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Anna Baker - 3 posts
Anna Baker competed in speech and debate for six years before graduating. She also enjoyed competing at the national level. She loved researching cases and thinking critically on impactful topics of the day.
Katherine Baker - 35 posts
Katherine Baker competed in speech and debate for five years and was blessed with plenty of success, including three consecutive years of qualifying for NITOC in Team-Policy and Parliamentary Debate. She currently coaches Team-Policy at her local club and runs a speech and debate summer camp with other alumni. She has been so blessed by the skills she learned while competing, and seeks to give back to the speech and debate community wherever she can.
Zachary Beddingfield - 4 posts
Zachary has competed in NCFCA Lincoln Douglas debate for three years, including making it to finals at a national-level tournament and competing at Nationals. He is also qualified to Extemporaneous finals at his regional tournament. In his spare time, he's a runner and a golf player who does some science activities on the side. This year, Zachary is competing in his fourth season of NCFCA Lincoln Douglas debate as a high-school sophomore.
Mark Csoros - 52 posts
Rachel Donka - 32 posts
Jascha Ely-Halliwill - 4 posts
Jascha has participated in speech and debate for 2 years and excelled at apologetics and Lincoln-Douglas debate. He loves to brainstorm and get involved to help people understand the impact in a debate room. With much inspiration, Joscha plans on impacting the lives around him. Jascha has been a competitor for 3 years now. Last season he was blessed with record-breaking year with LD, the most wins in a single season and the most checks as well. But beyond that, his heart is set with all forms of debate as not something to enjoy, but teach as well.
Kirstin Erickson - 4 posts
Kirstin competed in NCFCA in eight speech categories, as well as both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate. She ranked in the top 4 at Nationals in three speech events and advanced to debate finals at five tournaments, three of which she won. Her favorite accomplishment was receiving first place at Nationals her senior year in Impromptu. Kirstin is currently a student at Wheaton College majoring in music and enjoys running her own calligraphy business on the side.
Steven Errico - 4 posts
Jonathan Helton - 17 posts
After having a lukewarm novice year as a sophomore, Jonathan gained an affinity for debate and research. He qualified to NITOC in both his junior and senior years in TP and Parli and won several tournaments in TP. Currently, he is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University studying study Law and Politics. He works as a researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and also with the John E. Talbott & Associates law firm in Henderson, TN. Jonathan believes that there is no sufficient substitute for well-researched knowledge.
Chris Jeub - 112 posts
Coach Jeub is owner and lead publisher of Monument Publishing. He has been coaching since the mid-90s as well as providing the leading source material for speakers and debaters in multiple leagues. Mr. Jeub currently coaches speech and debate at Monument Academy where he also teaches 7th grade English, and he runs a Patreon page for his most recent writing projects.
Naomi Mathew - 11 posts
Paul Prentice - 7 posts
René Schiltz has coached Lincoln-Douglas in Houston for four years equipping numerous debaters to reach NCFCA Nationals. A former professor of theater, René has also coached NCFCA and Stoa nationals finalists in multiple speech events. Her passion is to see students reach their highest potential and to accept that when God opens the door, hard work grounded in Christian living often leads to success.
Alisa Stringer - 15 posts
Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa's favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Kathryn Sumner - 10 posts
Kathryn has done four years of team-policy debate. She and her partner qualified for NITOC the last three years. Research is definitely one of her favorite things to do.
Rebecca Sumner - 10 posts
Rebecca Sumner has been debating for four years. She has qualified for team policy debate at NITOC for three years in a row. All three times, the qualification came within the first three tournaments.
Vance Trefethen - 134 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.
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