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Rich Haber

Instructor - Public Forum

Richard Haber is an award-winning civil trial lawyer in the state of Ohio. In addition, he has has served as the Coach of Public Forum Debate at Chagrin Falls High School for the
past seven years. Mr. Haber began coaching for the sake of his daughter Victoria, but has continued to coach since her graduation. His PF teams have qualified for the Tournament of Champions and the NSDA national tournament. And Mr. Haber coached a team to the Ohio state championship in 2018. Mr. Haber brings a real-world perspective to coaching debate based upon his 28 years of convincing juries as a trial attorney. Whether students go into law or another profession, he believes that the research, writing, and communication skills that they learn in debate will serve them throughout their lives.  

Jacob Tomory

Instructor - Public Forum

Jacob Tomory debated for Canfield High School for four years, the last three in Public Forum. As a competitor, he qualified to states twice and reached elimination rounds at NSDA nationals. After competing, he coached both Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum for Canfield. PF teams and LD debaters coached by Jacob have reached elimination rounds at the Ohio state tournament, NSDA nationals, and NCFL nationals. Additionally, Jacob coached the 2018 NCFL national champion in LD. Jacob is currently a third-year student at Youngstown State University studying Philosophy and Political Science. After college, he hopes to attend law school and/or graduate school in philosophy. Jacob believes that achieving clarity is the key to becoming a great debater, and he is excited to help CDC campers think and speak as clearly as they can.

David Lyons

Instructor - Public Forum

David Lyons competed in Public Forum Debate for Hawken School for four years, serving as captain of the PF team in his senior year. With his leadership, three Hawken teams broke at the 2019 Ohio state tournament and two qualified for the Tournament of Champions. David himself is a two-time state qualifier who reached the semifinal round at states in his senior year. David has also been successful at national-circuit tournaments, advancing to quarterfinals at Stanford, UK, and the NCFL Grand Nationals. Outside of PF, David and his teammates  won the national championship in World Schools Debate at the 2019 NSDA national tournament. WSD has a mix of prepared and impromptu resolutions and requires students to think on their feet. David enjoys debating with a combination of logic, evidence, and humor, and he believes that what makes PF unique is its focus on conversational argumentation.

Kiran Krishnamurthi
Instructor - Public Forum

Kiran Krishnamurthi did Public Forum Debate for University School for 3 years. In his senior year, he served as captain of the PF team. Under his guidance, his team bid out four teams to the Ohio state tournament and four teams to the Tournament of Champions. He broke at several major national tournaments and reached late out rounds at ASU and Stanford. Kiran also competed on the Ohio circuit all 3 years. In his senior year, he won 1st place at the Kenyon College Forensics Classic, and he won the Ohio state championship in PF. Kiran is elated to work at CDC this summer. He can't wait to teach campers what he knows about debate and about leading a debate team.

Nikki Peter

Instructor - Public Forum

Nikki Peter was a four-year Public Forum debater at Vermilion High School. During her career, she served her speech and debate team as Vice President her junior year and President her senior year. In her junior year, Nikki was part of the first PF team from her school to qualify to the Ohio state tournament. She ended up qualifying again and breaking her senior year. She is also a two-time national qualifier in World Schools Debate. Nikki is studying international relations at Tufts University. She attributes much of her debate success to the skills she learned as a student at CDC in 2016 and is now thrilled to be an instructor!

Anish Ganesh
Instructor - Public Forum

Anish Ganesh was a Public Forum debater at University School. He was a four-time state qualifier, NSDA national qualifier, and Tournament of Champions (TOC) qualifier. At the Ohio state tournament, he was a semifinalist his junior year and a quarterfinalist his senior year. Also in his senior year, Anish finished with a 44-2 record in the state of Ohio (with his only losses against other University School teams). Anish believes that debate provides an outlet for community discussion on important social issues and teaches many transferrable skills that can be used in future careers.

Madelynn Einhorn

Instructor - Public Forum

Madelynn Einhorn was a four-year member of the Oakwood High School debate team, competing in Public Forum and Policy Debate. She was a three-time NSDA national qualifier and state qualifier, and she advanced to elimination rounds at both. Madelynn is attending Western Kentucky University, where she is majoring in political science and economics. She is also continuing her debate career on one of the best collegiate debate teams in the country. As a freshman, Madelynn broke at all eight tournaments she attended and won five speaker awards. At the National Forensic Association nationals, she was an octo-finalist and fourth best speaker. She was a quarter-finalist and received top speaker, at the LD Grand Prix, the most prestigious tournament of the year. Madelynn believes that debate teaches essential skills that help students think critically and become better researchers.

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