National Champions in Public Forum and National Runner-Up in Lincoln-Douglas Join Classic Debate Camp™ Staff!
Altogether 7 NSDA/NCFL champions taught at Classic Debate Camp-Virtual last summer
Sasha Haines and Maggie Mills, the Public Forum debaters who won the 2020 NSDA national tournament, were both instructors at Classic Debate Camp in 2020. They joined their coach, Mr. Rich Haber, who taught at Classic Debate Camp in 2019 and is now the PF curriculum coordinator. (See their bios on the PF Staff page.) Shreyaa Nagajothi, the Lincoln-Douglas debater who finished the national tournament in 2nd place and who also won 5th in the LD Speaker Awards, was an instructor in our LD division - which focuses exclusively on traditional LD. (See her bio here.) The other five instructors who are national champions are Natalie Schaller, Maya Arora, Grace Johannes, David Lyons, and Kennedy Hughes. Shreyaa will be our second national runner-up, following Nehal Chigurupati, who won 2nd place in 2019.
Classic Debate Camp™ Congratulates Our Campers Who Competed at the 2020 NSDA National Tournament!
In Lincoln-Douglas, two CDC graduates advanced to round 14: Allie Dettelbach won 6th place (see more about Allie below), and Nehal Chigurupati won 5th. Nehal will be joining the CDC LD staff. (See his bio on the LD Staff page.) Additionally, ten other CDC campers advanced to elimination rounds at nationals this year: Robert Duncan and Destynn Keuchel both made it to the quarterfinal round in Big Questions. Then Robert did even better in Extemp Debate, reaching the semifinals and winning 4th! Brady Condon reached quarters in International Extemp while Isaac Stiepleman reached octafinals in US Extemp. In World Schools Debate, Kunal Ponkshe and Alex Ye advanced to the octafinal round while Jane Jusko advanced to double-octas. In PF, Sarah Hatem and Abby McGowan got to round 10. And in LD, Shruti Gautam and Dev Peyrat got to round 9. Congratulations to all the CDC grads who competed at nationals! We are proud of each one of you!