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Leila Hamdan

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Leila attended Jackson High School where she competed for four years in Lincoln-Douglas debate. She served as LD captain her junior and senior year. Leila qualified to states all four years, placing 3rd in the state in both her sophomore and senior year. Additionally, she is a two time district champion and national qualifier. At the 2022 NSDA national tournament, Leila won 4th place and also won 4th best speaker. Outside of debate, Leila enjoys painting, pottery, biking, and hanging out with her friends. She plans to study political science at Georgetown. Leila is passionate about teaching impact calculus and, after attending CDC in 2019, is ecstatic to be able to return this year as an instructor.


Allie Dettelbach

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Allie Dettelbach attended Hawken School, where she competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate for all of high school. At Hawken, Allie co-captained the LD team her junior year and served as the Vice-President of Debate. She qualified to States her sophomore, junior, and senior years, advancing to octafinals twice and quarterfinals once. In addition, Allie was the 2020 Cleveland City Club Debate Champion. Also, at the end of her junior year, she placed sixth at the 2020 NSDA National Tournament, autoqualifying to nationals her senior year, where she placed fifth.  Allie is passionate about teaching traditional LD debate and has helped teammates of all skill levels to succeed. She is also a co-founder of Ohio for Equity, a student-run organization to combat inequity in the debate community. She is attending Yale University where she is studying history. 


Casey Powell

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Casey Powell attended Cary Academy in North Carolina where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas for four years. He served as LD Co-Captain during 11th and 12th grade. Casey placed in the top 14 at NSDA nationals, qualified to NCFLs three times, and won 1st place at the GMU Patriot Games. Additionally, he is ranked #1 in North Carolina. He has coached at the Triangle Debate League summer camp for two years and assists Beyond Resolved. Beyond debate, Casey enjoys ceramics, thrifting, cross country/track, playing alto saxophone, and creating coffee concoctions. He will be a University Scholar at Duke University in the fall, studying medicine and political science. Casey enjoys teaching targeted debate techniques and looks forward to working with you soon :)


Shreyas Teegala

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Shreyas Teegala attended Beavercreek High School, where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas for all of high school. He served as Beavercreek’s Debate Captain his junior and senior year. He qualified for the Ohio state tournament his sophomore, junior, and senior year, advancing to octafinals, double octafinals, and quarterfinals respectively. He also competed in World Schools at the 2021 NSDA Nationals, where his team placed in the top thirty-two. Shreyas qualified for NSDA nationals in LD in his senior year. He advanced to round 10 and won 7th best speaker. Outside of competition, he is on the leadership team of Ohio for Equity, a student-led organization that works to create a supportive culture for everyone in Ohio speech and debate. Shreyas plans to attend Vanderbilt University, where he is interested in studying neuroscience and public policy. Shreyas was a two-time CDC camper and can’t wait to return as an instructor!

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Olivia DeCesare

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Olivia DeCesare was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She competed for four years in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Olivia was Vice President of her speech and debate team for two years, and President her senior year. Olivia was the District Champion of the Youngstown District her sophomore year and runner up her junior. She qualified for the state tournament three years in a row, finishing her senior year with eight Ohio bids. Olivia has competed at the NSDA national tournament twice. During her junior year, she finished 21st in LD at nationals. Olivia is passionate about debate and teaching others (especially about framework!). She is excited to be an instructor at CDC and to enjoy another lab dinner at Oxford's best Italian restaurant, too.

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Aetan Parmar

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Aetan Parmar attended University School where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate for all of high school. He was the University School LD captain his senior year. In his junior year, Aetan placed at seven tournaments in Ohio and broke at three on the national circuit. He is passionate about round strategy and warranting as well as developing strong cases. Outside of debate, Aetan worked for an engineering start-up and volunteered as a tutor for 7th and 3rd graders. He enjoys playing basketball and watching movies. Aetan attended CDC for three summers as a camper and is excited to return as an instructor and help campers grow this summer. 
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Destynn Keuchel

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Destynn Keuchel attended Hawken School, where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas for all four years of high school. He co-captained the LD team his senior year and was a Hawken tournament director as a junior. He qualified to states three times, becoming the 2022 Ohio LD State Champion in his senior year. Destynn is a three-time Cleveland District Champion in Big Questions and has competed at NSDA Nationals in Big Questions and World Schools Debate, placing 7th in Big Questions in 2020. He is also a National Chess Master and naturally enjoys exploring the strategic nature of debate. Outside of debate and chess, Destynn enjoys making really, really bad puns and hanging out with friends. He is planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall, where he is interested in studying engineering and business. Destynn was a CDC camper in 2019, and is excited to return as an instructor!


Michael Faeges

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Michael Faeges attended University School where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas for all of high school. On the team, Michael always brought everyone together and motivated his teammates to do their best. He qualified for the Ohio state tournament his junior and senior years and was appointed LD captain as a senior. Michael also competed on the national circuit, reaching the semi-finals at the Bellaire Forensic Tournament (Texas) and breaking at several other circuit competitions. Michael is passionate about teaching philosophy as well as round strategy. Outside of debate he enjoys lifting weights, watching movies, and hanging out with his friends. He is currently attending Boston University where he studying international relations. Michael is excited to return to CDC for his 5th year in 2022 (3 years as a camper and 2 years as an instructor).


Zach Paganini

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Zach Paganini attended University School, spending two years in International Extemporaneous Speaking before switching over to Lincoln-Douglas. Zach qualified for states his senior year. While preparation is critical if one wants to succeed, Zach enjoys the unexpected parts of a debate round the most. Currently, Zach is a Junior at Miami University. He's making good use of the skills he learned from debate by competing on Miami's Mock Trial Team. This spring, Zach and his teammates will be competing at the national tournament for the American Mock Trial Association. Outside of academic events, Zach likes to edit videos and is learning 3D modeling. Zach attended CDC for three years as a student, and 2022 will be his third year as a staff member, making him one of the very few members of the elite 6-year club!


Hannah Kim

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Hannah Kim debated for three years in Lincoln-Douglas debate for Medina High School. She was LD captain for two years and the president of her debate team her senior year. Hannah qualified for the state tournament three years and NSDA nationals one year. She attended Classic Debate Camp from 2017-2019. She is attending Case Western Reserve University where she is studying economics and history. Hannah has been serving as an assistant coach for the University School Middle School team. Hannah looks forward to working with campers and sharing her love for LD debate! 

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Katie Blowers

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Katie Blowers competed in speech for one year and debate for two years for Gahanna Lincoln. Katie qualified for the state tournament three times and NSDA nationals one year. She attended Classic Debate Camp in 2017 and attributes a lot of her success to her time as a CDC camper. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in political science, psychology, and global & intercultural studies. She works as a cultural exchange tutor and research assistant. Outside of debate (and work), Katie enjoys hiking, yoga, and taking care of her houseplants. Katie looks forward to working with campers for her third year as an Classic Debate Camp instructor! 


Adele Vergis

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Adele Vergis is originally from North Canton, Ohio, and she competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate for North Canton Hoover High School for four years. She currently teaches AP World History at Upper Arlington High School and coaches LD and Mock Trial. When she is not teaching history or judging debate tournaments, Adele enjoys hiking, reading, and baking sourdough bread. After missing a couple summers of CDC to travel the world, she looks forward to returning to camp this summer and working closely with a new group of debaters.


Isaiah Paik

Instructor - Lincoln-Douglas

Isaiah Paik competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate for four years, qualifying for states three times and nationals twice. In his senior year, he won first place at Perry, Glen Oak, Sylvania, and Bethel Park. He also won the Cleveland City Club Debate Championship. Isaiah served as captain of his LD Team and helped US to qualify 6 LD debaters to states in 2017-2018. At the NSDA Northcoast District Tournament, Isaiah was named Student of the Year. Outside of debate, Isaiah enjoys composing electronic music. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology magna cum laude from Brown University. Isaiah is excited to impart his unique debate wisdom upon the next generation of classic debaters.
Information about additional staff members will be posted as their participation is confirmed.
If you are a high school senior who would like to receive information about joining the Classic Debate Camp staff as an intern, please email us at classicdebatecamp@gmail.com.