Our Summer Camps and Private Coaching sessions are taught by accomplished coaches and competitors! See bios below... 

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 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 is an accomplished communications coach and sales dynamo based in New York. 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 of 400+ people. 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!
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.
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.
 
Matt Rosa is pursuing a Business Administration degree with a minor in History from Liberty University, and has a passion for coaching speech and debate students. He has coached hundreds of students through summer camps, private coaching, and club coaching - helping them to achieve high goals, even into the final round at the National Championship. Matt has competed in Parliamentary, Team Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Moot Court debate at both the high school and collegiate levels. In debate, he has won eleven tournaments (1st place)and has been a semi-finalist in fourteen tournaments. In speech, Matt won fourteen tournaments,including two Texas State Championships. His most notable accomplishments include: 1st Place Team Policy Debate at the 2014 MN National Open, 2nd Place Team Policy Speaker at the 2014 National Championship, 3rd Place Moot Court Debate at Regent University’s School of Law, 1st Place Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the 2015 Shawnee Qualifier, 1st Place Lincoln-Douglas Speaker at the 2015 Wintertime Classic Tournament, and 2015 Texas State Champion in Persuasive Speaking. Matt’s favorite hobbies are playing the piano, boxing at the gym, and spending time with his wife.
 
 

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!

 
Micah Bock is pursuing his degree in Government at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. He is a veteran speech and debate competitor, qualifying to the National Championship for five years and placing 2nd in Team Policy debate at the 2014 National Championship. Other notable debate accomplishments include, 1st place in Team Policy debate at the 2014 WI Regional Qualifier, 3rd at the 2014 NC National Open, and 2nd at the 2014 IL Regional Qualifier. In his last season, Micah placed in the top ten in Team Policy debate at every Regional and National Tournament, placing 3rd at the NC National Open again, and 1st at the OK National Open three days later. He made Region 6 history by winning four Team Policy debate tournaments, three in a row, including the IL Regional qualifier and the Region 6 Regional Championship. He was also 1st place policy debate speaker at the 2015 Boston National Open, the OK National Open, and has obtained several other 1st, 2nd and 3rd place speaker awards in Region 6. Micah's approach to debate involves analysis, and intense focus on communicating complex subjects in laymen's terms. In speech, he won nine tournaments in Duo Interpretation including the Region 6 Regional Championship. His focus in Duo is premised upon taking the mundane and bringing it to life. His record in Extemporaneous speaking also includes numerous 1st place finishes, due to his focus on analyzing why things are the way they are through the lens of history. In Impromptu, Micah has placed in the top 3 eleven times in two years. He has coached many students at camps and at his local club, and is looking forward to helping students excel in competition this season as a private coach.
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.”
 
Elsa Castro is a Paralegal studies major, and piano and vocal performance double minor, at the Honors College of Texas A&M University-Commerce. She competed in speech and debate for three years in high school, qualifying to Nationals all three years. In her first year of competition, she pre-qualified to Nationals in Duo Interpretation by winning 2nd place at the Houston National Open, was named 2012 Duo State Champion, and placed 3rd in Team Policy debate at the Regional Championship. In 2013, she was the 2nd place speaker and 5th place Lincoln Douglas debater at the Alabama National Open, and the 2nd place Lincoln Douglas debate champion and 9th place Illustrated Oratory speaker at the National Championship. In her final year of high school competition, Elsa qualified to Nationals in Team Policy Debate as well as 4 speech events (Impromptu, Apologetics, Duo interpretation, and Persuasive speaking), and advanced to the final round at the National Championship in all 4 speeches. She has coached hundreds of students at DFWSD summer camps, and at her local speech and debate club. Elsa has experienced life-changing growth through her participation in speech and debate. She developed valuable critical-thinking and communication skills, and cultivated a worldview centered on truth. She is thrilled to be able to impart these skills to others, so that they can impact their world by overcoming stage-fright, think quickly on their feet, and speak with passion and confidence!
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.
Mark Csoros is a college freshman and has competed in 4 styles of debate and several speech events in his 4 year forensic career. He has earned 27 first place awards, and been awarded over 130 times. He has achieved the highest level of competitive success, including placing 3rd nationally in Parliamentary Debate, 16th nationally in Motivational Speaking, and being named the Region IV Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking. Apart from forensics, Mark has a background in several contact sports, (wrestling, karate, and lacrosse) and now focuses on submission grappling and powerlifting. Mark’s passion, however, is passing on the lessons he’s learned to the next generation of communicators. He has taught hundreds of students all across the United States how to think clearly and critically, and how to effectively communicate that thought to the world. He looks forward to continuing to pour into his students as a private coach and camp assistant for DFW Speech and Debate.

 

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.
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.
 
Ireland Jones is an accomplished competitor with four years of speech and debate experience. She placed consistently in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debate and won 2nd place Lincoln Douglas Speaker at the 2016 Allen Qualifier. Additionally, Ireland qualified to the 2014 National Championship in Duo Interpretation, and advanced consistently to semi-finals in persuasive and informative speaking. She works full-time as a chiropractic assistant in Argyle, TX where she has the opportunity to host talks with people around the metroplex. Ireland has worked with many students as a private coach and club coach on DFWSD's team. She enjoys helping her students to improve their critical thinking and public speaking skills, so that they can communicate their ideas confidently and persuasively!
 
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.
Haley Lauze is currently pursuing two degrees in secondary education and history at Eastern Wyoming College. She competed for four years in high school in many events including Team Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, World Schools Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Program Oral Interpretation. Throughout her high school career, she won fourteen 1st place titles including the 2015 Wyoming State Championship in Team Policy Debate. She also qualified for the 2015 and 2016 NSDA National Tournaments in World Schools Debate. In her first year on the collegiate circuit, she placed 3rd at the Middle Tennessee State University Invitational in IDPA Debate and 3rd at the Black Hills State University Invitational in Team IPDA Debate. Haley has extensive experience coaching debaters of all skill levels. She spent three years as a peer coach on her high school team, then became a high school coach in her freshman year of college. In her first year as a high school coach, one of her students qualified to the NSDA National Tournament in Program Oral Interpretation. Haley has a passion for teaching debaters to cultivate their critical thinking skills. She loves nothing more than to see her students evolve into confident speakers with a drive to change the world around them, and into distinguished members of their communities!
Emily Leber is the Director of Debate at Belmont Abbey College in NC. She completed a Political Communications bachelor’s degree at Cedarville University in 2014 before continuing on to a masters at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Emily graduated with her M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies. Emily competed in Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Prose and Poetry, Original Oratory, Oratorical interpretation, Congressional Debate, and Parliamentary Debate. She qualified to and placed at the OHSSA State Tournament three years in a row in Congressional Debate. She was also ranked 1st 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 2014, winning 1st place honors and 1st place speaker at several tournaments. During this time, she also assisted in coaching younger team members, helping Cedarville University place 2nd in the nation overall during her senior year. Her coaching career began as a high school assistant coach/captain, then extended to collegiate assistant coach/captain. 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. For the last year, Emily has been working alongside the Belmont Abbey College team, which won the International Public Debate Association National Tournament in the J.V. division this March. Emily enjoys coaching students, from novices to advanced debaters, to help solidify tournament strategies and refine the practical skills which are garnered through debate!
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!!
Noah Lombardozzi is a college freshman with 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 and private coach.  
 
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.
Lauren Marchand is a three year competitive speech and debate alumna and college sophomore, pursuing a degree in Economics and Pre-law. During the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, Lauren worked as a Legislative Aide in the Texas State Capitol where she analyzed policy, wrote speeches, and managed constituent correspondence. She has worked on numerous political campaigns in the state of Texas with a 100% success record including Texas State Senate and Texas State House races. She currently serves as the national Patriot Academy student body Lt. Governor, where she mentors students in leadership and the political process. As a debate competitor, Lauren was a semi-finalist in Team Policy debate and 4th place Policy debate speaker at the Texas State Championship and Policy Debate finalist at the Houston qualifier. She placed 3rd in Lincoln Douglas at the 2013 Texas State Championship and 4th in Informative Speaking and Policy Debate at the 2014 Minnesota National Open. In 2014, Lauren qualified to the National Championship in Policy Debate, Persuasive Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking and ranked 7th in the nation Policy Debate speaking and 14th place Policy Debate Team. Lauren has coached junior high and high school speakers and debaters for three years, serving as the head policy debate coach and currently as the head LD coach for a local debate club. Lauren serves as a public-speaking coach for DFWSD, helping her students grow their communication and reasoning skills.
 
Ian Mikkelsen is pursuing his masters 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 Parlimentary Debate Association Tournament. After graduation, he aided in founding the Belmont Abbey Parlimentary 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. 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!
Chandler Pearson is a rising senior at Liberty University majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Strategic Intelligence. She hopes to use the communication and analytical skills that she mastered in speech and debate competition, to become a national security analyst after college. During her five year forensics career, Chandler competed at the national level three years in a row. Notable accomplishments include 4th place Sweepstakes champion, 4th place Persuasive speaker, and 5th place Extemporaneous speaker at the 2014 National Championship. She also won 1st place Informative champion at the 2014 NC National Open, the biggest single tournament in league history. In her final year of high-school competition, she earned 14 first place titles including two regional championship titles. Chandler served as a student leader and coach at her local club, providing instruction and critiques for limited preparation and platform speaking. She has coached and mentored many students ages 9 to 18 at DFWSD summer speech camps and served as a contributing author for the 2014 and 2015 DFWSD Policy Debate Sourcebook. She looks forward to sharing her expertise with students, helping them to reach their full potential in competition!
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.
 
Annaleise Weir is an accomplished competitor and speech coach. She was blessed with amazing success throughout her three years of competition at both the Regional and National levels. She has won many titles including: Duo and Persuasive champion at the 2009 Arkansas Qualifier, 3rd place Duo at the 2009 Regional Invitational, 6th place Persuasive, 5th place Sweepstakes, 2nd place Impromptu, 1st place Apologetics champion at the 2013 Regional Invitational and most recently 14th place sweepstakes and 1st place Impromptu Champion at the 2013 National Championship. Annaleise was a guest speaker at the 2009 LifeTalk banquet, and is very involved in teaching inner city youth in her community and serves as a speech coach at a local club. She loves imparting her love of public speaking to others, has trained hundreds of students at DFW Speech & Debate summer camps, and also provides private coaching for students seeking to advance their public speaking, speech writing, choreography and delivery skills!
Greg Barry teaches English and History at Trinity School ​at Meadow View, a classical school in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his B.A. in English from Hillsdale College, graduating summa cum laude. At Hillsdale, he was selected to work in the school's writing center where he gained a significant amount of experience coaching college students in the process of writing essays for various classes and departments of study. Greg currently teaches 7th, 8th and 10th grade students at Trinity School, helping them gain the confidence needed to write effortlessly and reason convincingly, especially as they prepare for college entrance exams like the SAT/ACT. He brings a wealth of writing expertise to DFWSD when he serves as a writing tutor, teaching students at the pace that allows them to understand each step of the writing process, while challenging them to higher levels of proficiency in their essay writing techniques.
 
Stephen Sutherland is pursuing his doctorate (Phd) at Binghamton University in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2012 with a B.A. in History. During his undergraduate studies, he studied abroad at Trinity College of Oxford University. His time at Hillsdale College provided him with a foundation in the liberal arts, particularly the humanities, and his studies at Oxford helped him refine research abilities, writing, and critical thinking. Since finishing his undergraduate studies, Stephen has served as an academic mentor for Summit Semester and a private tutor in Writing and History. He brings extensive experience to our coaching team where he serves as a writing tutor, helping students refine their critical thinking skills and gain the confidence needed to excel in school projects and college entrance exams like the SAT/ACT.
 

               

Assistant Coaches

Harrison Bath is a rising high school junior who has competed in speech and debate for three years. Notable accomplishments in Team Policy debate include 3rd place at the 2017 Cleveland qualifier, 5th at Memphis, 6th at Hattiesburg, and 9th place at the 2017 WA National Open. Harrison is the co-leader of the Baton Rouge Extemporaneous club, breaking in Extemp at over 6 tournaments. In 2017, he devoted his efforts to speech and qualified to the Regional Championship in 6 different events including Duo Interpretation, Open Interpretation, Persuasive Speaking, Apologetics, Impromptu, and Extemp. Outside of debate, Harrison enjoys a variety of sports and spending time with his family of 7. DFWSD debate camps have helped him improve his skills over the years, and he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to share his knowledge and skills with students beginning their debate journey at camp this summer.
Taylor Belyeu is a high school sophomore who has competed in speech and debate for four years. She has qualified to the Regional Championship every year that she competed and qualified to the 2014 and 2015 National Championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Her top accomplishments in Lincoln-Douglas debate include 1st place at the 2016 Winter Park district qualifier, 2nd at the 2015 South Carolina qualifier, 2nd at the 2015 Jonesboro qualifier, 4th at the 2015 Regional Championship, 5th place speaker at the 2015 Regional Championship, 2nd place speaker at the 2016 Boca Raton qualifier, 5th at the 2016 St. Petersburg district qualifier, and 2nd at the 2014 Jacksonville qualifier. In speech, Taylor’s top placements include 5th place in Persuasive, 8th in Apologetics, and semi-finals in Informative, Extemporaneous, and Impromptu. In the summer of 2015, she co-taught an eight-week speech class at a local co-op. She has also served as a student leader at her local speech and debate club, assisting in classes and one-on-one tutoring. Outside of speech and debate, Taylor enjoys playing sports at her local high school, including volleyball, soccer, weightlifting, and track, playing the piano and guitar, and occasionally, math. DFW camps have been a tremendous help to Taylor in her own growth as a speaker, debater, and communicator. Taylor is excited to have the opportunity to be a mentor to others, not only in their growth in speech and debate, but also in the communication skills needed for life.
 

John Cavanna is a high school senior with 5 years of speech and debate experience. John has qualified to the Regional Invitational all 5 years of competition and to the National Championship for the past 3 years, earning awards in several events. Top placements include 3rd in Team Policy debate at the 2014 Frisco Qualifier, 4th in Duo Interpretation at the 2014 Pasadena Qualifier, 1st in Thematic Interpretation at the 2014 Wylie Qualifier, 1st in Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate at two consecutive tournaments (the 2015 Frisco and Wylie Qualifiers), 2nd place LD debate speaker award at the 2015 Wylie Qualifier, and 1st place LD debate speaker at the 2015 Regional Championship. In speech, John placed 5th in Apologetics, 4th in Extemporaneous, 1st in Impromptu, and 3rd in IE Sweepstakes at the 2014 Wylie Qualifier. In 2016, he 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. John is very excited to have an opportunity to share his passion for speech and debate with students this season!

Cailin Chenault is a rising high school senior with four years of forensics experience. She has experienced great success in her career, advancing to the Regional Championship all four years, and to the National Championship the last three years. In 2016, Cailin was the Sweepstakes Champion at 4 consecutive tournaments, including a National Open and 3 Regional Qualifiers. She received a 1st place ranking in each of her five speeches at various tournaments in 2016, including 1st place in Persuasive and Apologetics at the Regional Championship. In 2017, Cailin was the Sweepstakes Champion at 3 Regional Qualifiers and the Regional Sweepstakes Championship. She received 1st place rankings in Impromptu, Apologetics, Biographical Narrative and Persuasive, spread out over five tournaments, including 1st place Impromptu and Persuasive speaker at the Regional Championship. She placed 3rd place in Apologetics at the 2015 and 2016 National Championships, as well as 7th place National Sweepstakes in 2016. In debate, Cailin and her partner were the 2015 Policy Debate Regional Champions, and advanced to the 2015 National Championship. In 2016, she and her partner consistently placed in the top ten Policy teams, including 1st place at the Wylie Qualifier, and qualifying to Nationals that year. In Lincoln Douglas debate in 2017, she advanced at four tournaments, placed 9th at the Regional Championship, and qualified for the National Championship. Aside from speech and debate, Cailin enjoys doing missions work with her church and reading. She has a passion for helping others develop their public speaking skills, so they can make the best use of the platforms that they are given in life!

 
Megan Dedon is rising high school senior and has competed in speech and debate for five 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. After enjoying coaching students at her local speech club, Megan decided to strengthen her skills in communication and leadership by applying for an internship with DFWSD. She is looking forward to using the knowledge and expertise that she has gained from competition, to help students improve their confidence and communication skills. Outside of speech and debate, Megan enjoys music and photography.
Matthew Dena has competed in three forms of debate: Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary, and he has qualified for the national championship in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas. At local tournaments, Matthew has placed in the top ten competitors and in the top eight speakers multiple times for both Lincoln Douglas and Team Policy. He enjoys mentoring others in the foundational knowledge needed for debate. This year he is excited to impart his love for debate to others at DFW Speech & Debate summer camps, and to further develop his own leadership skills, while pursuing higher education and a career in public service.

Brandon Denney is a rising high-school junior with three years of competition experience. For the past two years, he has qualified to the Regional level in Policy debate and five different speech events. In 2016, he qualified to the National Championship in Apologetics. The following year, he qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Apologetics, Biblical Presentation, Informative, and Policy debate. Notable achievements include 2nd place in Informative, 3rd place in Apologetics, 3rd place in Extemporaneous, and 4th place in Duo Interpretation at the 2017 Duncanville Qualifier; 1st place in Biblical Presentation at the 2017 Dallas Qualifier; and 1st place Policy debate speaker and 3rd place in Policy debate at the 2017 Region 4 Championship. Outside of speech and debate, Brandon enjoys serving at his church, reading any book that he can get his hands on, participating as an attorney at his local Teen Court, and competing in cybersecurity competitions. He has a passion for helping others along their journey through speech and debate, and is excited to do so this summer!

 

Datiya Erdner is a Datiya Erdner is a rising college freshman with 5 years of speech and debate experience.
Throughout her speech and debate career she has consistently advanced in policy debate and a wide variety of speeches. In 2016, Datiya took 7 different speech events to the Regional Championship, as well as policy debate. In 2017, Datiya placed in the top 6 in Team Policy debate at every qualifying tournament she attended, and placed 1st at the 2017 Nacogdoches Qualifier. In 2017, Datiya qualified to the National Championship in Team Policy debate, Impromptu, Informative, Biographical Narrative, and Duo interpretation. Other notable placings in policy debate include: 2nd place 2015 Conroe Qualifier, and 3rd place 2015 Frisco Qualifier. In speech, Datiya has qualified to the national level in Biographical Narrative, Informative, and Persuasive speaking, and has qualified to the Regional Championship in 10 different speech events during the last few years. Notable speech accomplishments include 1st place Duo Interpretation at the 2016 and 2017 Nacogdoches Tournament, 3rd place Informative speaking at the 2017 Brenham Qualifier, 2nd place Persuasuive at the 2016 Conroe Qualifier, 2nd place Biographical Narrative at the 2016 Spring Qualifier, and 3rd place overall Sweepstakes at the 2016 Conroe Qualifier. Datiya loves to teach, and served as the President of her club during her last year of competition. In her spare time, Datiya plays select soccer and works with horses. She can not wait to share her passion for speech and debate with students this summer!

Joshua Farquhar is a high school sophomore who has competed in speech and debate for 5 years. He has won several first place titles, and qualifed to the National Championship in Apologetics, Extemporaneous, and Persuasive speech, as well as Team Policy and Parliamentary debate. Joshua has also competed in World Schools Debate – an international league which has taken him to tournaments around the world, where he speaks and debates with students from every continent on a wide variety of topics. When he is not working on speech and debate, he greatly enjoys studying foreign languages and culture (particularly Russian), traveling, and reading. Because of his immense love for the rhetorical arts, and his love to see others learn this skill, he is looking forward to working with students at DFW Speech & Debate Extemp camp this summer.
Noah Foster is a high school junior with 5 years of speech and debate experience, qualifying to Nationals in all but his first year. 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. 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 on the DFW Speech & Debate travel team this summer, and mentoring students across the country as they strive to better their critical-thinking skills and succeed in debate and speech competition.
Connor Hall is a high school sophomore with four years of speech and three years of debate experience. Connor has qualified to the National Championship every year that he has competed. In 2016, he competed in six speech events (Apologetics, Biblical Presentation, Biographical Narrative, Duo Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Open Interpretation) at the Region X Championship and placed 4th in sweepstakes. Three of those speeches advanced to the 2016 National Championship, where he advanced to quarter-finals in Open Interpretation. In 2017, Connor received 1st and 2nd place sweepstakes at the SHINE and Granite State tournaments, qualified to the Regional Championship in seven speeches (Apologetics, Biblical Presentation, Duo Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Impromptu, Open Interpretation, and Original Interpretation), and pre-qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Moot-Court debate. He placed first overall in sweepstakes at the 2017 Regional X Championship, as well as 1st in Informative, 1st in Biblical Presentation, 2nd in Open Interpretation and 5th in Apologetics. He qualified to the 2017 National Championship in six speech events and two styles of debate. Connor is extremely excited to serve at DFW Speech & Debate camps this summer because he loves to mentor students. Outside of speech and debate, Connor enjoys playing soccer, coaching soccer, composing songs on the piano, and CADing parts for his robotics team.
Katie Kellam is a rising junior and has been competing in speech and debate for two years. She has always loved writing, and last year, her most notable accomplishment was winning the NCFCA National Short Story Competition. In 2017, she qualified to the Regional Championship in every category that she competed in. She placed 15th in Lincoln-Douglas at the Woodstock Qualifier, 5th in Informative at the Savannah Qualifier, and advanced to semifinals in Impromptu at the same tournament. At the NC National Open, she won 1st place in Informative, and at the Regional Championship, she and her partner advanced to semifinals in Duo Interpretation. Katie is excited to be interning with DFWSD this summer. She has a passion for teaching and is looking forward to helping campers develop their confidence and public speaking skills. Some interesting facts about Katie are that she has been playing piano since she was six years old, and that she and a couple of friends are currently writing (with the hope of one day publishing) their own novel.
Evangelista Lombardozzi is 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. 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 next season.
Michaella Maniscalo is a high school senior and has competed in speech and debate for three years. She has qualified to the Regional Championship in speech and Team Policy debate every year and qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Team Policy debate, Illustrated Oratory, and Impromptu speaking. Michaella has received many semifinalist and finalist placing for her speeches, including 2nd place in Illustrated Oratory, 4th place in Biographical Narrative, 6th place in Impromptu, and 6th place in Extemporaneous speaking. Her most notable placings in debate include 1st place at the 2017 Conroe Qualifier, 2nd place at the 2017 Lewisville Qualifier, 6th place at the 2016 Brenham Qualifier, and 6th place Team Policy speaker at the 2017 Lewisville Qualifier. Michaella is the Vice President for Team Policy debate and President of Platform speaking at her local club. She loves volunteering at local pro-life organizations, making crafts, swing dancing, and reading. She is looking forward to sharing her love for debate with others at camp this summer!
Courtney McLeod is a rising high school senior with five years of speech and debate experience. She has qualified to the Regional Championship in all of her speech events each year, and qualified to Nationals three times in four different categories (Duo, Thematic, Open, and Illustrated Oratory). Her most notable accomplishments include: placing first in Duo Interpretation at a qualifier and earning 3rd place at Regionals, as well as placing in finals at the 2015 Regional Championship in Open and Thematic Interpretation. It has been one of Courtney's goals to compete in every speech category before graduating. So far she has competed in Thematic Interpretation, Open interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Illustrated Oratory, Biographical Narrative, Persuasive, Biblical Presentation, and Original interpretation. Next year, she plans to compete in the remaining categories. While Courtney is very passionate about speech, she has also competed and advanced in Lincoln Douglas debate for four years and loves the fresh challenges it continues to present. Courtney is thrilled to be a part of the DFWSD Speech camp team this summer, and the opportunity to pour her passion for communication into beginners.

Spencer Min is a rising high school sophomore with 4 years of speech and 2 years of policy debate experience. Since his first year of policy debate, he has consistently advanced at regional tournaments and several national opens. His most notable policy debate accomplishments include 4th place at 2017 NC National Open, 2nd place at 2 qualifying tournaments, and 4th place at the third qualifying tournament in 2017. In 2016, Spencer consistently finished in the top 4 at qualifying tournaments and 12th place at the CA National Open. He has also received several speaker awards in Extemporaneous, Impromptu, and Team Policy, and has qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Policy debate and Illustrated Oratory. Aside from speech and debate, Spencer enjoys competitive archery and playing the guitar. He recognizes that speech and debate is a critical life skill and looks forward to mentoring students at debate camp summer.

Audrey Mirasola is a rising high school senior, who has participated in speech and debate for five years. She has qualified for the Regional Championship every year that she has competed and qualified to the National Championship the past three years. Notable accomplishments include qualifying for the 2015 National Championship in Policy debate and Duo Interpretation, qualifying for the 2016 National Championship in Policy debate and Impromptu, and qualifying to the 2017 National Championship in Policy debate, Impromptu, Persuasive and Extemporaneous Speaking. Audrey has received multiple debate titles including 16th at the 2015 National Championship, 2nd at the 2017 Conroe Qualifier, and 1st at the 2017 Lewisville Qualifier. She has won many speaker awards including 1st place at the 2017 Nacogdoches Qualifier. Audrey has advanced to the final round in After Dinner Speaking, Illustrated Oratory, Impromptu, Persuasive, Extemporaneous, and Duo. She is the President of her local speech and debate club. Apart from debate, she enjoys crafts, swing dancing, and reading classic books such as Animal Farm and The Age of Innocence. She is excited about sharing her love for debate at camps this summer and helping students get ready for the season ahead!

Lindsay Murch is a high school junior with 5 years of speech and debate experience. Notable placings include Open Interpretation Champion, 7th in Duo Interpretation, and 9th in Team Policy Debate at the 2016 National Championship. Lindsay has qualified to her Regional Championship all 5 years of competition, and to the National Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2017, she placed 2nd in Team Policy at the Boston National Open, 1st in Team Policy at the Regional X Championship, and qualified to Nationals in Original Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Biographical Narrative, and Team Policy debate. Other top placements include 1st in Open Interpretation and Team Policy debate at the 2016 Regional X Championship, and numerous other regional titles. Outside of forensics, Lindsay loves musical theater. Whenever she is not competing, she enjoys being on stage. She greatly enjoys teaching others to embrace their public speaking abilities, and is excited to be able share her passion of speech and debate with others at camp this summer!
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!
Graham Sclater is a high school junior with four years of speech and debate experience. He has competed in over 20 tournaments and consistently placed in elimination rounds in both Team Policy, Impromptu and Extemporaneous speech over the past 2 seasons. In 2016, Graham placed 2nd in Team Policy at the Boca Raton (FL) qualifier, 2nd speaker and 3rd place in Team Policy at the Columbia (SC) Qualifier, 3rd in Team Policy and 1st place in Impromptu speech at the Marietta (GA) Qualifier, 8th in Team Policy at the Jonesboro (SC) Qualifier, and 5th at the 2016 Regional Championship. He qualified to the 2016 National Championship in Team Policy and Impromptu speech. Graham has been on the Team Policy Finals stage many times and most recently won 1st place in Team Policy and 1st in Extemporaneous and Impromptu speech at the 2017 Savannah (GA) Qualifier. Other 2017 accomplishments include 2nd place in Team Policy at the 2017 Columbia (SC) Qualifier and 4th Place in Team Policy at the 2017 Woodstock (GA) Qualifier. He has advanced consistently to speech semi-finals all year, and qualified for the 2017 National Championship in Team Policy, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous speech. Speech and Debate has had a significant impact on Graham's confidence in speaking and relating to others, while forging strong friendships and a passion for teaching. Outside of speech and debate, Graham loves to play ultimate Frisbee with his church small group and take walks with his Golden Retriever, Bailey.
 

Gretchen Smith is a high school junior with 5 years of forensics experience. Her most recent debate accomplishments include qualifying to NITOC in Team Policy debate, 5th place in Policy Debate (TP) at the 2017 Nacogdoches Qualifier, 3rd place in TP at the 2016 Nacogdoches Qualifier, and 4th place at the 2016 Spring (TX) Qualifier. She was also awarded the 1st place Policy debate speaker at both the 2017 and 2016 Conroe Qualifiers. In speech, Gretchen qualified to Nationals in Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking in 2017, and competed at the 2016 National Championship in Impromptu. Outside the world of debate, Gretchen enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and helping with her church's youth and elementary groups. She looks forward to encouraging and supporting students as they discover their own public speaking and critical thinking skills this summer.

Adith Srinivasan is a rising high school sophomore with two amazing years of forensics experience. He has qualified to the Regional and National championship in debate in 2016 and 2017. In speech, he has advanced to the elimination rounds in Extemporaneous Speaking at every tournament, finishing 4th at the 2017 Dallas Qualifier. In debate, he and his partner finished 2nd in Team Policy Debate at the 2016 Wylie (TX) qualifier and 5th in Team Policy Debate at the 2016 Allen (TX) qualifier. In 2017, Adith was awarded 3rd place Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate speaker at the 2017 Brenham (TX) Qualifier, and 2nd place LD speaker and 1st place Lincoln-Douglas debater at the Dallas qualifier. At the 2017 Regional Championship, Adith was a semi-finalist in Extemporaneous speaking and placed 5th in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Apart from speech and debate, Adith is actively involved at his local teen court, where he serves as an attorney. At the 2017 TX Teen Court Competition, he and his team of attorneys finished in 3rd place. Adith enjoys mentoring students, helping them to develop their communication and critical thinking skills. He is looking forward to working with extemp and debate students at camp this summer!

 
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, and qualifying to the National Championship in Apologetics, Extemporaneous, Biographical Narrative, and Impromptu Speaking. Ellen has also earned many titles in speech competition including 3rd place Extemporaneous at the 2017 WA National Open, 1st place in Biographical Narrative at the Brenham and Duncanville Qualifiers and 2nd place in Extemporaneous at the Brenham, Duncanville, and Lewisville Qualifiers. In addition, she placed 3rd in Impromptu at the WA National Open. She placed 6th in Team Policy Debate at the 2017 Regional Championship and qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Team Policy Debate, Apologetics, Extemporaneous, Impromptu, and Biographical Narrative. Outside of speech and debate competition, Ellen enjoys playing the piano, reading fiction books, and discussing politics. She loves speech and debate and currently serves as the President of 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!
Beth Traw is a rising high school senior with 5 years of speech and debate experience. For the past 3 years, she has won several Regional Championship titles, and qualified to the National Championship. Regional titles include 1st place in Informative and After Dinner Speaking, and several placings in Lincoln Douglas debate. Her most notable accomplishments include 4th in Informative Speaking, 5th in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and 1st Place Lincoln Douglas Debate Speaker at the 2016 National Championship. Beth is working hard to graduate from high school in 2018 with 3 associate degrees. While free time is limited, she also enjoys working with special needs children, training for triathlons, and taking opportunities to travel. Beth was born with a severe facial deformity and has had to work to overcome several speech impediments and setbacks. Because of that, she says public speaking used to be her greatest fear. However, speech and debate has taught her that with sufficient commitment, we can all overcome the obstacles that hinder us. This summer, Beth is looking forward to building courage and confidence in DFWSD campers, helping them to overcome their fears and enjoy public speaking and debate.
Taylor Walters is a rising high school sophomore with three years of speech and debate experience. She has qualified to the Regional Championship all three years and qualified for the 2017 National Championship in Platform, Interpretive and Limited Preparation speech. Notable accomplishments include 6th place at the 2017 Region XIII Championship in Informative, 2nd place in Open Interpretation, and 6th place in Impromptu speaking at the 2017 Savannah Qualifier, Semi-finalist in Informative at the 2017 Woodstock (GA) Qualifier, Semi-finalist in Open Interpretation at the 2017 Boston National Open and qualifying to 2017 Region XIII Championship in LD Debate, Informative, Open Interpretation and Impromptu speaking. During the past year, Taylor has mentored students as a teacher’s assistant in an Advanced Confidence Speech Class. She also volunteers as a student coach for a Junior Speech Club where she enjoys leading class speech games and activities as well as 1-on-1 coaching. In her spare time, Taylor loves singing, playing guitar, playing piano, song writing, running cross country, playing volleyball and hanging out with friends.  After graduation she plans to attend Belmont University and pursue a degree in music business. DFWSD coaching has contributed to Taylor’s success in speech and debate and she is thrilled to be able to work with them to mentor and encourage students this summer.
Hannah Westfallen is a rising high school senior. She has participated in competitive speech and debate for five years, qualifying to the Regional Championship every year and qualifying to the National Championship the past four years. Notable accomplishments include 12th in Duo Interpretation at the 2016 National Championship, consistently advancing to finals in Persuasive speaking and to semi-finals at the Regional Championship, placing in the top three in Open Interpretation at all of the qualifying tournaments that she attended in 2017, including two 1st place finishes at regional qualifiers, 4th at the NC National Open, and 3rd place at the Regional Championship. Hannah will be competing at the 2017 National Championship in Open interpretation and Lincoln Douglas debate. Outside of speech and debate, she enjoys drawing, painting, reading, spending time with family and friends, and participating in local service opportunities. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help others build their confidence and public speaking skills, so that they can share their own ideas and passions with the world around them.
Caleb Wilson is a rising high school senior who has competed in speech and debate for six years. He has qualified to the Regional Championship every year and to the National Championship three of those years. Caleb has competed in a wide range of speech events after-dinner speaking and Apologetics. In 2016, he won 1st place at the Regional Championship in Duo and 1st place in Team Policy debate. In 2017, Caleb placed 1st in Team Policy debate at the Savannah Qualifier, 2nd place at the 2017 Columbia (SC) Qualifier, 4th Place at the Woodstock (GA) Qualifier, and qualified to the 2017 National Championship in Team Policy debate.This year, Caleb had the honor of becoming the debate coach for his local club, Logos. Outside of speech and debate, he enjoys playing soccer for his high school, playing guitar in his youth group, and anything involving water. And he's very excited to pass on his knowledge of debate and speech to the next generation at camps this summer.
Mattie Winburn is a high-school junior with three years of competition experience. Her greatest accomplishments in speech include winning the 2016 Regional Championship with her duo partner, consistently placing in the top 3 in all of her interpretive speeches, and progressing to finals at Nationals two consecutive years in Interps, placing 4th in Humorous, 7th in Open and semi-finals in Duo. In debate, Mattie placed 3rd in Lincoln Douglas debate (LD) at the 2016 Regional Championship, qualified to the 2016 National Championship and took 3rd and 4th place at several qualifying tournaments. When not competing in speech and debate, Mattie enjoys both community and competitive theater, as well as spending quality time with her friends and family. She is excited about the opportunity to serve as an intern for DFWSD speech camps because she believes DFWSD provides exceptional tools for sharpening one's critical thinking and communication skills. Additionally, she thoroughly enjoys speech and debate and loves to help others who are also pursuing excellence in this area! 
Peter Wolf has been competing for four years in speech and two 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. In 2017, Peter won Extemporaneous speaking at the New London Qualifier, and placed 2nd in Extemporaneous at the New Hampshire Qualifier. At the 2017 MA National Open, Peter placed 3rd in Impromptu, and 3rd in Persuasive speaking. Other notable achievements include 9th place in Lincoln Douglas debate and 2nd place Lincoln Douglas Speaker at the Three Rivers Qualifier. 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. He placed 4th at the New London Qualifier, 4th at the New Jersey Qualifier, and 3rd at the Massachusetts Qualifier. He was also the 4th Place Team Policy Speaker at the Massachusetts Qualifier. In 2017, Peter placed 2nd in Team Policy debate and 3rd place Team Policy Speaker at the New London Qualifier, 2nd place in Team Policy debate at the Three Rivers Qualifier, 4th place Team Policy debate team at the New Hampshire Qualifier, and 4th Place Team policy debate team at the NC National Open. 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.