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Registration for CDC2023 is still open! However, our Congressional Debate Division is now full; all new congress registrations will be placed on a waitlist.   

Please note: If the cost of our camp is a concern, please let us know and we will work with you to make it feasible for you to join us this summer. For more info, email us at

Congratulations to the 2023 Missouri Public Forum Champions, Bohan Pan and Eric Fan! 

At the Missouri state tournament, Bohan Pan and Eric Fan were 5-3 in prelim ballots, barely advancing to elimination rounds. But then they defeated the 2nd seeded  team in quarters 3-0, the 5th seed in semis 3-0, and finally the 1st seed in the finals 2-1. Bohan and Eric attended Classic Debate Camp in 2022, the summer between 9th and 10th grade. At camp their PF instructors were Madelynn Einhorn, Sukhm Kang, Abraham Paik, Ananth Menon, and Krish Mawalkar. During the school year, Bohan and Eric debate for LaDue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis.

CDC LDer Sam Bowen Wins 2023 Cleveland City Club Championship! 

Sam Bowen attended Classic Debate Camp in 2020 and in 2021. In 2020, he participated in the PF division, and in 2021, he switched to LD. In Sam's LD lab, the CDC instructors included Maya Arora (2017, 2019 NCFL champion) and Nehal Chigurupati (2019 NSDA runner-up). To watch the full City Club debate round, click here.
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Two-Time New Mexico State Champion PF Debater Bella Willhite Returns to Classic Debate Camp!

Bella Willhite came to CDC from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the summer of 2018 before her junior year. In the following debate season, she won her first PF state championship. Then she repeated as PF state champion in her senior year with a different partner. Bella is also an very accomplished college debater in the British Parliamentary debate format and has debated all over the world. Read more about Bella here

The 2022 Ohio State Champion and 2023 Runner-Up PF Debater Luke Wagner Joins CDC Public Forum Staff 

Last year, Luke Wagner and Brooke Lieser won 1st place in Public Forum at the 2022 Ohio Speech and Debate Association (OSDA) State Tournament. This year, they advanced all the way to the final round at states, but lost that round on a close 2-3 decision. Luke is excited to join the team of outstanding PF instructors at Classic Debate Camp, including Abraham Paik, 2021 Ohio State Runner-Up, and Ananth Menon, 2021 TOC PF Gold Runner-Up. Read Luke's staff bio here. To watch the 2023 OSDA state tournament PF final round, click here
State Champion Coach Rich Kawolics Joins CDC LD Staff!
Rich Kawolics is the coach of the 2023 Ohio state champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate. He served as the head coach of Laurel School in the Cleveland District from 2004 to 2022, before stepping down and becoming the Laurel team's assistant coach for LD. Read his staff bio here. To watch the 2023 OSDA state tournament LD final round, click here

2022 Lincoln-Douglas National Champion and 2023 Minnesota State Champion Hannah Owens Pierre Is Coming to CDC 2023!

At the National Tournament hosted by the National Speech and Debate Association in Louisville last summer, Hannah won 1st Place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, surpassing over 260 other competitors. More recently, she also prevailed at her state tournament in Minnesota.  Hannah competes for Edina High School near Minneapolis. She will be joining our 2023 LD staff along with Katie Jack, who was the 2021 NSDA National Champion and Colorado State Champion in LD. Previous national champions who have taught at Classic Debate Camp include Natalie Schaller (LD NSDA 2017), Maya Arora (LD NCFL 2017, 2019), Grace Johannes (LD NSDA 2019), Kennedy Hughes and David Lyons (WSD NSDA 2019), and Sasha Haines and Maggie Mills (PF NSDA 2020). Read Hannah's staff bio here

So Far, 21 CDC Campers Qualify for the NSDA National Tournament! 

From Ohio, in LD, the national qualifiers are Sam Bowen (2023 Cleveland City Club champion), Divya Shanmugam, and Tristan Williams. In PF, the national qualifying teams are Colin Hsieh and Aidan Krishnaney, Colin Moore and Ben Wilkinson, and Rohan Athavale and Lynn Zheng. In IX, the national qualifiers are Tristan Miller and Jasmine Shone. And in USX, the national qualifier is Guhan Krishnan. Overall three out of the four NSDA districts in Ohio had CDC campers qualify for nationals in all three events we offer at CDC, LD, PF, and Extemp. Additionally, five CDC campers will be on their district's World Schools Team, Arveen Alaeddini, Maggie Chen, Ella Jewell, Steven Kim, Lucy Papini. And in Congressional Debate, our national qualifiers are Abigail Meighen and Hayden Frazee.
From Colorado, CDC LDer Owen Tillman was the top qualifier in the Colorado NSDA District. From Oregon, Wes McGovern went undefeated and qualified in LD at the South Oregon District Tournament. Wes also won 1st place in USX and 2nd place in the Senate, and he will be competing on his district's World Schools Debate team. From Missouri, Elandrea Baker placed 3rd in the Heart of America District and qualified for nationals in LD. Elandrea also qualified in Original Oratory and will be competing in OO at nationals. 

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