Our Debate Team

The Summit Debate family is the whole reason for our success and why we have been a favorite choice since 1995. Whether you are coming for Extemp, Interp or Debate, we have a staff that is experienced in high school speech and debate. Our senior staff members typically have at least a decade of experience. We also use recent graduates to keep us fresh with new ideas and approaches. Below is the confirmed 2018 Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas staff that will be working this summer. New additions are added all the time. We invite you to come back frequently and see who is added!

 

Jeffrey Miller is the Director of Speech & Debate for Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.   He has been involved in speech & debate as a participant and coach since 2002.  His teams have reached late outrounds in every geographic part of the country ranging from Arizona State to Emory to Apple Valley.  Jeffrey has coached five state champion teams and two state runner up teams since 2011.  He has qualified more than 50 students to NSDA Nationals in the past eight years.   This will be Jeffrey's fourth summer instructing with NDF and third directing the PF curriculum. 

Jeffrey Miller, PF Curriculum Director

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Lauren Burdt manages the Big Questions Debates at the National Speech & Debate Association and is an assistant coach at Millard North in Omaha, Nebraska.  Since 2011, Lauren has coached LDers to over 20 bids and four state championships. She coached the National Runner Up at NSDA Nationals in 2016. This will be Lauren's second summer instructing with NDF. Lauren is an alumna of the National Debate Forum.

Lauren Burdt manages the Big Questions Debates at the National Speech & Debate Association and is an assistant coach at Millard North in Omaha, Nebraska.  Since 2011, Lauren has coached LDers to over 20 bids and four state championships. She coached the National Runner Up at NSDA Nationals in 2016. This will be Lauren's second summer instructing with NDF. Lauren is an alumna of the National Debate Forum.

Lauren Burdt, LD Curriculum Director

boston | Iowa

 

SENIOR INSTRUCTORS

Mark allseits

Boston

Mark Allseits is an assistant coach at Edina High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He won the Tournament of Champions in 2013 and coached the Tournament of Champions winners in 2016.  This will be Mark's fifth summer instructing with NDF.

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Boston | Iowa

Mollie Clark is an assistant coach at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa.  She has coached two Public Forum State Champions.  This will be Mollie's third summer instructing  with NDF.

Nefertiti dukes

Boston

Nefertiti Dukes is a head debate coach in Chicago, Illinois.  She won the collegiate National Championship in LD in 2016.  This will be Nef's fourth summer instructing  with NDF.


matthew feng

Boston

Matthew Feng is a junior at Duke University and is a coach for Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. He has helped coach teams to late elimination rounds at major national tournaments across the country. This will be Matthew's fourth summer instructing with NDF.  Matthew is an alumnus of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 National Debate Forum.

karina franke

Boston

Karina Franke is a sophomore at Yale University in New Haven, Conneticut.  She was a Tournament of Champions and NCFL Grand National Semifinalist in 2016.  This will be Karina's third summer instructing with NDF.  Karina is an alumna of the 2015 National Debate Forum.

 

tim greenfielD

Boston

Tim Greenfield is the head coach at Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota. As a student for Apple Valley, Tim made late elimination rounds at the NSDA National Championship.  This will be Tim's fourth summer instructing with NDF.

toni heimes

Boston | Iowa

Toni Heimes is the head debate coach at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She has coached three teams to top 25 finishes at the NSDA National Championship.  This will be Toni's sixth summer instructing with NDF.


lyndsey hinckley

Boston

Lyndsey Hinckley is the head coach at Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia.  She has coached five state champions since 2013 in public forum. This will be Lyndsey's second summer instructing with NDF.

Harrison hurt

Boston

Harrison Hurt is a debate coach at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has coached the champions of the Blake tournament and had teams reach late elimination debates at the Tournament of Champions and NSDA National Championship. As a student, Harrison won Harvard, Blake and the NCFL Grand National Championship. This will be Harrison's third summer instructing with NDF.  Harrison is an alumnus of the 2015 National Debate Forum.

 

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Jordann Krouse

Boston | Iowa

Jordann Krouse is a junior at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Jordann will be helping out with our middle school labs this summer. This will be Jordann's third summer instructing with NDF.  You can work with Jordann Krouse during the season on Summit Debate Online.

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Lizzie mccord

Boston

Lizzie McCord is a freshman at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.  She was in elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions in 2016 and 2017.  This will Lizzie's second summer instructing with NDF.  Lizzie is an alumnus of the 2015 National Debate Forum.


Dr. Kip McKee

Boston

Dr. Kip McKee is the Director of Arts and Debate Coach at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, South Dakota.  He has coached numerous State Champions across all events.  This will Kip's fourth summer instructing with NDF.

chad meadows

Boston | Iowa

Chad Meadows is the Director of Debate at Western Kentucky University. While at WKU, their debate program has been the most successful college program winning numerous national championships.   This will be Chad's first summer instructing with NDF.

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Jake Mengarelli

Boston

Jake Mengarelli is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He and his partner won the Tournament of Champions in 2017.  This will be Jake's second summer instructing with NDF.  Jake is an alumnus of the 2016 National Debate Forum.

noAh mengisteab

Boston | Iowa

Noah Mengisteab is a junior at Rice University in Houston, Texas.  While in high school, Noah placed 9th at NDCA Nationals and reached elimination rounds at Apple Valley and Carrollton.  This will be Noah's first summer instructing with NDF.


tim scheffler

Boston

Tim Scheffler is the head debate coach at James Madison Memorial High School and Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin.  Tim has coached numerous state champions in extemp and public forum as well as late elimination round participants at the Tournament of Champions and NSDA National Championship.  This will be Tim's second summer instructing with NDF.

james stage

Boston

James Stage has developed his own research application that is used across the state in Florida.  While in high School, James reached late elimination rounds at Crestian, Nova, Harvard, Glenbrooks and Emory.  This will be James' sixth year instructing  with NDF. James is an alumnus of the 2008 & 2009 National Debate Forum.  You can work with James Stage during the season at Summit Debate Online.

GREG STEVENS

Boston

Greg Stevens is a retired debate coach from Okoboji High school in Okoboji, Iowa.  Greg coached three teams to top 15 finishes at NSDA Nationals.  This will Greg's 13th summer instructing  with NDF.   You can work with Greg Stevens during the season at Summit Debate Online.


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LIZ WOOD-WEAS

Boston

Liz Wood-Weas is the head debate coach at Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, Alabama.  Liz will be heading up the Middle School program at NDF this year.  This is Liz's first summer instructing with NDF. 

Christian vazquez

Boston | Iowa

Christian Vazquez is the head speech coach at Robbinsdale Copper High School and an assistant debate coach at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Christian helped coach the 2017 NDCA National Champions and 2017 Tournament of Champions Runner Up.  This will be Christian's first summer instructing with NDF. 

Drew Young

Boston | Iowa

Drew Young is an assistant coach at Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia.  He reached elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions and NSDA Nationals in 2016.  This will be Drew's third summer instructing with NDF.  You can work with Drew Young during the season at Summit Debate Online.

Junior Instructors

GauRAV ASTHANA

Boston

Gaurav Asthana is a senior debater at Acton Boxborough High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Guarav reached elimination rounds at Bronx, Yale and many others.   Gaurav is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum.

James chen

Boston

James Chen is a senior debater at Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey.  James has qualified to the Tournament of Champions three times.  He won the Harvard tournament and Ridge tournament in 2016-2017. James is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum. 

BARRY CORCORAN

Boston

Barry Corcoran is a senior debater at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nevada.  He has reached late elimination rounds at La Costa Canyon and Arizona State.  Barry is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum.

anshul Joshi

Boston

Anshul Joshi is a senior debater at Acton Boxborough High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Anshul  reached elimination rounds at Bronx, Yale and many others. Anshul is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum.


tyler holt

Boston

Tyler Holt is a senior debater at Starr's Mill High School in Peachtree City, Georgia.  He reached elimination rounds at Blue Key, Carrollton and Sunvite in 2016.  Tyler is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum.

ELISA MCCARTIN

Boston | Iowa

Elisa McCartin is a senior debater at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.  She is a three-time qualifier to the Tournament of Champions, receiving bids from tournaments such as Harvard, Blake, Bronx and Apple Valley. As a both sophomore and junior, Elisa reached quarterfinals at the Harvard tournament. In her junior year, she also won the Blake Invitational and received 14th place at NSDA Nationals, automatically qualifying her to both the TOC and NSDA Nationals in 2018. Elisa is an alumna of the 2016 National Debate Forum.

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honor Mccarthy

Boston

Honor McCarthy is a senior debater at Horace Mann School in Bronx, New York.   She was the 2017 NSDA National Runner Up in Public Forum Debate.  Honor is an alumna of the 2014 & 2015 National Debate Forum. 

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EDEN MEDINA

Boston | Iowa

Eden Medina is a senior debater at Charles Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  She reached late elimination rounds at the 2017 Tournament of Champions and the 2017 NSDA National Championship. Eden is an alumna of the 2017 National Debate Forum.


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RABHYA MEHROTRA

Boston | Iowa

Rabhya Mehrotra is a senior debater at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland.   As a sophomore, she made it to many bid rounds, quarterfinaled at Harvard, and competed at the 2016 TOC. As a junior, Rabhya reached octafinals at Bronx and Apple Valley, quarterfinals at Harvard, and won the Blake Tournament, earning four bids and competing at the 2017 TOC. She also qualified to NSDA Nationals and placed 14th, thus becoming auto qualified for the 2018 TOC and NSDA Nationals. Rabhya is an alumna of the 2016 National Debate Forum.

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inbar pe'er

Boston

Inbar Pe'er is a senior debater at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, New York.  As a junior, Inbar and her partner earned six bids to the TOC - finishing 2nd at the Glenbrooks and reaching quarters at Blake, Princeton and Columbia.  Inbar is an alumna of the 2015 & 2016 National Debate Forum.

CHRISTIAN SHEERER

Boston | Iowa

Christian Sheerer is a senior debater at Charles Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.  As a sophomore, Christian reached quarterfinals at Nova and octofinals at Emory Barkley Forum.  During his junior year, Christian championed the Crestian Tradition (twice) and the Nova Titan, reached Octofinals at the TOC, and finished 11th at the NSDA national tournament.  He is auto qualified for the 2018 Tournament of Champions and the 2018 NSDA Nationals. Chris is an alumnus of the 2016 & 2017 National Debate Forum.

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David zell

Boston

David Zell is a senior debater at The Altamont School in Birmingham, Alabama. As a junior he placed in the top 30 at NSDA Nationals. This year, he won Holy Cross and reached quarterfinals at Laird Lewis and Apple Valley. David is an alumnus of the 2017 National Debate Forum. 


Camp Administration

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Jenny Cook

Executive Director

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Dario Camara

Operations Director

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Steven Schappaugh

Debate Director