Instructors & Coaches

Our Summer Camps and Private Coaching sessions are taught by highly accomplished coaches and seasoned competitors!

Suzanne Nasser

Suzanne Nasser

Suzanne Nasser has been coaching for over 10 years with a proven record of helping many committed students advance their skills to the state, regional and national levels in policy and Lincoln Douglas debate their first year of competition. Suzanne has trained many national competitors including the 2010 & 2012 national LD champions, 2013 and 2015 2nd and 3rd place LD champions, and multiple top 10 national policy debate champions. Suzanne’s coaching extends nationwide through her debate curriculum. She has been the primary author of the Tools for Team Policy curriculum, and co-author of the Tools for Lincoln Douglas curriculum since 2008, used by families and clubs across the US to prepare students for Policy and Lincoln Douglas competition. She is the founder and director of DFW Speech & Debate, an organization well-known nationwide for its excellence in teaching critical-thinking and communication skills through speech and debate. She has also served the speech/debate community as a club leader, and tournament director, and is the author of the Tournament Coordinator’s Handbook. In addition to coaching debate, Suzanne works with business professionals to help them increase their confidence and influence in the workplace. Her corporate background has enabled her to adapt her speech/debate curriculum to train management candidates at a top Fortune 500 companies.

Adam Nasser

Adam Nasser

Adam Nasser earned a B.A. in History and Public Policy from Dartmouth College, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Dartmouth Law Journal, an undergraduate academic advisor, and a writing tutor. He is currently pursuing his Juris Doctorate at New York University Law School. He earned several distinguished titles in his forensic career including Best Petitioner and Best Oralist at the 2011 Washington College of Law Moot Court competition, 1st place speaker at the 2011 Duke Moot Court competition, President of the Model UN club, Outstanding Delegate at all the MUN conferences he attended, and 1st place in parliamentary debate at 3 National opens his 1st season. Adam is the 2010 Lincoln Douglas Debate National Champion, the 1st place Lincoln Douglas Debate Speaker in the nation in 2009, the 2009 & 2010 Lincoln Douglas Debate TX State Champion, and 2009 Lincoln Douglas Debate Regional Champion. He was a 2008 State Semi-Finalist in Team Policy debate, competing at the national level in TP two consecutive years. Adam also has an impressive record in speech competition: 2006 Regional Expository Champion, 2008 State Persuasive Finalist, 2009 State Extemporaneous Champion, 2009 Regional Impromptu Champion, 2009 National Original Oratory Finalist and 2010 State Apologetics Champion. Adam is a well-respected leader, and co-author of the Tools for Team Policy Debate curriculum, and the primary author of the Tools for Lincoln Douglas Debate curriculum. He has served as an instructor for DFW Speech & Debate for 8 years and is passionate about defending truth and helping others to do the same.

Samantha Nasser

Samantha Nasser

Samantha Nasser is an accomplished Dynamics solution sales specialist at Microsoft Corporation, and veteran debate coach. She has instructed and coached hundreds of students for eight years, both in the classroom and in a professional context. Samantha was a highly accomplished forensics competitor in the collegiate world, ranking as the Pi Kappa Delta collegiate junior varsity Parliamentary Debate National Champion in 2009. She co-authored the Tools for Team Policy Debate curriculum, and Tools for Lincoln Douglas Debate curriculum which is used by top competitors across the nation. Since joining the professional world, she has continued to apply her public-speaking and critical-thinking expertise by empowering and training sales teams in everything from written communication and public-speaking to critical-thinking and negotiation. She did this while ranking in the top 10 highest billers in an international organization. As one of the most seasoned and passionate coaches in the business, she enjoys helping professionals to advance their careers by overcoming their fears and increasing their confidence and influence in the workplace!

James Russell

James Russell

James Russell is the Assistant Director of DFW Speech & Debate, and a very gifted teacher and coach. During his four years of forensics, James consistently performed at a high level in Team Policy debate, including qualifying to the 2013 National Championship and placing first at the 2014 Cleveland qualifier. He was one of the top Team Policy speakers in his region, receiving multiple 1st place speaker awards including 1st place speaker at the 2013 AL National Open. James is also an accomplished speech competitor, qualifying to the National Championship in Duo interpretation three years in a row, winning the 2012 Houston National Open, placing 2nd at the 2013 AL National Open, and placing 4th at the 2013 National Championship. He is an accomplished limited prep speaker, winning the 2013 AL National Open and Regional Championship in Impromptu, and going on to place 4th at the 2013 National Championship. James started competing in Extemporaneous in 2014, winning the Memphis qualifier and placing 2nd at the NC National Open. He went on to place 11th in extemporaneous at the 2014 National Championship. James has coached hundreds of students at camps and privately. He previously served as the head Team Policy debate instructor at the Baton Rouge Speech and Debate club, a nationally competitive debate club. In addition to his role as the Assistant Director, James is a private coach, the Executive Editor of the popular Tools For Team Policy Debate Sourcebook, and Head Instructor Policy debate camps, where he enjoys sharing his passion for forensics and helping students cultivate their critical-thinking and speaking skills.

Jeremy Christensen

Jeremy Christensen

Jeremy Christensen is completing his PhD in English at the University of South Dakota, and has coached debate for more than twenty-five years at both the high school and collegiate levels across seven major debate formats: Lincoln-Douglas (high school and college’s policy version), high school team policy, Public Forum (high school and college), NDT- CEDA (post-merger), NPDA, IPDA, and US BP/World Schools debate. His debaters have won more than one-hundred tournaments, twenty state titles, and three national championships in IPDA and NPDA debate and have reached the Sweet Sixteen or better at a dozen more national tournaments. His students have been in hundreds of elimination rounds, won more than forty squad sweepstakes honors and more than fifty top speaker awards. Mr. Christensen has held posts as professor and Director of Debate at the following institutions: The University of South Dakota, Hillsdale College, Central Wyoming College, Alderson Broaddus University, Belmont Abbey College, and Eastern Wyoming College. Additionally, Mr. Christensen has served as a judge, invited coach, and paid consultant for Washburn University since 2012, including during their 2017 NPDA national championship, a tournament two Washburn teams closed-out in the final round, a first in NPDA history.

Eileen Elledge

Eileen Elledge

Eileen Elledge has coached hundreds of clients ranging from age 8 to 60’s nationally and internationally for 14 years. She competed in both speech and debate in high school, earning a college scholarship. Then coached her four now adult children, who all achieved national competitive rankings (her son Nick was the 2005 National Sweepstakes Champion). Professionally, Eileen has done radio and television voice-over work for 20+ years for various grocery stores, TV stations, financial service firms, pharmaceutical companies, and Toyota dealerships. She has coached adult motivational speakers, technical conference speakers, fundraising leaders and father’s-of-the-bride for wedding speeches. Whether you are a mumbling, stuttering beginner or a seasoned professional, Eileen believes everyone has a message, but some need help communicating it effectively. Her passion is helping speakers discover that “aha” moment and flow in their God-given communications gifting. With a background in drama, she works as a private coach to help clients develop enunciation, projection, acceptable humor, and create a genuine emotional connection and poise under pressure. She has led improv for group settings and also uses improv games to help clients better connect with teammates and co-workers.

Matt Rosa

Matt Rosa

Matt Rosa is one of our top debate coaches and has privately coached 7 tournament champions in debate (1st Place), 10 finalists (2nd Place), and 14 semi-finalists (3rd & 4th Place) – including the Runner-Up (2nd Place) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 2016 NCFCA National Championship. His approach to coaching is unique and thorough. Students have occasionally joked that some of Matt’s sessions “feel like trying to drink from a fire hose” – definitely thorough! Having taught more than 1,100 students over the last five years, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his students. He retains a 94% advancement rate to the Regional Championship with novices, and a high renewal rate with his clients. Matt enjoys cultivating lifelong connections with his students. He has written letters of recommendation for scholarships and college applications, reviewed senior thesis papers, and helped to guide and challenge his students with college and career aspirations. In addition to his success as a coach, Matt has been awarded a plethora of championships as a former competitor. He competed in multiple speech categories and in Lincoln-Douglas, Team Policy, Parliamentary, and Moot Court debate at both the high school and collegiate levels. In debate, he won 11 tournaments and was a semi-finalist at 14 tournaments. In speech, Matt won 14 tournaments, including 2 Texas State Championships. Currently, Matt is a high-performing student and merit scholar at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, a private equity analyst, a devoted husband, and a full-time dog-daddy of “Mr. Beans” (our little Havanese dog). His hobbies include learning and applying God’s Word, boxing at the TITLE Club, and offering consulting advice to businesses.

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown is pursuing her degree in history and political science at Lee University in Cleveland, with the goal of being a full-time teacher, speaker, and motivator. She competed in speech and Team Policy debate for 4 years. Her speech on the power of storytelling won 1st place at both the North Carolina and the Oklahoma National Opens in 2016, and 2nd place in Wisconsin, and 4th place at the 2016 National Championship. That same year, Jordan took 4th place in Team Policy debate at the National Championship. Jordan also placed 3rd in Open Interpretation, and 1st in Biblical presentation at the 2016 Regional Championship. She is passionate about helping students to achieve their goals by overcoming seemingly impossible challenges. When Jordan is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching health documentaries. As a private coach, she is excited about helping students to achieve their goals!

William Bock

William Bock

William Bock has competed at the highest levels of both high school and college debate. Notable collegiate accomplishments include 2016 World Champion of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Headquarters (Switzerland), 1st place Moot Court Oral Advocacy at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association Regional Invitational at Stetson School of Law (Florida), 1st place British Parliamentary Debate at Worlds University Debating Championships Invitational at George Washington University (Washington D.C.), and 1st place American Parliamentary Debate at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Invitational Tournament at the American Enterprise Institute (Washington D.C.). Top high school accomplishments include 2012 Team Policy debate Region VI champion and 2nd place in Team Policy debate at the 2014 National Championship. As a DFWSD private coach, William will help you take your argumentation skills to the next level, cultivating the tools necessary to identify and present truth in an eloquent and impactful manner. He specializes in teaching research strategies, rational refutation, and resolutional analysis. William explains his passion for coaching this way: “We live in an increasingly uncivilized culture, where public debate is characterized more by chaos rather than coherent argumentation that corresponds with reality as it is. Off to one side is a cacophony of voices, loud and harsh. On the other side are the silent ones, wracked by self-doubt who avoid the great issues of our time. It would be easy to gravitate to one or the other. My goal for my students is the center, where the courage of your convictions blends with humility and respect for others. The goal of debate is to help students find this path causing them to become deep-thinking, discerning, ethical, articulate communicators.”

John Cavanna

John Cavanna

John Cavanna is pursuing his degree at the University of Dallas, and has 6 years of competitive speech and debate experience. He qualified to the Regional Championship all 6 years and to the National Championship during his last 4 years of competition. His top accomplishments include 3rd place in Team Policy debate at the 2014 Frisco Qualifier in Team Policy debate, and 5th in Apologetics, 4th in Extemporaneous, 1st in Impromptu, 1st in Thematic Interpretation, and 3rd in IE Sweepstakes at the 2014 Wylie Qualifier. In 2015, John won 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate at two consecutive tournaments (the Frisco and Wylie Qualifiers), 2nd place LD speaker at the Wylie Qualifier, and 1st place LD speaker at the 2015 Regional Championship. In 2016, John placed 9th at the Brenham Qualifier, 7th at the Oklahoma National Open, and 1st at the Wylie Qualifier in Team Policy debate. He also placed 3rd in Apologetics at the 2016 Allen Qualifier and 1st in Apologetics at the 2016 Brenham Qualifier. His 2017 accomplishments include 4th in Persuasive at the Regional Championship, 3rd in Biographical Narrative at the Brenham Qualifier, 2nd in Duo Interpretation and 2nd Team Policy speaker at the Dallas Qualifier. John coached at the Coppell Speech club during the 2016-2017 season, and is looking forward to coaching speech and debate this Spring in Allen, and speech in Coppell!

Raphael Cavanna

Raphael Cavanna

Raphael Cavanna is pursing a degree in Psychology at the University of Dallas. He is a highly accomplished competitor and coach with 6 years of forensic experience. Raphael advanced to the elimination rounds in debate at every qualifying tournament that he attended in 2014, 2015, and 2016, finishing in the top 10 in many cases. Notable accomplishments include 1st place Lincoln Douglas debate (LD) at the 2016 OK National Open and Wylie qualifier, 1st place LD speaker at the 2016 Wylie qualifier, and 2nd place in LD and 4th place LD speaker at the 2016 Brenham all-district qualifier, 1st place LD speaker and the 2016 Regional Championship, 2nd place in Policy debate and 7th place Team Policy speaker at the 2015 Wylie qualifiers, 7th place policy debate speakers at the 2015 Regional Championship, and qualifying to the 2014 National Championship in Policy debate. Raphael has also earned many impressive titles in speech. Notable achievements include 1st in Informative at the 2016 Wylie qualifier, 4th in Informative at the 2016 Region IV Championship 5th in Persuasive, and semifinals in Extemp at the 2016 Brenham qualifier, and 6th place in Humorous Interpretation in 2015. Outside of speech and debate, Raphael enjoys soccer, drawing, and discussions on the merits of different musical genres. He has coached over a hundred students at summer camps and enjoys working with students as a private coach, to help them to cultivate their critical-thinking and commuication skills.

Cody Dedon

Cody Dedon

Cody Dedon is a five-year speech and debate veteran! He put untold hours into honing his ultimate passion: public speaking! Upon realizing words’ ability to move and inspire people, Cody decided to pursue public speaking with unsurpassed excellence. He earned 26 first place titles in Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Open Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu and After Dinner Speaking. Among those titles was a streak of 14 consecutive titles in humorous interpretation, including back-to-back Regional and National championships. Cody holds 3 additional 1st place National titles including Sweepstakes, After Dinner Speaking and Short Film. He also competed in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, placing 4th at the 2014 NC National Open. Cody is passionate about helping his students reach for excellence. When he is not teaching public speaking, he runs a film production company which he founded. He also takes crew positions on feature films being produced near his home-town. This summer, he is honored and excited to serve as the Head Speech Coach for DFWSD speech camps!

Caleb Engle

Caleb Engle

Caleb Engle is pursuing his degree in Government at Patrick Henry College. He has competed in numerous speech and debate formats at both the highschool and collegiate level. Notable accomplishments include 1st place Team Policy National Debate Champion at the 2015 National Championship, going undefeated. That same year, he won 2 qualifying tournaments and the Boston National Open. Caleb also competed actively in speech during high school, winning 5 tournaments in Extemporaneous and 3 tournaments in Impromptu speaking. In 2016, at the collegiate level, he and his partner became the first freshman team to ever win the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s National Championship. That same year, he competed at the highest levels of collegiate Mock Trial. Caleb has extensive coaching experience, emphasizing advanced cross examination techniques and thesis-centric argumentation.

Noah Foster

Noah Foster

Noah Foster is a college freshman with 6 years of speech and debate experience. In 2015, Noah won the NC National Open in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate and qualified to the 2015 National Championship. In 2016, Noah became one of the first competitors to win a National Open in both styles of debate, when he and his partner took first place in Team Policy at the San Diego National Open. In 2017, after a year of interning with DFWSD, Noah’s students took all four of the Regional Championship semifinal spots. Noah also won Extemporaneous, IE Sweepstakes, LD Speaker, and LD Debate at the 2017 Regional Championship. He qualified to the Nationals in 5 speeches and 2 debate styles. In 2018, Noah became the first competitor in his league to win a national tournament in all three styles of debate. Before Noah jumped head-first into speech and debate, he was an avid Taekwondo student, earning his 3rd degree black belt before taking a break to pursue speech and debate. During his free time Noah enjoys reading and playing any and every sport, but mostly Ultimate Frisbee. He is looking forward to being the Policy Debate Camp Assistant this summer, and mentoring students across the country as they strive to better their critical-thinking skills and succeed in debate and speech competition.

Addi Hambrick

Addi Hambrick

Addi Hambrick is currently completing a pre-dental degree in bio-chemistry. She has earned several distinguished titles in her 3-year forensic career, including the 2014 National Sweepstakes Champion – an award given to the top overall speaker in the nation! Addi placed in the top 4 of every single state, regional, and national competition that she attended. Her achievements include fourteen 1st place wins, 2 State Championship titles, and 4 Sweepstakes Championship awards. In 2014 alone, she qualified 10 speeches to the Regional Championship and further qualified 8 of those to the National Championship. She is the 2014 National Sweepstakes and Open Interpretation Champion. Her other National titles include 2nd place in After Dinner speaking, Thematic, and Illustrated Oratory. She is a 2-time Regional Champion in Thematic, and also holds numerous regional titles in Illustrated, After dinner speaking, Duo, Impromptu, Persuasive, Informative, and Open. Having previously been a victim of severe stage fright, Addi is a prime example of one’s ability to overcome obstacles with determination and dedication. She is the co-author of the Advanced Tools for Speech Marathoner, a fantastic resource for experienced speech competitors seeking to push past previous success, to excel in competition.

Stefanie Klaves

Stefanie Klaves

Stefanie Klaves is studying political science at Grove City College. She competed in team policy debate for four years, placing 3rd and 2nd at the 2014 and 2015 National Championship respectively. Stefanie also finished 1st in Team Policy debate at the 2016 NC National Open, 2016 Kentucky Regional Qualifier, and 2014 Regional Ohio Regional Qualifier. She placed in the top 10 Team Policy debate speakers at the 2015 National Championship, 1st place speaker at the 2016 Kentucky Regional Qualifier, and 1st place speaker at the 2016 Ohio Regional Qualifier. In addition to debate, Stefanie qualified to Nationals in apologetics, persuasive, informative, and biographical narrative. She won numerous speech events, including apologetics at 2016 Regionals and persuasive at the 2014 Minnesota National Open. Stefanie has worked with debate sourcebook companies and interned as a legal assistant at the Hildebrand Law Firm LLC for over a year. She enjoys coaching! She is known for her enthusiasm for research and her passionate speaking style, and is dedicated to helping her students to excel in competition.

Olivia Kleiner

Olivia Kleiner

Olivia Kleiner is pursuing her degree in accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas in the National Merit Scholars Program. She competed in speech and debate for five years, advancing to the Regional Championship four of those five years and to the National Championship in 2014. Notable achievements include consistently placing in Team Policy debate, receiving multiple speaking awards, and winning 3rd place in Team Policy at the 2014 Frisco Qualifier. Olivia has four years of experience in coaching students in speech and debate, many of whom went on to compete on regional and national levels; additionally, she has also led ballet classes, tutored other academic subjects, and mentored students in 2 different programs at UT-Dallas. She currently interns at PwC, one of the top accounting firms in the world. Olivia loves helping students grow into poised and confident speakers and is excited to help them start on their speech and debate journey!

Grayson Logue

Grayson Logue

Grayson Logue is pursuing a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College in New York City. He has competed in speech and debate for 8 years earning many distinguished titles along the way. Notable accomplishments in Policy Debate include qualifying to Nationals 3 years in a row, and placing 2nd, 1st, and 2nd at the Regional Championship. He received numerous policy speaker awards including multiple 1st and 2nd place rankings at the State and Regional level and 5th place in the nation at the 2014 National Championship. In Lincoln Douglas debate (LD), Grayson is the 2nd place 2015 LD National Champion. He also placed 4th in LD at the 2015 MA National Open and was awarded 1st place LD speaker at the 2015 NC National Open and 2015 Regional Championship. Grayson also competed in multiple speech events, but his favorite by far was Extemporaneous Speaking, which he competed in for 6 years. He advanced to Extemp finals at numerous State events, placed 6th at the 2015 NC National Open, was the Extemporaneous Regional Champion, and advanced to the semi-final round at the 2015 National Championship. Grayson also competed in high-school Moot Court competition, advancing to the semi-final round at at Duke University. At the collegiate level, he currently competes in British Parliamentary debate. This past year, he and his partner were the most successful novice team in the country (ahead of novice teams from Cornell, Harvard, and Yale). Grayson has coached at local clubs, workshops, and with individuals – helping them to develop excellent analytical and communication skills!!

Evangelista Lombardozzi

Evangelista Lombardozzi

Evangelista Lombardozzi is a college freshman at the University of Dallas, and an accomplished national-level competitor with 3 years of speech and debate experience. Notable achievements in speech include 1st in Biographical Narrative at the 2016 Wylie Qualifier, 2nd in Informative Speaking at the 2017 Dallas Qualifier and 2nd at the 2016 Regional Invitation in Persuasive Speaking, and qualifying to the 2016 National Championship. Evan also has a track record of success in Team Policy debate. In 2016, Evan and her partner placed 2nd at the Wylie Qualifier, and advanced to the National Championship. In 2017, she placed 1st in Team Policy debate at the Dallas Qualifier and was the 1st place speaking champion at the Duncanville and Dallas qualifiers. Evangelista has qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Team policy debate and Informative speaking. In addition to Team policy, Evangelista also was awarded 2nd place LD debater at the 2018 Tulsa qualifier, as well as 1st place LD speaking champion at the 2018 Dallas National Qualifier. She is excited to share her passion for speech and debate with students at camps this summer, and help them to prepare for competition at club.

Noah Lombardozzi

Noah Lombardozzi

Noah Lombardozzi is pursuing degrees in both Politics and Philosophy at the University of Dallas. He has a passion for speech and debate, and teaching others! Notable accomplishments include 2nd place Extemporaneous speaking National Champion in 2016, 4th place Lincoln Douglas debate speaker, and 8th place in Sweepstakes at the 2016 National Championship. During that same year, Noah also placed 1st in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Allen Qualifier. In 2014, Noah advanced to elimination rounds in Team Policy debate at every Regional Qualifier he attended, and placed 7th at the Regional Championship, earning qualification to the National Championship. In 2015, Noah placed 2nd in Team Policy debate and 1st place in Extemporaneous speaking at the Wylie, TX Qualifier. In 2017, Noah placed 1st in both Informative and Extemporaneous speaking at back to back Qualifiers, and in that same year qualified to the National Championship in Team Policy Debate as well as Impromptu, Extemporaneous, and Apologetics speaking. When he is not working on a speech or preparing for debate, Noah enjoys reading books on politics and science-fiction, as well as playing sports. Noah has extensive experience coaching students at summer camps and at his local club, and looks forward to continuing to help students to sharpen their critical thinking and public speaking skills as a camp instructor and private coach.

Ben Lux

Ben Lux

Ben Lux was the highest ranked Team Policy debater and Extemporaneous speaker in his league during the 2015-2016 competition year. He held that title for Team Policy in the 2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2016- 2017 competition seasons. Ben was also an avid international debater ranking 5th in the world in WSD debate. Ben and his partner swept 3 of the 5 tournaments they went to in Parliamentary Debate in their last year of competition. They also swept prelims at Nationals and were the top seed. Ben is also a board member of the charitable organization Hearts of Maya which scholarships kids to pursue interests in the arts: acting, singing, and dancing. Ben and his amazing brother also teach acting and improv in Dallas. For the last 12 years Ben has been a model and actor starring in things like Nerf commercials, JC Penney photo shoots and Barney the big purple dinosaur. He LOVES teaching and instilling a love for speech and debate in others. He cannot wait to help elevate students to the next level and have a ton of fun doing so at Speech and Debate club this season!

Justin Manchester

Justin Manchester

Justin Manchester is an Architecture major at Harding University and a 4-year speech and debate alumnus. He competed in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate for two years each during high-school. In Lincoln Douglas (LD), he ranked among the top six speakers in his region both years and placed 3rd at the 2013 National Championship. He won 1st place speaker at the 2013 Oklahoma City Qualifier, and 2nd placed in LD at the 2013 Regional Championship. In speech, Justin was a finalist in Extemporaneous speaking at the 2012 State Championship and a semi-finalist in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu speaking at the 2012 Regional Championship. Justin enjoys helping students sharpen their critical thinking skills through debate and has coached over 100 students in Lincoln Douglas debate at summer camps and through private coaching. He is very committed to helping his students achieve high goals in competition, coaching many of them to the National Championship.

Michaella Maniscalo

Michaella Maniscalo

Michaella Maniscalo is a Political Science major at the University of St. Thomas and has competed in speech and debate for four years. She qualified to the Regional Championship in her speeches and Team Policy debate every year of her competition and qualified to the 2017 and 2018 National Championship in Team Policy debate, Extemporaneous, Impromptu, Biographical Narrative, and Illustrated Oratory. Michaella has received many notable placings in debate including 1st place at a 2018 National Qualifying March Mixer, 1st place at a Regional Qualifier Tournament in Conroe, 1st place at a 2018 Regional Qualifier in Dallas, 3rd place Team Policy Speaker at a 2018 Brenham Qualifier, and 12th place at the 2017 National Championship. Michaella has received many semifinalist and finalist placings for her speeches, most recently this included: 2nd place in Illustrated Oratory, 3rd place in Extemporaneous, 4th place in Biographical Narrative, and 6th place in Impromptu. Michaella has served her local club in many capacities including President of Team Policy debate, President of Platform speaking, and President of Extemporaneous speaking. She is looking forward to sharing her love of public speaking with others!

Emily Mikkelsen

Emily Mikkelsen

Emily Mikkelsen is the Director of Debate at Belmont Abbey College in NC and has over a decade of experience in forensics. She completed a Political Communications bachelor’s degree at Cedarville University in 2014 and graduated with her M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2016. Emily competed in Dramatic and Duo Interpretation, Prose and Poetry, Original Oratory, Oratorical interpretation, Congressional Debate, and Parliamentary Debate. She placed at the OHSSA State Tournament three years in a row in Congressional Debate. She was also top-ranked regionally for Duo Interpretation in her junior year. In college, she and her debate partner were ranked 2nd in the country for the National Parliamentary Debate Association in December 2013, winning 1st place speaker and 1st place honors at several tournaments. Emily also coached fact, value, and policy debate for younger team members, helping Cedarville University place 2nd in the nation overall during her senior year. Before accepting her current position as Director of Debate, Emily helped to establish Appalachian State University’s national debate team, which qualified to the exclusive National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence within their first year and thus had students ranked within the top 50 individual teams across the country by March. Emily coaches the Belmont Abbey College team, which won the JV IPDA National Tournament in 2016 and advanced to semi-finals at the IPDA National Tournament for team debate in 2017. She also coaches speech, LD, Policy, and PF at the high school level. As a part of her campus outreach, Emily has the opportunity to work with a local high school team that took 2nd place in the state last year; her advising focuses primarily on LD and PF competition. She also works with Moot Court students on campus. Emily enjoys coaching students at all levels, helping them to solidify tournament strategies and refine the practical skills which are garnered through speech and debate!

Ian Mikkelsen

Ian Mikkelsen

Ian Mikkelsen is pursuing his doctorate in Economics at the University of North Carolina. He competed in high school and collegiate speech and debate for 7 years at the National level. In high school, Ian won the 2011 Kansas State Championship in Lincoln Douglas debate and concluded his high-school career as the National LD Runner-up at the NCFL 2011 championship. Ian also competed on the National Congressional Circuit in both the House and Senate NFL qualifying tournament, progressing the Super Session of both in his district. In speech, he made it to finals every year of competition in both Impromptu and Extemporaneous at the Kansas State Tournament, winning the State Championship his senior year and qualifying to nationals in Extemporaneous speaking for the NCFL championship. In college, Ian competed in Parliamentary Debate winning multiple National Invitationals and took 2nd and 3rd place in the 2014 and 2015 National Championships, including second at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. After graduation, he aided in founding the Belmont Abbey Parliamentary debate team where he serves as the assistant coach. Ian also coached several top high-school competitors, helping the Seaman High School team close out the Public Forum National Qualifiers, win its second LD State Championship, and break to late outrounds in Public Forum at Nationals. He also helped the school return to 3 consecutive years of placing in the top 3 sweepstake finishes at the State Tournament, win 3rd and 4th in the state in Extemp, and coached multiple national competitors in Oration, Extemp, Impromptu, and Informative Speaking, with all competitors advancing deep into elimination rounds. Recently, he coached students to double-octafinals in LD at NSDA Nationals, and several to qualifying bids to the TOC Policy Tournament. In collegiate debate, his students won the NPDA and NPTE National championships in 2017, as well as the 2016 IPDA National Championship. He also worked with multiple high school Congressional debate teams, including national finalists for the NSDA Congressional tournament, writing multiple pieces of legislation for the national tournament, and the qualification of half of the total Congress qualifiers for the NCFL tournament in various years. Ian serves as a private coach for DFWSD where he enjoys working with students to help them excel in both speech and debate competition!

Cesar Ruiz

Cesar Ruiz

Cesar Ruiz is pursuing his degree in International Economics and Finance with a minor in Spanish at Austin College, and made the Dean’s list in his first semester. He competed in speech and debate at the National level for five of his six years in forensics. Cesar won 1st place at qualifying tournaments in Open Interpretation three times, and numerous times in Extemporaneous, and Thematic Interpretation. Cesar also excelled in Team Policy Debate, placing in the top 4 at two qualifying tournaments in his first year of debate, 2nd at the 2012 State Championship, and 4th place at the 2012 National Championship! He is also the 2013 Texas State Champion in Policy debate and 2nd place in Extemporaneous. In his final year of competition he placed 2nd in Extemporaneous at the 2014 National Championship. Cesar currently plays football for Austin College and will be competing in Mock Trial this upcoming year. In 2013, Cesar helped found a new speech and debate club where as Head Instructor he coached several first year teams to the Regional Championship as well as the 2013 and 2014 National Championships. He has coached hundreds of students at DFW Speech & Debate summer camps and currently serves as a private coach and instructor, helping students surpass their own expectations not just in competition, but in skills they will use the rest of their lives. Cesar is also the co-author of the Advanced Tools for Speech Marathoner, a fantastic resource for experienced speech competitors seeking to push past previous success, to excel in competition.

Catie Shoemaker

Catie Shoemaker

Catie Shoemaker is pursuing her degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College in New York. She competed in speech and debate throughout highschool. Top accomplishments include 3rd in Team Policy debate at the 2017 National Championship, 1st at the 2016 Region VII Championship, and debating at Nationals for three of the four years she competed. Catie has advanced to the final round in Team Policy debate at 7 tournaments, winning 5 of those rounds and taking second at the 2017 North Carolina National Open. In speech, Catie has qualified to the National Championship in 14 speeches across all 3 genres (limited preparation, interpretative, and platform speeches). In 2016, she placed first 9 times in various speeches, including winning Duo interpretation at the Oklahoma National Open and Open and Duo Interpretation at the Regional Championship. She went on to receive 4th place in Duo Interpretation at the 2016 National Championship. For the past two years, Catie has coached her local club helping students find the “why” behind each speech they deliver in the hopes of impacting judges while building communication skills. She serves as a private coach for DFWSD where she enjoys helping her students excel in both speech and debate competition!

Stephen Sutherland

Stephen Sutherland

Stephen Sutherland earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College and an M.A. from Binghamton University. During his undergraduate studies, he studied at Oxford University. His training has provided him with an excellent foundation in the liberal arts. Stephen brings extensive experience to our coaching team where he serves as a writing tutor. He is an experienced teacher both in the classroom and in one-on-one tutorials. He has worked with middle school and high school students at all stages of the writing process, helping them to develop the confidence needed to write and reason persuasively, especially as they prepare for college entrance exams. Through instruction, practice and constructive feedback, Stephen’s students have refined their critical thinking skills as they learn to evaluate a topic, craft a strong thesis, and compose organized and well reasoned essays.

Taylor Walters

Taylor Walters

Taylor Walters is a rising high school junior with four years of speech and debate experience. She has qualified to the Regional Championship all four years in multiple categories including Impromptu, Interpretation, Platform, and Lincoln Douglas Debate. She has also qualified to the National Championship multiple times in Platform, Interpretive and Limited Preparation speech. Notable accomplishments include 5th place in Lincoln Douglas Debate at the 2018 Cincinnati March Mixer, 8th place in Open Interpretation at the 2018 Cincinnati March Mixer, and 3rd place in Open Interpretation, 6th place in Original Oratory, and 7th place in Impromptu at the 2018 Sumter Qualifier. She also placed 6th in Informative at the 2017 Region XIII Championship, 2nd place in Open Interpretation at the 2017 Savannah Qualifier, and 6th place in Impromptu speaking at the 2017 Savannah Qualifier. During the past years, Taylor has mentored students as a leader for her local speech club, as well as 1-on-1 coaching. In her spare time, Taylor loves singing/songwriting, playing instruments, sports, and hanging out with her friends. After graduation she plans to attend Belmont University and pursue a degree in music business. DFW Speech & Debate coaching has been a major factor in Taylor’s speech and debate success and she is thrilled to be able to work with them to mentor and encourage students this summer.

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Harrison Bath

Harrison Bath

Harrison Bath is a high school senior. He has been competing in speech and debate for over 4 years. DFW Speech and Debate camps have been an integral part of helping Harrison arrive at the level of excellence he now enjoys. Harrison has received multiple speaker awards and debate placings. Notable accomplishments in Team Policy debate include 4th place at the Cleveland qualifier, 5th at the Memphis Qualifier, 6th at the Hattiesburg Qualifier, and 9th place at the 2017 Washington National Open. He is also the Leader of the Baton Rouge Extemporaneous club, an event that Harrison advanced to elimination rounds in at 9 tournaments and placed 2nd at the 2018 Region VII Championship, and qualified in to the National Championship. He also finished 2nd in Duo Interpretation at the 2018 Region VII Championship and was the 2018 Region 7 Sweepstakes Champion. Harrison enjoys a variety of sports and spending time with his family of 7. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share his knowledge and skills to students who are beginning their debate experience!

Taylor Belyeu

Taylor Belyeu

Taylor Belyeu is a high school junior in her sixth year of speech and debate. She has competed in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate, qualifying to Regionals in Team Policy, and to Nationals three years in a row in Lincoln Douglas debate. Her top accomplishments in Lincoln-Douglas debate include 1st place at the 2016 Winter Park district qualifier, 1st place speaker at the 2018 NC National Open, 2nd place at the 2015 South Carolina qualifier, 2nd place at the 2015 Jonesboro qualifier, 2nd place at the 2014 Jacksonville qualifier, 2nd place speaker at the 2018 Winter Park qualifier, 2nd place speaker at the 2016 Boca Raton qualifier, 4th place at the 2015 Regional Championship, 5th place speaker at the 2015 Regional Championship, 7th place debate at the 2016 Regional Championship, and 5th place at the 2016 St. Petersburg district qualifier. She has also competed in multiple speech events, including Persuasive, Informative, and all the limited preps, qualifying to Regionals multiple times in each category. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, she taught an eight-week speech class at a local co-op. She is also a Student Leader at her local speech and debate club, teaching, critiquing, and mentoring students in their speeches as well as debates. Outside of speech and debate, Taylor enjoys playing sports at her local high school, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, weightlifting, and track, playing the piano and guitar, and occasionally, math. DFW Speech & Debate camps have been a tremendous help to Taylor in her growth as a speaker, debater, and communicator. Taylor is excited to have the opportunity to mentor others not only in their growth in speech and debate, but also in the communication skills needed for life.

Samuel Cavanna

Samuel Cavanna has three years of competitive speech and debate experience. He has qualified to Regionals in all of his events every year he competed. His most notable achievement being to qualify to Nationals in Team Policy Debate in 7th grade. In 2018, Samuel placed 5th in Team Policy debate at the 2018 Regional Championship, and qualified for the 2018 National Championship. In 2017, Samuel placed 10th in Team Policy Debate at the 2017 Regional Championship, and 7th at the Brenham Qualifier. In speech, Samuel advanced to finals in Informative speaking at the 2016 Wylie Qualifier. In his spare time, Sam plays soccer and runs soccer camps. He also considers himself to be a skillful barista. Coffee anyone? Samuel is very excited to mentor students at speech camp this summer!

Coby Corradino

Coby Corradino started competing in Speech and Debate at age 15 and fell in love with it after his first tournament. Coby received 6th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 2017 NC National Open, and has received seven 1st place titles in Biblical presentation, Open interpretation, and Duo Interpretation, including two 1st place regional titles in Biblical Presentation, and the 1st place title in Duo Interpretation. He has advanced to elimination rounds at multiple qualifying, regional, and national tournaments. At the 2017 Regional Championship, he received the Iron Man Award and qualified to Nationals in 8 speeches (Limited Preps, Interpretations, and Platforms). For the past 12 years, Coby has been a professional actor starring in short films, commercials, plays, and choir performances. He has played leading roles in multiple productions on the stage and behind the camera. Some of his most notable achievements include singing with his choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City and making it to the Top 3 in an audition for the lead role in a Broadway play. In his spare time he enjoys drawing, playing in his worship band at church, belting every musical theater song known to mankind, and watching every comic-book film that hits theaters. He is actively pursuing an education in the arts, and speech and debate has been an important part of his success in that endeavor. He is excited to have the opportunity to mentor students at speech camp this summer!

Martha Grace Curtis

Martha Grace Curtis

Martha Grace Curtis is a high school junior with 5 years of competitive speech experience. She qualified to the Regional Championship four out of her five years and qualified to Nationals twice. Her most notable accomplishments include 1st place in Duo Interpretation at the Woodstock Qualifier, 2nd place in Original Interpretation at the Winterpark Qualifier, and 4th place in Duo at the Regional Championship. In her spare time, Martha enjoys drawing, singing, and anything that involves creativity. She is thrilled to be a part of the DFW Speech & Debate leadership team this summer and to share her love for speech with beginners!

Megan Dedon

Megan Dedon

Megan Dedon is a high school senior and has competed in speech and debate for six years. She has qualified to compete on the regional level for all six years of her career, and the national level for three of those six years. She has consistently placed in interpretive speech categories as well as Biographical narrative. In 2014, she qualified to the National Championship in Duo and placed ninth. In 2017, she and her partner won two qualifiers in Duo interpretation and qualified to the Regional Championship in Team Policy debate and Duo. As she nears the end of her high school speech and debate career, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to pour into students and share her passion for communication. She is looking forward to helping students improve their confidence and communication skills. Outside of speech and debate, Megan enjoys music and photography.

Toby Forehand

Toby Forehand

Toby Forehand has been involved in the speech and debate community for three years, qualifying to the National Championship every year since he began. He was ranked 5th in the nation in Impromptu speaking at the 2017 National Championship. He has received many first place awards throughout his speech career in a variety of categories including Duo Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu, and Original Oratory, as well as receiving sweepstakes awards for his ability to compete in a large number and variety of different speeches successfully. Toby has a passion for people and believes that everyone can learn to communicate well. When he isn’t writing speeches or preparing arguments, you can find him consuming what is probably too much green tea and overdosing on chicken wings.

Truman Forehand

Truman Forehand

Truman Forehand is a college freshman with three years of competitive speech and debate experience. He has qualified to the National Championship in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Moot Court, Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Duo Interpretation. His accomplishments include 1st place Impromptu speaker at the 2018 SC March Mixer, 1st place Persuasive speaker at the 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier, 1st place Duo Interpretation speaker at the 2018 Sumter (SC) Qualifier, 4th place Impromptu at the 2018 Region VIII Championship, 5th place Impromptu at the 2018 NC National Open, 2nd place Duo Interpretation at the 2018 NC National Open, 2nd place Duo Interpretation at the 2018 SC March Mixer, 3rd place Duo Interpretation at the 2018 TN March Mixer, as well as more than two dozen other finals and semi-finals speech placings, and numerous placings in Lincoln Douglas Debate. When he is not involved with speech and debate, Truman enjoys acting and directing in theater, watching football with his dad, and scouting out local coffee shops with his younger siblings.

Jonah Foster

Jonah Foster has competed in speech and debate for 5 years, and has qualified to the National Championship multiple times in multiple speech events and debate. In 2017, Jonah placed 7th in the nation in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the 2017 National Championship. In that same year, he advanced with 5 speeches in addition to Lincoln-Douglas debate to the Regional Championship. Jonah’s extensive list of awards includes multiple first place awards in speech categories such as Original Interpretation, Biographical Narrative, Persuasive, and Biblical Interpretation. Jonah is excited to pour his skills into campers this summer!

Katie Kellam

Katie Kellam

Katie Kellam is a rising senior and has been competing in speech and debate for three years. In 2017, she advanced to the Regional Championship in everything she competed in, which included several speech events as well as Lincoln-Douglas debate, and placed 1st in Informative at the North Carolina National Open. In 2018, she placed 5th in After Dinner, 3rd in Duo, and 2nd in Original Interpretation at the Plant City (FL) qualifier, as well as 1st in Cold Reading and 2nd in Original Oratory at the January Jubilee (GA) qualifier. Katie is excited to be interning with DFW Speech & Debate and has a passion for sharing knowledge with others. Since teaching is something she might want to pursue as a career, she hopes that her internship experience this summer will help her grow in that respect. Some interesting facts about Katie are that she has been playing piano since she was six years old, and that her first year competing in speech and debate, she won the national short story contest for her speech and debate league.

Hannah Maniscalo

Hannah Maniscalo

Hannah Maniscalo is a rising high school junior with four years of speech and debate experience. In the past four years Hannah has qualified to the Regional and National Championship in several speeches and debate. In Team Policy debate, she placed 1st at the 2017 Conroe qualifier, 2nd place at the 2017 Lewisville qualifier, and 12th in the nation at the 2017 National Championship. In the 2018, Hannah placed 2nd in policy debate at the Dallas qualifier, 3rd at the Brenham qualifier, and 2nd at the Regional Championship. In speech, she has advanced to semifinals and finals several times. Hannah qualified to Regionals in Persuasive, Illustrated Oratory, Impromptu, Exemporaneous, and Biographical Narrative speech. She is her club’s platform speaking president and Team Policy vice president. Aside from spending much of her time on speech and debate, Hannah enjoys baking, playing with her four dogs, crafts, and reading. She is looking forward to sharing her passion for debate with students at DFWSD summer camps!

Aliyah Martinez

Aliyah Martinez

Aliyah Martinez is a high school senior that has been competing in speech and debate for 4 years. She has qualified to Regionals in all four years and won numerous titles. During her years of competition, Aliyah has placed in Team Policy debate at almost every tournament that she has participated in. These include: 15th at the 2015 Conroe Qualifier, 8th at the 2016 Nacogdoches Qualifier, 12th at the 2017 Region IV Championship, 10th at the 2017 Nacogdoches Qualifier, 9th at the 2017 Lewisville Qualifier, and 7th at the 2017 Brenham Qualifier. In 2018, she placed 6th at the 2018 Tulsa Qualifier, 1st at the 2018 Brenham Qualifier, and 1st at the Dallas SMU-Plano Tournament. She has also won multiple speaker awards including, 14th place speaker at the 2018 Dallas Mini National Open, 6th place speaker at the 2017 Region IV Championship, and 2nd place at the 2018 Dallas SMU-Plano Tournament. Outside speech and debate, Aliyah enjoys running half marathons, photography, eating and traveling. She has learned how to utilize her debate skills both in and out of rounds and looks forward to sharing her love of speech and debate with campers this summer!

Kyla Martinez

Kyla Martinez

Kyla Martinez is a dedicated high school senior with a strong work ethic which has benefited her in debate. She has qualified to the Regional Championship all four years that she has competed. Most notable achievements include 9th place in Team Policy debate at the 2017 Lewisville Qualifier, 10th place at the Conroe Qualifier, and 12th at the Regional Championship. In 2018, Kyla placed 1st in policy debate at the SMU-Plano qualifier and the 2018 Brenham Qualifier, 6th at the Tulsa OK Qualifier, and . At 3rd at the Lewisville qualifier. Kyla has also received several debate speaker awards. In her free time, Kyla enjoys traveling, reading books and anything crafty. She looks forward to mentoring students at camp this summer and working with the other leaders on DFWSD’s team!

Olivia Northcutt-Wyly

Olivia Northcutt-Wyly

Olivia Northcutt-Wyly is a sophomore at the School of Science and Engineering Magnet High School in Dallas. She has three years of debate experience and has qualified for the State and National Championship tournaments all her high school years. In 2017, Olivia and her partner were the youngest policy debate team in the country to qualify for Urban Debate Nationals. In 2018, Olivia made it deep into elimination rounds at Urban Debate Nationals held in Washington D.C. and placed 5th in policy debate and was top 8 speaker. Olivia and her partner are also two-time district champions and UIL State qualifiers. In 2018, they made history by being the first all-girl team to break into late out-rounds and the first Dallas team in 40 years to place within the top 6 at state. Other notable achievements include six consecutive wins as Top Speaker at Dallas tournaments and top 8 speaker at a TFA state qualifying event. In addition to policy debate, Olivia has won the district-wide oratory competition. In order to spread her love for debate Olivia has been the coach of her middle school team for two years and coached them to become City Champions. She was also elected 2018 novice/JV coach of her high school team (her team won the JV city championships). In addition to debate, Olivia is an international swimmer for the United States Paralympic team. She loves math and science puns and spending time with her dogs!

Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips has recently completed his fourth year of speech and debate competition. His most recent accomplishments include placing 2nd at the 2018 NC National Open in Lincoln Douglas debate, and pre-qualifying to the 2018 National Championship. He also received 8th place Lincoln Douglas debate speaker at the 2018 Regional Championship. He earned a slot to the 2018 Regional Championship in every speech event in which he competed. In 2017, he advanced to the National Championship in Persuasive speaking and in Team Policy debate. When Joseph is not competing in speech and debate, he enjoys camping with is Trail Life unit and practicing martial arts.

Gage Roberts

Gage Roberts

Gage Roberts has been an avid debater for three years, and has qualified to the National Championship twice. He was the tournament champion speaker for Team policy at the Green Country Challenge Tournament in 2017, and a finalist in Team Policy at the Irving Prologue in 2016. Gage ranks in the top 5% of TP speakers nationally and he and his partner rank in the top 10% of TP teams nationally. He enjoys mentoring beginners and is looking to serving at DFW Speech & Debate camps this summer!

Anna Russell

Anna Russell

Anna Russell is a rising high school senior with five years of competitive speech and debate experience. Throughout those five years, she has consistently placed and qualified to the regional championship in many different speech categories. Anna’s most notable accomplishments are original interpretation champion at the 2018 Memphis qualifier, along with a top three placement in original interpretation at three other tournaments throughout the 2018 season. She has also enjoyed competing in Lincoln Douglas debate for the past three years, placing in the top four multiple times and qualifying to the Regional Championship all three years. Anna has had a wonderful experience as a student at DFW Speech and Debate camps in the past, and is very excited to join them as an intern this summer. She is looking forward to using the skills that she has developed in competitive forensics to help students strengthen their ability to communicate skillfully and confidently.

Ellen Taylor

Ellen Taylor

Ellen Taylor is a rising high school senior and has competed in speech and debate for five years. Her top accomplishments include 3rd place in Policy Debate at the 2015 National Championship, 2nd Place Policy Debate at the 2016 Regional Championship, 1st place Policy Debate at both the 2017 Brenham and Duncanville Qualifiers, qualifying to the National Championship in Apologetics, Biographical Narrative, Impromptu, and placing as a finalist at the National Championship in Extemporaneous Speaking. Ellen has earned many titles in speech competition including 3rd in Impromptu at the 2017 WA National Open, 1st place in Biographical Narrative at the Brenham and Duncanville Qualifiers, and 6 top 3 finishes in Extemporaneous speaking including 1st place at the 2018 North Carolina National Open. Outside of speech and debate competition, Ellen enjoys playing the piano, reading, and discussing politics. She loves speech and debate and currently serves as the debate coach at her local club. She enjoys helping students learn to truly love public speaking and debate, and looks forward to being able to work with them at camps this summer!

Austin Walters

Austin Walters

Austin Walters is a high school senior with 4 years of speech and debate experience. He has qualified to Regional and National Championships in speech as well as Lincoln Douglas (LD) debate. Notable accomplishments include 2018 LD Debate Finalist at the Winter Park Qualifier, 2017 LD Debate Finalist at the Savannah Qualifier, 6th place in LD debater at the 2017 Region VIII Championship, and 2nd place LD debater at the 2017 Savannah Qualifier.  Notable speech accomplishments include National Qualifications in Biographical Narrative and Impromptu speeches, 5th place Biographical Narrative at the 2017 Savannah Qualifier, Informative speech finalist at the 2017 Boston National Open, Impromptu Semifinalist at the 2017 Boston National Open, 4th place Duo Interpretation at the 2016 Columbia Qualifier, and Impromptu Semifinalist at the 2016 Jonesboro Qualifier. Austin currently attends Kennesaw State University in a Dual Enrollment program.  After his high school graduation, he plans to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and then begin working toward a degree in Law.  In his spare time, Austin enjoys rock climbing, running cross country, Ultimate Frisbee, and playing video games with friends. For the past 2 years, Austin has worked as a student coach for an Atlanta area speech and debate club. He enjoys helping other students reach their goals and looks forward to continuing his work with speech and debate students this summer!

Abigail Wilson

Abigail Wilson

Abigail Wilson is a sophomore in high school with two years of Team Policy debate experience. Both years of competition she qualified for the Regional Championship. Notable speech achievements are 6th in Duo Interpretation and 11th in Apologetics, qualifying for the 2018 Regional Championship. In debate, Abigail qualified for the same championship by placing 7th place in Team Policy at the Oklahoma Qualifier. Having previously participated in a DFW Speech & Debate camp, Abigail is excited to serve as an intern. She hopes to strengthen her teaching skills while imparting what she has learned to others. In her free time, Abigail enjoys dancing, arts and crafts, as well as running cross country.

Monica Wingard

Monica Wingard

Monica Wingard will be in her sophomore year of high school this fall. She has competed in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate, as well has Limited Preparation, Interpretative and Platform style speeches. Her achievements in policy debate are as follows: In 2016, she won first 1st place policy debate speaker at the Wylie Qualifier, 8th place in policy debate at the Region IV Championship and qualified for the 2016 National Championship. In 2017, she achieved 1st place in policy debate at the Brenham All-Region Qualifier and again qualified for 2017 National Championship. In 2018, Monica switched to Lincoln-Douglas debate and won 7th speaker at the Wisconsin Open 2018 and 13th speaker at the Dallas March Mixer. In speech, Monica has advanced to finals in Extemporaneous, Duo interpretation, Informative and Original Oratory speeches. She is excited about pouring into students at camp this summer!

Elizabeth Winter

Elizabeth Winter

Elizabeth Winter is a high school senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who has been competing in speech and debate for five years. She has competed in Team Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and ten different speech categories. She has won 1st place in interpretative speeches as well as 1st Place Team Policy Speaker at the 2017 Region VII Championship.  In 2018, she placed 5th in Team Policy Debate at the Region VII Regional Championship and qualified for the 2018 National Championship. Outside of Speech and Debate, Elizabeth is the Captain of the CHEF Patriots Dance Team, Assistant Swim Coach for the Pelican Point WAVES Swim Team, and President of Eta Sigma Alpha National Honor Society. She is excited for another amazing year of speech and debate!

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf has been competing for five years in speech and three years in debate, and has received several distinguished titles. In 2016, he placed 5th in Biographical Narrative at the Regional Championship, and qualified to the National Championship. At the 2017 MA National Open, Peter placed 3rd in Impromptu, and 3rd in Persuasive speaking. Since then, he has placed in the top three in Impromptu speaking four times. Peter has won Extemporaneous speaking multiple times, the most recent being 1st place at the 2018 Lancaster March Mixer.  His main passion, however, is Team Policy debate. In his novice year, Peter qualified to the semi-final round of Team Policy at three of the four qualifiers held in his region. In 2017, Peter placed 2nd in Team Policy debate at two qualifying tournaments. He also placed 4th in Team Policy debate at the 2017 NC National Open. He has placed 3rd in Team Policy at the Regional Championship for the last two years, winning fourth place speaker in 2018. At the 2018 Wisconsin National Open, Peter won 1st place in both Team Policy debate and Team Policy Speaking. He has received many other speaker awards over the last three years. He also placed 1st at the 2018 Lancaster March Mixer in Team Policy debate, going undefeated. Peter has a very clear passion for speech and debate, and is very enthusiastic about helping others to communicate their ideas in a winsome manner that glorifies God.

Testimonials

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

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)

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.

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

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)

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 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)

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

D. Carleton (FL)

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 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)
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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

M. Osigian (TX)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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 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

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 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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 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

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)

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.

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)

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

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 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 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)

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 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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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 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

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)

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 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)

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 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

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)

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)

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)

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.

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

T. Reeves

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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

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

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)

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

J. Trainer (FL)

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)

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)

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

C. Kirby (TX)

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

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)

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)

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 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

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)

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)

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 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

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)

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