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Joseph Abell - 3 posts
Joseph was the NITOC Tournament Champion in 2015, and the NCFCA Sweepstakes Champion in 2016. Now he’s the coach of a college team in Dallas and dozens of competitors across Stoa and NCFCA. With an undying passion for the activity, Joseph plans to remain at the cutting edge of speech and debate for as long as possible.
Katherine Baker - 23 posts
Katherine Baker studied team-policy debate for five years before graduating, enjoying much success and qualifying for NITOC in various events. She loves working on debate and sharing her knowledge with others, most grateful for the life lessons speech and debate has taught her.
Taylor Belyeu - 4 posts
This is Taylor’s 6th year of competition in the NCFCA. She has competed in both LD and TP, in addition to Apologetics, Extemp, Impromptu, Informative, and Persuasive, qualifying to Regionals every year and in all categories, and Nationals in LD for three years.
Mitchell Bonner - 4 posts
Mitch is a 5-year debate veteran spanning multiple debate formats with high proficiency in each. His high school proficiency was in Public Forum and Student Congress in the NSDA. Currently, Mitch is a Grove City College Marketing Major and Mathematics/Analytics minor, as well as a parli debater on the school team.
Nathaniel Braswell - 6 posts
Nathaniel has been competing in speech and debate for 5 years, and is thrilled to be writing for the Monument Publishing Team! He enthusiastically believes that debate prepares students to be beacons of truth in a dark and convoluted society. Nathaniel has competed in all 3 forms of debate, including parliamentary, which he placed 3rd in at NITOC 2017.
Micah Chapman - 4 posts
Micah Chapman is a homeschooler from Keller, TX, who has competed in Stoa for 5 years now, participating in all 3 forms of debate, and many various speech events. He has had 1st and 2nd place finishes at various tournaments, and placed 3rd in Parli at NITOC 2016.
Mark Csoros - 24 posts
Mark Csoros is a rising freshman in the Plan II Honors program at the University of Texas. In the 2016-17 season, Mark qualified to NITOC in 6 speeches, LD, and Parli. Going into NITOC, Mark was listed 1st in Texas in Apologetics, Extemp, Mars Hill Impromptu, and LD Speaker ranks, and 8th in overall national rankings.
Rachel Donka - 16 posts
Rachel Donka competed in NCFCA and Stoa for 6 years. Over the course of her competitive years, she participated in 12 different speech events and three styles of debate, ranking highly on the national level. Her NITOC victories include 1st in Lincoln-Douglas, 2nd in Parli, 3rd in extemp, and 2nd in overall national ranking in 2016.
Alexis Dryjanski - 2 posts
Alex is a third year Stoa debater with experience in Team Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Parli. She qualified to NITOC 2017 in LD, DI, and Cold Reading. In her spare time, she enjoys reading the Economist and learning more about politics and the world.
Harrison Durland - 3 posts
Harrison is a ex-policy debater now studying (and occasionally judging) at Ole Miss. He is majoring in international affairs (and soon, public policy) with minors in Russian and intelligence and security studies. He hopes to do analyst work and perhaps later do public policy work or organizational administration.
Joel Erickson - 5 posts
During his junior and senior years, Joel consistently advanced deep into elimination rounds in Lincoln-Douglas debate, including qualifiers, national opens, and the NCFCA National Championship itself. He also consistently placed in impromptu, Apologetics, and Biblical Presentation. Joel is currently a sophomore at Wheaton College in Illinois pursuing a double major in Philosophy and English with the aim of attending law school or entering apologetics ministry.
Jonathan competed in Stoa Speech and Debate for three years. He has won tournaments in parliamentary and team-policy, as well as broken in both events at NITOC. Jonathan has become engrossed in the Speech and Debate world and has become an avid researcher.
Shoshanna Howey - 3 posts
In three years of speech and two of debate, Shoshanna has qualified to nationals every year and holds several first, second, and third place titles, all of which are now usefully collecting dust at the back of her bookshelf. She is eager to see what the future holds as she learns to use these skills with wisdom. When not wandering the halls of a tournament, she loves drinking tea, listening to soundtracks, and teaching adorable young children how to explore our beautiful world.
Chris Jeub - 51 posts
Coach Jeub is owner of Monument Publishing. He authors and co-authors several of the publications, but enjoys plugging other speech and debate talent into key writing positions. Mr. Jeub resides in Monument, Colorado, with his wife and 10 of his 16 children. Over the years, his family has carried five titles in two different leagues.
Jake Johnson - 4 posts
Jake Johnson loves debating and encouraging people to rationally and logically defend their worldviews and positions. He competed in Stoa for six years and placed 1st in Policy Debate and 2nd in Parliamentary Debate at NITOC in 2017.
Drew Magness - 20 posts
Drew believes in the empathy that good communication should foster. All communicators must learn to be open-minded to new points of view while learning to defend truth. As a competitor and coach, Drew fosters this understanding in all he does. Drew has had success with this approach, holding over 25 first place titles and 50 top 3 placements in speech and debate.
Chris Ostertag - 11 posts
Following an illustrious debate career in the NCFCA, Chris enrolled at Grove City College in the Fall of 2016, where he currently holds a fellowship to study philosophy. He coaches for and competes on the Grove City Parliamentary Debate Team, for which he secured a national speaking title in March 2017. In his spare time, he enjoys playing gigs as a member of the GCC string quartet.
Tobias Park - 3 posts
Tobias started competing in Lincoln-Douglas debate with NCFCA in 2014, earning 1st place at the New London, CT (SHINE) qualifier, 2nd place speaker at Regionals, and qualifying to Nationals twice. He’s passionate about debate, but also has a hobby of amateur radio, giving him the pleasure of talking with people from all over the world.
Paul Prentice - 7 posts
Paul Prentice is a high school senior who has fallen in love with debating. He was first introduced to team policy debate 3 years ago as a part of Classical Conversations. In his prior year of debate, he qualified for NITOC 2017 in policy and is hoping to do the same for speech events in coming years.
Nicholas Robison - 15 posts
Nicholas is a fourth year debater with two years of experience in Stoa and two years in NPDA and IPDA on the Grove City College Debate Team. Successes include 1st in IPDA Falcon Classic and 3rd in IPDA Chief Justice Invitational tournaments.
Thomas Sargent - 4 posts
Over the years of Stoa forensics, Thomas has seen many great successes, including champion of expository, humorous interpretation, cold reading and impromptu. His most recent success was placing 3rd in NITOC Cold Reading (out of 225 competitors). But Thomas has experienced success in debate as well, with various LD and speaker awards. And if you were to ask him about one of his favorite debate memories, he’d probably tell you about when he received a perfect 30 speaker points from Mr. Jeub himself.
Shaylea Sawyers - 9 posts
Shaylea is an NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas debater entering her 3rd year of competition. She ranked 17th in Lincoln-Douglas at the NCFCA 2017 National Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s enthusiastic about Lincoln-Douglas debate as a tool to enhance students’ understanding of the philosophies that shape our world.
Sydney Travis - 3 posts
Sydney has competed in NCFCA for over 5 years in a variety of speech categories, regularly advancing to outrounds and iron-manning Nationals in 2017. She will be attending Grove City College next year and will be on the debate team.
Vance Trefethen - 70 posts
Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.
After being a community judge for 2 years, Steven knew he wanted his kids involved in speech and debate, so he started his own club in 2006. LOGOS began with only 6 students, but today averages over 40 from around the Denver Metro area. Steven currently serves on the Debate Committee for Stoa.
Benjamin Vincent - 2 posts
Benjamin secured finalist awards in limited-prep and Lincoln-Douglas at qualifiers, Regionals, National Opens and Nationals itself. His latest and greatest success is 1st Place Apologetics at NCFCA Nationals 2017. Benjamin is excited to continue sharing his ideas with current competitors and future champions!
Coach Mike Wascher is Public Forum debate coach at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida. He has coached at least one PF team to the semi-finals or finals of TOC, CNATs, NSDA Nationals or NDCA Nationals every year since 2009, as well as NSDA National Champions in Public Forum Debate in 2013 and Catholic Forensic League National Champions in Public Forum Debate in 2009.
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