USA Debate

About USA Debate

Twelve student members of the National Speech & Debate Association have been selected to represent the prestigious 2018-2019 USA Debate Team after completing a rigorous application process.

In addition, 12 students have been selected to the USA Debate Development Team. This group of students will train and practice with USA Debate coaches and alumni to learn more about World Schools Debate.

Since 2013, the National Speech & Debate Association has assumed responsibility for the USA Debate Team, choosing the best debaters in the country to represent the United States in international competition.

Team USA features a highly accomplished and dedicated coaching staff. These coaches have deep roots in the content and style of World Schools Debate and work with the team to acclimate the debaters to the event.

The mission of USA Debate is to join the global promotion of free and civil discourse, foster international cooperation and education, as well as demonstrate competitive excellence and national pride.

Questions about USA Debate? Please contact info@speechanddebate.org.

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Read “Exploring Cultural Competence in the World Schools Debate Community” by Team Manager and Co-Head Coach Cindi Timmons

When the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) began in Australia in 1988, six nations participated: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Over the years, the event has expanded, culminating in 2016 with 56 nations represented at the WSDC in Stuttgart. While debating teams from six continents have been represented, the increasing variety of participants from non-Western nations and the growing diversity of the debaters themselves in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc., means that it is time for the global debating community to examine how inclusive it is and to evaluate its cultural competence as an organization. This paper seeks to address the current state of cultural competence in the organization and how WSDC might become even more inclusive.

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Throughout the school year, The Blake School (Minnesota), Greenhill School (Texas), Harvard-Westlake School (California), Taipei American School (Taiwan), and Holy Cross School (Louisiana) provide invaluable training opportunities for the USA Debate Team. Thank you for your support!

2018-2019 National Team

Ishan Bhatt

Senior from St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Mississippi

Ishan has been participating in speech and debate for four years, primarily competing in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. He has achieved national success, championing the National Speech & Debate Association tournament, the Harvard Invitational, and the Harvard Round Robin. He also placed 2nd at the National Catholic Forensic League tournament and 5th at the Tournament of Champions. Ishan also enjoys doing volunteer instructional work for speech and debate, providing debate instruction and summer debate camps for his community. Outside of debate, Ishan enjoys quiz bowl, tennis, and playing alto saxophone and piano.

Michael Bole

Senior from A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida

Michael is the president of his school’s speech and debate team and has been competing since his freshman year of high school. He primarily competes in Congressional Debate and World Schools Debate. In Congressional Debate, Michael was the runner-up at The Tradition Round Robin, 5th at The Tradition Tournament, 6th at FFL Varsity States, 7th at Yale, 10th at NCFL Grand Nationals, 12th at Florida Blue Key, and was a 2017 NSDA national semifinalist (House). He has 12 career bids and is ranked 7th in the nation. In World Schools Debate, Michael was the 4th best speaker at the 2018 NSDA National Championship and was the captain of his district team that placed 5th overall. Outside of debate, Michael is the President of A.R.T.S. (Artists Reaching to Society) Club at his school, where he leads various volunteering activities and events to help his local community. Michael also serves as the Treasurer on the Student Government Association and as the Layout Editor for the yearbook staff. In addition to being in four honor societies, Michael is a graphic and web designer and won the NSDA Student Poster Contest twice. He serves as a graphic design intern for the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation.

Maddie Butler

Senior from Fishers High School in Indiana

Maddie is fortunate to have been involved in the speech and debate community for the past five years. As president of her school’s speech and debate team, Maddie has earned a state championship title in both World Schools Debate and Discussion and has competed as a semifinalist at the NSDA 2017 and 2018 National Tournaments. Maddie is immensely grateful to have been a member of the 2017-2018 NSDA Development Team, where she found competitive success with her team as the Blake World Schools Debate tournament champions. When not competing, Maddie explores her passion for accessible education through serving on the Youth Advisory Board for School Safety to an Indiana State Senator and organizing fundraising events through the Shankar-Suburna foundation to sponsor the primary and secondary education of female students in Nepal. Maddie has enjoyed her experiences as a member of her school’s lacrosse team, pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma, participating in the We the People program, and representing her school and state as she learned about the intersection between policy and women’s empowerment at the ALA Girls State and Girls Nation programs. Following high school, Maddie hopes to pursue her interests in international affairs in college to one day practice immigration law. She is grateful for the opportunity to compete with the USA Debate Team this year and expresses her deepest gratitude to the family, friends, and coaches who have supported her.

Anh Cao

Junior from Bentonville High School in Arkansas

Anh has been involved in speech and debate since her freshman year, competing in Congressional Debate, Public Forum, and World Schools. Anh currently serves as the Congressional Debate Captain at her school. Some of her competitive achievements include placing top 16 (20th place speaker) at NSDA Nationals in World Schools, placing 2nd at the Arkansas State Championship in Public Forum as a sophomore, placing 5th at Isidore Newman in Congress, and being the first debater from her program to qualify to the Tournament of Champions, among others. Anh’s passion for activism and advocacy extends outside of debate, as she is the president of her school’s Young Democrats chapter and a volunteer at the Ozark Literacy Council, where she teaches English to non-native speakers. She also enjoys organizing community events through the Crystal Bridges Museum Teen Council. In her free time, Anh enjoys sewing, listening to podcasts, and drinking coffee.

Elyse Dewbre

Junior from Northland Christian School in Houston, Texas

Elyse is a captain of her school’s debate team and has been involved in speech and debate since her freshman year. Although she competes in a variety of events, her passion is Extemporaneous Speaking and World Schools Debate. As a member of the 2017-2018 United States Development Team, she placed in numerous tournaments including the Harvard World Schools Invitational, the Cornell World Schools Tournament, and the Blake World Schools Tournament. In 2018, she championed the NSDA National Tournament in World Schools with her district team and broke at the Tournament of Champions for Extemporaneous Speaking. Aside from debate, at her school she is a member of the varsity tennis team, writes for the school newspaper, The Claw, has leadership roles in Student Council and serves as the president of her class’ National Honor Society. In her free time, Elyse enjoys keeping up with the news, traveling with her family, and volunteering around her community.

Emily Grantham

Senior from Kingwood High School in Texas

Emily has been in speech and debate since her freshman year of high school, competing in Public Forum and World Schools Debate. In her sophomore year of high school, she was one of nine members of the inaugural USA Debate Development Team and is a returning member of the USA Debate Team. In Public Forum, she is a two-time state qualifier and elimination round participant at the TFA State tournament and has advanced to outrounds at multiple national level competitions. Representing her NSDA District in World Schools, Emily has been in finals of NSDA Nationals for the past two years and won the national championship her junior year, ranking in the top 20 speakers. As a member of the USA Debate Team she has represented the United States around the world in Croatia, Germany, and Taiwan, reaching finals at the Alfred Tuna Snider Tournament at Cornell University and winning the Greenhill World Schools Tournament and the EurOpen Tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Over the summer, she was one of the five members of the USA Debate Team chosen to compete at the World Schools Debating Championship, where her team was awarded 6th place and she ranked in the top 40 speakers. Emily is passionate about advocating for women’s rights. When she is not debating, she enjoys being the co-president of her school’s Gender Equality club and being an officer for her school’s Young Democrats and UNICEF clubs.

Jack Johnson

Junior from The Blake School in Minnesota

Jack is a captain of the debate team at The Blake School and participates in World Schools and Public Forum Debate. Last year in Public Forum, he advanced to the semifinal round of the NDCA National Championship and won 7th speaker. He made it to the octafinal round of the Barkley Forum at Emory University as well as the octafinal round of the MinneApple. Jack also broke at several other prestigious national tournaments including at the University of Pennsylvania and the John Edie tournament at Blake. In World Schools Debate, Jack has previously competed for his school, advancing to the octafinal round at the Harvard Invitational as well as breaking at NSDA Nationals. Outside of speech and debate, Jack played on his school’s varsity baseball team as a freshman and sophomore, volunteers with his church to support community relief, and is a contributing writer of his school newspaper, Spectrum. Jack’s favorite way to spend his free time is traveling with his family.

Ranen Miao

Ranen Miao

Senior from Millburn High School in New Jersey

Ranen is a returning member of USA Debate and has been competing in speech and debate since his freshman year of high school, primarily in Congressional Debate. He serves as the president of the debate team at his school and has championed the Princeton Invitational, Blake Round Robin, and New Jersey States, along with placing 3rd at the NSDA National Tournament in World Schools and reaching finals at the Tournament of Champions, National Catholic Forensic League Tournament, University of Pennsylvania, Blake Tournament, Glenbrooks, Ridge Debates, Bronx, and New Jersey states three years in a row. As a member of the USA Debate Team, he championed the Greenhill Round Robin, Alfred Tuna Snider World Schools Debate Tournament at Cornell, International Debate Tournament in Ljutomer, Slovenia, won top speaker at Cornell, placed 3rd at the EurOpen tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, and traveled with the team to Taiwan. Outside of debate, Ranen is an officer for his school’s Key Club, Peer Leaders Program, Young Democrats of America, Make-A-Wish, Gender-Sexuality Alliance, and UNICEF Club, and is an editor for his school newspaper, The Miller. Outside of school, Ranen lobbies for a lower voting age in New Jersey through the Youth Progressive Policy Group, teaches younger students debate at his local Chinese school and middle school, and volunteers for local charities. Ranen is passionate about politics and philanthropy, and in his free time enjoys singing with his school’s choir, binging Netflix, and catching up with current events. He is excited to be working with the USA Debate Team again this year!

Leila Saklou

Senior from Kingwood High School in Texas

Leila has been an active member in speech and debate since her freshman year competing in a variety of events such as Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, and World Schools Debate both locally and nationally. Her sophomore year of high school was spent as one of nine members of the USA Debate Development Team, and she is now a returning member of the USA Debate Team. Domestically, Leila is a two-time state qualifier and elimination round participant at TFA State competition while also claiming numerous victories at tournaments around the country such as the Blake tournament, Cornell University’s Alfred Tuna Snider tournament, and two time finalist at NSDA Nationals. In addition to her domestic career, Leila has also debated across the world in places such as Germany, Croatia, and Taiwan. Over this past summer, Leila represented her nation at the 2018 WSDC where the USA placed 6th overall and she placed as 30th speaker worldwide. Outside of debate, Leila enjoys working as the co-president of her school’s Gender Equality Club and collaborating with charities such as the Global Soap Project, The Pink Fund, and United Against Human Trafficking in addition to currently working with the Todd Litton Campaign for Congress through her school’s Youth Democrats Club.

Liana Schmitter-Emerson

Sophomore from Campbell Hall in California

Liana has been involved in speech and debate at Campbell Hall for three years, primarily competing in World Schools Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Congressional Debate. She was also a member of the 2017-2018 USA Debate Development Team, where she broke to elimination rounds at multiple tournaments, including Cornell, Blake, and Harvard. Some of her competitive achievements include qualifying to both the California State Tournament and NSDA Nationals as a freshman, reaching semifinals at the California State Tournament in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, earning top speaker at the Blake Worlds Tournament, and finishing third in Extemporaneous Speaking and top speaker in Parliamentary Debate at La Costa Canyon. Outside of speech and debate, Liana serves on her school’s Academic Honor board, works as an admissions ambassador, and enjoys volunteering for her local shelter and a variety of other nonprofit organizations that help find new homes for abandoned animals.

Luke Tillitski

Senior from Charlotte Latin School in North Carolina

Luke is a senior at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his first three years of high school, Luke spent the majority of his time competing in Congressional Debate. Most notably, Luke is the 2018 NSDA national champion in Congressional Debate–Senate. He has won five other national tournaments (Glenbrooks, Crestian, Crestian Round Robin, Blue Key Round Robin, and Durham Academy) in addition to placing in the top six at several others, including the Tournament of Champions, Emory, Bronx, and the Bronx Round Robin. In his career, Luke has amassed 15 total bids to the Tournament of Champions and has been ranked first in the nation. Outside debate, Luke loves to sing. Some highlights from choir performances include Carnegie Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and St. Nicholas’ Church in Prague. Being one of two delegates from the state of North Carolina selected for the United States Senate Youth Program and holding the office of senior class president, Luke is eager to lead and serve. When not debating or singing, you can often find him refurbishing an old license plate with his grandfather. He can’t wait for an amazing year with USA Debate!

Brian Zhou

Senior from Greenhill School in Texas

Brian is a returning member of USA Debate and has been active in Greenhill’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate program for four years. As a junior in LD Debate, he won the Tournament of Champions and broke to elimination rounds at the NDCA National Championships, TFA State, Berkeley, Apple Valley, St Mark’s, and more. In World Schools Debate, Brian’s team won the Greenhill and Harvard Westlake Round Robins, while also reaching quarterfinals at Harvard, Croatia, and Slovenia. Outside of debate, Brian is the president of Greenhill’s Junior Classical League, East Asian Affinity Group, Student Council, CALM initiative, and active in other clubs. Brian hopes to apply the skills of debate to improve local communities. He advocates for more comprehensive and representative curriculum, works with younger students, and volunteers at a senior citizen home. In his free time, Brian enjoys watching movies/TV series (his favorite—Roots 2016), playing piano, and hanging out with friends. He looks forward to another year with USA Debate!

Leadership Team

Aaron Timmons

Aaron Timmons

Co-Head Coach from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas

Aaron Timmons is the Director of Debate at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. He is a lifelong educator and in 2000 was named one of the “top debate coaches of the 20th century” by the National Speech & Debate Association. Aaron has coached multiple state and national champions in both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate, in addition to a National Public Policy Forum Champion. Aaron is one of three coaches with champions in Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate and is the only coach in history to have multiple winners in each event. He has taught and/or directed debate workshops and trainings at Harvard University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and the University of North Texas, among others. Aaron is also the co-founder of the Global Debate Symposium, held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame, Tournament of Champions, and the Texas Forensic Association.

Cynthia Timmons

Cynthia Timmons

Team Manager and Co-Head Coach from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas

Cynthia Timmons lives in Dallas, Texas, and has been involved in debate for more than 40 years. Retired from 30 years in public schools where she coached dozens of national and state champions while winning numerous coaching awards, she has also served the speech and debate community in national and state leadership positions, in professional development training, and in summer institute work. In addition to serving as Co-Head Coach, Cindi is also the Team Manager. She is a member of the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame as well as the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She is actively engaged in promoting the cause of women in debate and teacher professional development. Internationally, Cindi is an elected board member of WSDC, Ltd. and a two-term member of the WSDC Tournament Executive Committee. She has also served the international community on the Motions Committee for 2015. Having previously hosted three National Speech & Debate Tournaments in Dallas, she is preparing to host the best of the United States again in 2019. In her spare time, she loves reading and writing. Most importantly, she is a wife and the mother of two.

Read “Exploring Cultural Competence in the World Schools Debate Community” by USA Debate Team Manager and Co-Head Coach Cindi Timmons

Dr. Sandra Berkowitz

Dr. Sandra J. Berkowitz

Assistant Coach from The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sandy Berkowitz is an Assistant Debate Coach at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also been a college professor of Communication Studies, where her research interests include the connections between debate and critical thinking, gender and social practices, and critical cultural discourses. Sandy has coached for more than 30 years and is a recipient of the 2015 Minnesota Coach of the Year Award. She has coached at both the high school and college levels and has had award-winning students in Public Forum, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Congressional Debate, as well as Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative, and Rhetorical Criticism. Sandy has taught and/or directed at several summer workshops including those at Harvard, Dartmouth, the University of Southern California, and Wayne State University.

R. Shane Stafford

Shane Stafford

Assistant Coach from The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shane Stafford is the Director of Debate at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has coached for more than 30 years in all debate and speech events with multiple national and state champions and finalists in Public Forum, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Congressional Debate as well as Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking. Shane is the recipient of many awards, including the 2015 Minnesota Coach of the Year. Shane has coached at both the high school and university levels of competitive debate. He has taught and/or directed at several summer workshops, including those at Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.

In Memoriam

Dr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider In Memoriam

Dr. Alfred “Tuna” Snider

Former Coach from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont

Dr. Snider was the Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Forensics at the University of Vermont. He had degrees from Brown University, Emerson College, and the University of Kansas. He taught courses in debate, argumentation, persuasion, and rhetorical analysis. He was the Director of the World Debate Institute and the Lawrence Debate Union. Dr. Snider conducted formal debate training in more than 40 countries and trained debaters from more than 55 nations. Dr. Snider published six books on debating in the last seven years and during his career edited or wrote more than 50 volumes about debating and for debaters.

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2017-2018 Tentative Calendar – National Team

September 2017
  • 13-17 – Greenhill – Dallas, Texas (mandatory training)
October 2017
  • 27-29 – Cornell University – Ithaca, New York
November 2017
  • 9-15 – EurOpen – Stuttgart, Germany
  • 24-26 – Turkey Training – TBD
December 2017
  • 14-17 – Winter Holiday Open – Zagreb, Croatia
January 2018
  • 11-16 – Harvard-Westlake/Reagan Library – Los Angeles, California (mandatory training)
February 2018
  • Event TBD
March 2018
  • 8-10 – International WS Tournament – Ljutomer, Slovenia
  • 23-25 – Harvard WS Tournament – Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 2018
  • 11-15 – Bluebonnet WS Debate Tournament – Houston, Texas
June 2018
  • 16-22 – NSDA Nationals – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (compete for school if qualified or enter WS division; demo round on June 17 and awards on June 22)
July 2018
  • 3-7 – Mandatory Training for the final five – Colorado College – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 13-27 – WSDC 2018 – Croatia/Slovenia

2016-2017 Tournaments

September 28 to October 2 – training and tournament at Holy Cross School in New Orleans, Louisiana

November 2-9 – EurOpen in Hamburg, Germany

November 26-27 – Turkey Training in Houston, Texas

December 14-19 – Winter Holiday Open in Zagreb, Croatia

January 12-15 – training and tournament at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California

January 16 – Public Debate on Education and Civil Rights at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California

January 17 – Public Debate on Education and Civil Rights at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California

February 9-11 – sparring with international teams in Dallas, Texas

February 21-27 – International Round Robin in Singapore

March 23-27 – Harvard WS Tournament, Cambridge, Massachusetts

June 17-25 – competition and training at the NSDA National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama

July 9-14 – WSDC practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado

July 27 to August 11 – World Schools Debate Championship in Bali, Indonesia

2014-2015 Highlights

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2017-18

Co-Head Coaches: Aaron Timmons, Cindi Timmons
 
Team Manager: Cindi Timmons
 
Team Members:  Shreya Agarwala, Shreyoshi Das, Piper Doyle, Emily Grantham, Ranen Miao, Ella Michaels, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Leila Saklou, Brian Zhou
Alfred “Tuna” Snider World Schools Debate Tournament – Cornell University
1st – Shreyoshi Das, Ranen Miao, Leila Saklou
2nd – Piper Doyle, Emily Grantham, Nikhil Ramaswamy
Top Speaker – Ranen Miao
EurOpen – Stuttgart, Germany
1st – Piper Doyle, Emily Grantham, Ella Michaels
3rd – Shreyoshi Das, Ranen Miao, Leila Saklou
Winter Holiday Open – Zagreb Croatia
Quarters – Shreyoshi Das, Shreya Agarwala, Nikhil Ramaswamy
Quarters – Emily Grantham, Leila Saklou, Brian Zhou
International World Schools Debate Tournament – Ljutomer, Slovenia
1st – Ella Michaels, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Ranen Miao
Quarters – Piper Doyle, Shreya Agarwala, Brian Zhou
*Top Speaker – Nikhil Ramaswamy
*Second Place Speaker – Ella Michaels
Harvard World Schools Invitational
Quarters – Shreya Agarwala, Emily Grantham, Ranen Miao, Brian Zhou
Octos – Ella Michaels, Shreyoshi Das, Piper Doyle, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Leila Saklou
USA Debate Team – WSDC – Zagreb, Croatia
Ella Michaels (Captain), Shreyoshi Das, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Emily Grantham, Leila Saklou

*asst. coaches – Fanele Mashwama and Danny DeBois

2016-17

Co-Head Coaches: Aaron Timmons, Cindi Timmons 
 
Team Manager: Cindi Timmons
 
Team Members:  Aditya Dhar, Gaurav Gawankar,  Ellie Grossman, Colette Faulkner, Sarah Lanier, Josh May, Ella Michaels, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Liz Yount
EurOpen – Hamburg, Germany
Quarterfinalists – Aditya Dhar, Ellie Grossman, Colette Faulkner, Sarah Lanier, Ella Michaels
Winter Holiday Open – Zagreb, Germany
2nd – Aditya Dhar, Josh May, Ella Michaels, Liz Yount
3rd – Colette Faulkner, Gaurav Gawankar, Sarah Lanier, Nikhil Ramaswamy
USA Debate Team – WSDC – Bali, Indonesia
3rd – Colette Faulkner (Captain), Aditya Dhar, Ellie Grossman, Sarah Lanier, Ella Michaels
*asst. coach – Fanele Mashwama

2015-16

Coaches:  Aaron Timmons, Cindi Timmons, Alfred “Tuna” Snider
 
Team Manager: Cindi Timmons
 
Team Members:  Milan Amritraj, Nik Angelopoulos, Sonya Huang, Amit Kukreja, Julia Lauer, Josh May, Nikhil Ramaswamy, Liz Yount, Matthew Zheng
 
Winter Holiday Open – Zagreb, Croatia
1st – Milan Amritraj, Josh May, Liz Yount
3rd – Nik Angelopoulos, Amit Kukreja, Julia Lauer
International World Schools Debate Tournament – Ljutomer, Slovenia
2nd – Nik Angelopoulos, Amit Kukreja, Julia Lauer
3rd – Milan Amritraj, Josh May, Liz Yount
USA Debate Team – WSDC – Stuttgart
Milan Amritraj (Captain), Sonja Huang, Amit Kukreja, Josh May, Liz Yount

2014-15

Coaches: Aaron Timmons, Alfred “Tuna” Snider, Cindi Timmons
 
Team Manager: Cindi Timmons
 
Team Members: Milan Amritraj,  Nik Angelopoulos,  Sara Evall,  Nicky Halterman, Jane Irons, Abigail, Marone, Mitali Mathur, Tiana Menon, Amelia Miller, Jasper Primack, SunHee Simon, Matthew Zheng
 
EurOpen – Stuttgart, Germany
Quarter-finalists – Milan Amritraj,  Nik Angelopoulos, Nicky Halterman, Abby Marone
Quarter-finalists – Mitali Mathur, Jasper Primack, SunHee Simon, Matthew Zheng
International World Schools Debate Tournament – Ljutomer, Slovenia
1st – Nicky Halterman, Jasper Primack, SunHee Simon
2nd – Milan Amritraj, Nik Angelopoulos, Sara Evall
USA Debate Team – WSDC – Singapore
10th place – Nicky Halterman (Captain), Nik Angelopoulos, Mitali Mathur, Jasper Primack, SunHee Simon
6th place speaker – Nicky Halterman

2013-14 

Coaches:  Aaron Timmons, Alfred “Tuna” Snider 
 
Team Manager: Cindi Timmons
 
Team Members:  Nik Angelopoulos, Danny DeBois, Sara Evall, Daniel Garrison, Shania Hunt, Jane Irons, Tiana Menon, Amelia Miller, Lily Nellans
International World Schools Debate Tournament – Ljutomer, Slovenia
1st – Danny DeBois, Sara Evall, Amelia Miller
2nd – Nik Angelopoulos, Daniel Garrison, Jane Irons
Top Speaker – Jane Irons
World Schools Debate Academy – Slovenia
1st – Danny DeBois, Sara Evall, Tiana Menon
Top Speaker – Danny DeBois
USA Debate Team – WSDC – Thailand
Nik Angelopoulos, Daniel Garrison, Mitali Mathur, Tiana Menon

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Applications are now closed.

 

Application Schedule for 2018-2019:

Stage One – April 2 through June 1: First wave of applications. Includes signature sheets and video task – First Proposition or First Opposition Speech on a given motion (see below). Applications are due June 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Stage Two – June 13: Quarterfinalists notified via email. New video task assigned – Third Speech – respond to recorded debate. Videos must be submitted by June 29 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Stage Three – June 25: 2018 NSDA National Tournament auto-qualifiers in Extemporaneous Speaking, Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Congressional Debate and World Schools Debate team members who are rising juniors and seniors and have reached the quarterfinals at the 2018 NSDA National Tournament are invited to apply. Applications are due June 29 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Stage Four – July 13: Semifinalists notified via email. New video task assigned – Reply Speech on a given motion. Videos must be submitted by July 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Stage Five – August 10: Finalists notified via email. Interviews for finalists to occur August 13, 14, 15, 16.

2018-2019 Team announced by August 24.

 

Important Application Reminders

USA Debate Signature Sheet

Before beginning the online application process, students should download the two-page form called “USA Debate Signature Sheet.” You must complete and sign this form in addition to collecting signatures from your Parent/Guardian, Coach/Advisor, and Principal/Administrator. Once you have gathered all signatures, please UPLOAD it on the last screen of the online application form.

Stage One: Video Task – First Speech

Students should also prepare an 8-minute First Proposition or First Opposition speech responding to the motion, “This House believes that the environment is more important than the economy.” Students will be asked to copy/paste the unlisted YouTube video URL during the online application process.

Click here for helpful tips about creating an unlisted YouTube video.

USA Debate Alumni

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USA Debate Alumni – Class of 2018

Shreya Agarwala

Shreya Agarwala

University of Texas at Austin

Shreya debated for Greenhill School and was a part of Team USA in 2017-2018. She is now attending the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Psychology (Bachelor of Science) on the pre-medicine track.

Piper Doyle

Piper Doyle

University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business

Piper debated for Palisade High School in Palisade, Colorado, and was a member of the USA Debate Team in 2017-2018. She is continuing her debate career as a freshman at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business majoring in International Business.

Shreyoshi Das

Shreyoshi Das

University of Pennsylvania

Shreyoshi debated for Flower Mound High School in Texas for all four years and served as co-captain of her school team. Shreyoshi also competed at the 2018 WSDC in Zagreb, Croatia, where the USA Debate Team placed sixth overall. Shreyoshi is currently a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania concentrating in behavioral economics and strategic management. She is very excited to see what the future of USA Debate holds!

Ella Michaels

Ella Michaels

Harvard University

Ella was a member of USA Debate her junior year and captain of the 2018 WSDC Team her senior year. She was the highest ranked American debater at two consecutive world championships and also placed second at both the TOC and NSDA Nationals in Congressional Debate in 2018. She is currently a freshman at Harvard planning to study Social Studies or Government.

Nikhil Ramaswamy

Nikhil Ramaswamy

University of Chicago

Nikhil competed for Plano West Senior High School in Extemporaneous Speaking, championing the MBA Round Robin, Harvard National Tournament, UK Tournament of Champions, and Northwestern Extemp Tournament of Champions. As a three-time finalist in IX at NSDA Nationals and a three-year member of USA Debate, he contributed to the team’s victory in Slovenia and quarterfinals finish at the 2018 WSDC. Nikhil is currently a freshman majoring in computational/applied math and economics at the University of Chicago.

USA Debate Alumni – Class of 2017

Aditya Dhar

Aditya Dhar

Harvard University

Aditya is a sophomore studying Applied Math, Economics, and Computer Science at Harvard University. Aditya competed in Congressional Debate nationally, placing second at the 2017 NSDA National Tournament, and at the 2017 WSDC, where the USA Debate Team made it to the semifinals. He currently competes with the Harvard College Debating Union and writes for the Harvard International Review.

Colette Faulkner

Colette Faulkner

Pepperdine University

Colette served as captain of the 2017 WSDC Team USA in Bali where the team reached semifinals. She is currently majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Political studies at Pepperdine University. Colette will also be debating for the school’s team and plans to volunteer with the Los Angeles Urban Debate League.

Gaurav Gawankar

Gaurav Gawankar

George Washington University

Gaurav debated for Kingwood High School in Houston, Texas, and was a member of the USA Debate Team in 2016-2017. He now attends the George Washington University double majoring in economics and political science.

Ellie Singer

Ellie Singer

Yale University

Ellie debated for The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for four years in Public Forum, achieving domestic success from championing the Glenbrooks to making finals at the Tournament of Champions. Ellie was a member of USA Debate her senior year when the team made it to semifinals of WSDC. Ellie is excited to continue at Yale and can’t wait to see what the USA Debate Team continues to achieve!

Sarah Lanier

Sarah Lanier

Baylor University

Sarah is a current student at Baylor University. She will graduate in 2021 and is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Spanish. Sarah still stays involved in the debate community by coaching students in Extemporaneous Speaking and judging at various tournaments in the Texas area. She competed for the USA Debate Team in WSDC 2017 Bali.

Joshua May

Joshua May

Cornell University

Josh debated with the USA Debate Team from 2015-2017 and represented the team at the 2016 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He continues to debate in the British Parliamentary format, advancing to semifinals at U.S. Western Regionals and reaching 7th novice at USA Nationals. Josh studies applied economics and management at the Cornell University where he enjoys playing rugby and hiking the local gorges.

Liz Yount

Liz Yount

The George Washington University

Liz is currently a sophomore at The George Washington University studying English with a concentration in Critical Theory/Cultural Studies. She was a member of the USA Debate national team from 2015-2017 and captain of the Harvard-Westlake debate team from 2016-2017. During Liz’s tenure in USA Debate, she championed tournaments in Croatia and Singapore and achieved top speaking ranks in Slovenia, Croatia, Singapore, and at the Harvard College Invitational. At university, she is the VP of Policy for GW Students Against Sexual Assault where she advocates for sexual violence prevention and education both on campus and on the federal level. Liz currently coaches the Harvard-Westlake Lincoln-Douglas Debate team and contributes to Global Debate Symposium LD Briefs. In her spare time, she is an avid skincare and makeup enthusiast, often reading Vogue or Into the Gloss.

USA Debate Alumni – Class of 2016

Milan Amritraj

Milan Amritraj

University of Southern California

Milan was captain of the 2016 WSDC Team USA and is currently majoring in Business Administration at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Nikolas Angelopoulos

Nikolas Angelopoulos

Stanford University

Anastasios Nikolas Angelopoulos, Team USA 2012-2016, was the valedictorian and president of Polytechnic School and two-time HSPDP national champion. He competed in WSDC Thailand and WSDC Singapore, where Team USA placed tenth. Outside of debate, Nikolas is pursuing a license for his instrument pickup patent (#8993868), writing a musical, and working on the Argus retinal implant. He now attends Stanford University pursuing a B.S. in Biological and Electrical Engineering and his M.S. in Computer Science.

Sonya Huang

Sonya Huang

Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania

Sonya currently attends the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in finance and business analytics. She captains the case competition team of Penn’s marketing club (MUSE) and consults for the Social Impact Consulting Group. Sonya debated throughout all four years of high school, placing second at the 2015 NSDA Nationals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and was one of the final five selected to represent the USA Debate Team at the 2016 WSDC in Stuttgart, Germany.

Julia Lauer

Julia Lauer

Harvard University

Julia is concentrating in government with a focus in international affairs and security. She competes on Harvard’s Parliamentary Debate Team and consults for the Harvard College Consulting Group. Over the summer, she coached Congressional Debate for the Champion Briefs Institute and the Institute for Speech and Debate, and she will continue to privately coach middle school Parliamentary and Public Forum Debate.

Amit Kukreja

Amit Kukreja

Rutgers Business School

Amit currently attends Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, majoring in finance. Amit coaches Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Success Academy in New York. Outside of debate, he is a member of the investment bankers association at Rutgers.

USA Debate Alumni – Class of 2015

Sara Evall

Sara Evall

Duke University

Sara is a Program II major in Refugee and Migrant Studies. Outside of her time on the Duke debate team, she works as a student researcher in the Kenan Institute for Ethics and works closely with the refugee community in Durham. She recently conducted fieldwork in Amman, Jordan, on the refugee crisis, and will be traveling to Nepal, Jordan, and Chile to further her study of human rights this year.

Nicky Halterman

Nicky Halterman

Oxford University

Nicky recently graduated from Oxford University. He led his USA team to octafinals at the world championship and was recognized as the 6th place speaker in the world.

Jane Irons

Jane Irons

Yale University

Jane is a senior philosophy major at Yale University. She is a member of the Yale Debate Association and Yale Model U.N. team. She also volunteers with the Yale Legal Aid Association and interned at the D.C. Public Defender Service this past summer.

Abigail Marone

Abigail Marone

The George Washington University

Abigail is a senior at the George Washington University majoring in political science and minoring in communications. She is a communications associate at Americans for Tax Reform and has been published in The Hill, Fox News online, The Daily Caller, and the Washington Examiner. She has also appeared on Fox News, NewsmaxTV, CRTV, and One America News Network.

Mitali Mathur

Mitali Mathur

Georgetown University

Mitali attends Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is majoring in international economics, minoring in Mandarin Chinese, and receiving a certificate in international development. She interns at the Institute of Development Impact.

Tiana Menon

Tiana Menon

Harvard University

Tiana is majoring in Economics and minoring in Government. She will compete as part of Harvard’s Debate Union and will coach at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Amelia Miller

Amelia Miller

Harvard University

Amelia is studying Social Studies with a minor in Computer Science. Amelia writes for The Harvard Crimson magazine and coaches debate through Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate.

Jasper Primack

Jasper Primack

Boston University

Jasper is a senior at Boston University majoring in Political Science. He serves as vice president of the Boston University Debate Society and as vice president for operations of the American Parliamentary Debate Association. Jasper plans on applying to law school this year.

SunHee Simon

SunHee Simon

Stanford University

SunHee is double majoring in Psychology and African & African American Studies. She will be coaching at James Logan High School in California and is involved in coaching schools in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. She currently debates for Stanford’s policy team and reached the semifinal round at CEDA in her freshman year of college (2016).

USA Debate Alumni – Class of 2014

Danny DeBois

Danny DeBois

Harvard University

Danny graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 2018 with a degree in Social Studies and wrote his thesis on the civil rights movement and the Supreme Court in the 1960s. He served as president of the Harvard College Debating Union and won the World Universities Debating Championship in Mexico with his partner. This past summer, he helped serve as an assistant coach with USA Debate at the World Championship in Croatia. Next year, he will be doing economic research for a hedge fund while preparing to apply for law school.

Daniel Garrison

Daniel Garrison

Loyola University

Daniel is now a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. Majoring in Marketing, he hopes to immediately go into the corporate world and strike a path to the top. His plan is to later attempt to get his masters in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, California, and eventually shift into government policy. Back at home, Daniel is excited to start off his year working to effect change in the almost all-charter school district in New Orleans as a member of Students For Education Reform.

Shania Hunt

Shania Hunt

University of California, Los Angeles

Shania graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from UCLA. She coached Harvard-Westlake School for four years and now is the head of the middle school debate program at The Harker School. In college, she continued debate by competing at nationals for British Parliamentary debate. A proud Houstonian, she enjoys rooting for the Houston Rockets and exploring the California coast.

Lily Nellans

Lily Nellans

London School of Economics

Lily is currently pursuing her Master’s in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Rotary Scholar. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender and ethnic conflict. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2018 with her Bachelor’s in philosophy and international conflict studies. While competing on WKU’s national championship forensic team, she won a national championship in impromptu speaking and reached nine other final rounds in various individual events. Outside of forensics and her studies, Lily has completed research for the International Commission on Missing Persons, interned for Bosnia Initiatives for Local Development, and conducted fieldwork in Kosovo.

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