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New in 2022: Congressional Debate is expanding
After the success of our minicamp in Congressional Debate, Classic Debate Camp will stretch this program from 5 days/4 nights to 7 days/6 nights. Tentatively, the new Congress program will run from Sunday-Saturday, July 17-23, 2022. It will be led by Mr. Garth Woodson and Julia Bray, our congress instructors in 2021. Check out their bios here.
Also in 2022: Introduction to Public Speaking
Classic Debate Camp is excited to offer a new program next summer. Many school districts used to offer a speech course or even require students to take one. Sadly, public speaking is no longer a part of the curriculum in most schools. This program will be for high school students of all grades and experience levels. It will develop their ability to speak effectively and confidently in the classroom, in their extracurricular activities, and in their future careers. The innovative, holistic speech curriculum will be designed and implemented by Ms. Leslie Muhlbach, an OSDA Hall of Fame coach who has taught speech courses for 20 years. Check out her bio here.
Congratulations to All CDC Alumni Who Participated in NSDA Nationals!
A total of 10 CDC LD debaters competed at nationals, and 7 of them advanced to elimination rounds. Olivia DeCesare, Leila Hamdan, and Carter Kilby all made it to round 8. Shruti Gautam reached round 10. Dev Peyrat and Isaac Stiepleman both made it to round 12, the top 23. And Allie Dettelbach advanced to round 14. Allie's 5th place finish this year means that she made it to the stage (top 6) for the second year in a row. In LD Speaker Awards, Dev won 7th, and Allie won 4th. By the way, Allie will be joining the CDC LD Staff this summer. In International Extemporaneous Speaking, Praveen Kumar advanced to the quarterfinals (top 24). In World Schools Debate, 8 CDC Alumni had impressive finishes: Brady Condon, Destynn Keuchel, Abby McGowan, and Jack Morgenstein all made it to the triple-octafinal round. Lily Meehan, Kunal Ponkshe, and Shreyas Teegala advanced to the double-octafinal round. And Jane Jusko reached the octa-final round (top 16). Additionally, in WSD Speaker Awards, Jack won 11th place, Jane won 6th, and Abby won 2nd! Finally, Classic Debate Camp Director Mr. Peter Paik received his 3rd NSDA coaching diamond. Please email us and let us know about any noteworthy results from nationals that we didn't mention above.
Congratulations to NCFL LD Finalist and Quarterfinalist and TOC PF Finalists!
Lincoln-Douglas debater Emma Blemaster of Hawken School, OH, advanced to the final round of the 2021 National Catholic Forensic League's Grand National Tournament. Also at the NCFL tournament, Jack Morgenstein of Cary High School, NC, made it to the quarterfinals. Emma attended Classic Debate Camp in 2019, and Jack participated in CDC-Virtual last summer. Jack will be joining the CDC-Virtual staff this summer. The team of Marcus Novak and Ananth Menon of University School made it to the finals in the Gold Division of Public Forum at the Tournament of Champions in April. Marcus and Ananth attended Classic Debate Camp in 2018 and 2019.
Congratulations to the 2021 Mississippi and Ohio Lincoln-Douglas Champions!
In the last week of April, Sarah Grace Shurden of Madison High School won 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Mississippi state tournament. She also won 2nd place in Original Oratory and 3rd place in Congressional Debate. Sarah Grace attended Classic Debate Camp in 2019. Her lab leaders were two-time Ohio state champion Nick Protasiewicz and NSDA national champion Grace Johannes. In March, Tony Liu of Mason High School won the Ohio state championship in LD. Tony is the 4th Ohio LD state champion in a row who was a graduate of Classic Debate Camp. Tony attended CDC in 2018, and he was a member of Mr. James Lewis's lab. Mr. Lewis's LD debaters have reached the top 5 at the NSDA national tournament in three of the last four years.
Watch Our Webinar Conversation with 3 Lincoln-Douglas National Champions
The panelists were three of our LD instructors: Natalie Schaller who won NSDA nationals in 2017, Grace Johannes who won NSDA nationals in 2019, and Maya Arora who won NCFL grand nationals in both 2017 and 2019. Watch Natalie, Grace, and Maya talk about their experiences at nationals. They also answer many thoughtful questions from the webinar attendees. To watch the video, click here.