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Classic Debate Camp  offers you the opportunity to...

  • work one-on-one with outstanding coaches and former champions

  • connect with other kids who love speech and debate

  • gain the skills you need to reach the next level

  • experience the beautiful campus of Miami University (Ohio)

Classic Debate Camp PF Debater Wins New Mexico State Tournament Again!

Bella Willhite, of La Cueva HS in Albuquerque, and her partner Roland Zhang went 8-0 and won the 2020 New Mexico state title in Public Forum. The NM state tournament was held at Volcano Vista HS in Albuquerque on the last weekend of February. Bella and Roland both attended Classic Debate Camp in the summer of 2018. Bella also won the NM state championship in 2019, but with a different partner, Addy Moore.  Congratulations!

Classic Debate Camp LD Debaters Face Each Other in City Club Debate

Each year, the City Club of Cleveland hosts the final round of Lincoln-Douglas debate in the Northcoast NSDA District and calls it the Cleveland High School Debate Championship. This year, junior Allie Dettelbach  (camper in 2018) prevailed against sophomore Dev Peyrat (camper in 2018 and 2019).  This is the third year in a row that the City Club Debate has been won by a Classic Debate Camp graduate. Last year, Tia Speece (camper in 2017) won the City Club, and in 2018 Isaiah Paik (camper in 2016 and 2017) won. Congrats to Allie and Dev!

Classic Debate Camp Completes the Quest at Ohio State Finals

In Lincoln-Douglas, Clare Abboud (Classic Debate Camp camper in 2017) won the Ohio state championship. Leila Hamdan (2019) advanced to the semifinals and was walked over by teammate Clare. And Tony Liu (2018) reached the quarterfinals. Altogether 29 of the 86 LDers at States and 9 of 16 octafinalists in LD were Classic Debate Camp graduates.


In Public Forum, Classic Debate Camp instructor Rich Haber coached Sasha Haines and Maggie Mills to the Ohio state championship. Mr. Haber also coached the 2018 state champions in PF. Sophie Alber (2018) and Julianna Bragg (2019) advanced to the semis. Two PF teams reached the quarterfinals: the team of Daniel Yan (2018, 2019) and Abraham Paik (2018) and the team of Ananth Menon (2018, 2019) and Marcus Novak (2018). 15 of the 64 PF teams at States had at least one member who attended Classic Debate Camp.


In Congress, Drake Du (2018) won 2nd place, and Jessica Chang (2019) also made it to the final round.

Finally, Classic Debate Camp Director Peter Paik was inducted into the Ohio Speech and Debate Association Coaches Hall of Fame. See more pictures from States on the Tournament Pictures page and watch James Lewis's introduction of Mr. Paik as well as Mr. Paik's induction speech on Youtube.

Twelve Classic Debate Camp Alumni Qualify for 2020 NSDA Nationals


While reports are still coming in, so far, 12 CDC alumni have earned their tickets to Albuquerque for the national tournament. In LD: Clare Abboud, Allie Dettelbach, Sydney Hardern, Tony Liu, Dev Peyrat, and Sarah Grace Shurden. They join Nehal Chigurupati who auto-qualified last summer. In PF: Sarah Hatem and Abby McGowan. In IX: Kyle Boyer and Brady Condon. In Big Questions: Destynn Keuchel. In World Schools: Jane Jusko.

Classic Debate Camp Releases

LD Brief for March-April 2020 

The lead author was CDC instructor Grace Johannes (2019 NSDA LD national champion). It is on the topic of predictive policing and features analytical essays by other Classic Debate Camp instructors, including Eva Lamberson (2018 NCFL national champion) and Nick Protasiewicz (2018, 2019 Ohio state champion). Classic Debate Camp is offering this brief as a free resource to everyone. Click the icon to the right and enjoy!