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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.

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CDC Hosts First Monthly Prep Session


On October 10, 2021, we brought 36 students and 12 instructors back together for our first monthly prep session! In Lincoln-Douglas, we brushed up on our topic knowledge (since we debated the same topic at camp last summer), worked on cases, and conducted cross-examination drills. In Public Forum, former instructor, Aidan Brandt, presented an introduction to cryptocurrency that segued into a fruitful topic discussion. Finally, in Extemp/Congress, we prepared and gave practice speeches to polish our presentation and speaking skills. There was also plenty of time devoted to socializing and reconnecting with camp friends!

We are so excited to continue bringing together our incredible community of alumni and instructors to foster collaboration and cooperation throughout the rest of the season. 

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.   

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.