks to James’ amazing instruction! The camp leaders were very instrumental in helping me to develop a strong case and taught me how to run thesis-driven debate.

Connie C. (TX)

I had a great time learning how to debate effectively at Lincoln Douglas camp. All of the information presented was clear and easy to understand. When I had questions, the leaders and instructors were eager to answer them. Thanks DFW Speech and Debate!

Raven B. (TX)