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Sukhm Kang
Instructor - Public Forum

Sukhm Kang is currently a senior at the University of Chicago, majoring in math. He debated in Public Forum for University School (Ohio) for four years and served as the team captain during his senior year. His accomplishments include Ohio state champion, Blake champion, Stanford finalist, and Bronx semifinalist. Sukhm earned 10 TOC bids over the course of his debate career, and also competed at the NSDA national tournament twice. After graduating from US, he coached students who reached elimination rounds at several national tournaments and qualified to the TOC. After a year off in 2023, Sukhm is excited to return to CDC and meet this year’s PF campers. Fun fact about Sukhm is that he's  a runner and all campers and instructors are welcome to join him on some runs around the Miami campus during the week of camp!

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Bella Willhite
Instructor - Public Forum

Bella Willhite is a senior at Regis University in Colorado studying Economics and Public Policy. In college, Bella competes in British Parliamentary debate, and she and her partner have been recognized as the top team for the Western Debating League (YODL). Bella has won a number of Western League tournaments as well as the Point Loma University’s Sunset Cliffs Classic. In high school, Bella was a four-year Public Forum competitor for La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was PF captain during her senior year. Bella won two NM state championships, going  undefeated both times. Bella is also a two-time national qualifier, in PF and World Schools Debate. FUN FACT: Bella has debated in Poland, Spain, Alaska, and Hawaii… she loves to travel! She traveled to Ohio to attend CDC as a camper in 2018. Then she joined the PF staff for CDC-Virtual in 2020. After a two year break, Bella returned to Ohio for CDC2023, and she is excited to be back again for CDC2024!

Luke Wagner
Instructor - Public Forum

Luke Wagner did Public Forum debate for four years. He competed for Perry High School and was a four-time state qualifier. In his junior year, Luke and his partner Brooke were the state champions. In his senior year, they made it to the final round and finished in 2nd place at states. Luke has also qualified to the NSDA national tournament two times. Luke was the Public Forum captain for Perry his senior year, but he has also competed in every NSDA debate category as well as extemporaneous speaking. Outside of debate, Luke enjoys playing guitar, piano, and drums; he composes his own original songs; and he performs in gigs across Ohio with his  band. Last summer Luke performed a guitar solo that brought down the house at the first ever CDC Talent Show. He believes in debating like a story-teller and is excited to promote narrative-based strategies this summer at CDC! 

Colin Hsieh
Instructor - Public Forum

Colin Hsieh competed for University School (Ohio) for four years, primarily in Public Forum and captaining the division his senior year. He also occasionally competed in Lincoln-Douglas and Impromptu Speaking. On the national circuit, he earned 5 bids, qualifying to the Tournament of Champions twice. He reached late elim rounds at the UK Season Opener, Princeton, and UPenn. Locally, Colin qualified to the Ohio state tournament four times, reaching the semifinals at states his senior year, and he qualified to the NSDA national tournament twice. Aside from debate, Colin enjoys playing soccer, practicing the cello, and discovering new cuisines. Colin will be attending Brown University in the fall, studying International and Public Affairs. After attending CDC as a camper four times, he is excited to join camp this summer as a PF instructor. 

Abraham Paik
Instructor - Public Forum

Abraham Paik was a Public Forum Debater for University School. He debated for all four years, qualifying to the Ohio state tournament three years in a row. He advanced to the quarterfinals twice and won 2nd place at states in his senior year. In addition, Abraham qualified to the NSDA national tournament twice and the Tournament of Champions three times (with a career total of 12 TOC bids). He advanced to the octafinals at the TOC his senior year. Throughout his senior year, one of Abraham's goals was to compete in as many tournament rounds as possible. He surpassed 160 rounds. Other than debate, Abraham loves playing piano and is an Eagle Scout. He is attending Williams College, where he is majoring in music and history and he goes on hikes every week. He attended CDC as a camper twice and joined the CDC staff in 2021. He looks forward to growing the next generation of virtuous victors at CDC. As a private coach, Abraham helped CDC campers Bohan Pan and Eric Fan win the 2023 Missouri state championship in PF!

Becky Walker
Instructor - Public Forum

Becky Walker was a public forum debater at Laurel School. She debated all four years, qualifying to the Ohio state tournament three years in a row. She served as co-captain of the public forum team during her junior and senior year and also served as middle school coach at Laurel. Outside of debate, she enjoys figure skating, going to coffee shops, and hanging out with friends. She is attending Williams College. She attended CDC as a camper for two years. She joined the CDC staff in 2023 and is returning for CDC2024. She loves the collaborative and fun debate environment created by CDC. 

Information about additional staff members will be posted as their participation is confirmed.
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