Best Academic Summer Camps

Our goal is to enrich the lives of students through public speaking and debate. To do that, we gather expert staff, with a diverse group of students, and select excellent facilities and locations to create fun, safe, and supportive environments.

Capitol Debate Headquarter Staff

    Ron Bratt has given his life to developing debate skills in children because he has seen how it enhances their intellectual growth. He has been involved in creating high school debate and college deba…  Read More »

Ron Bratt

CEO of Capitol Debate

    Diana Crews is passionate about debate. As a former policy debater, she recognizes the value of debate and has worked to provide the debate experience to as many students as possible in her previous r…  Read More »

Diana Crews

Marketing & Student Services Associate

    Brian Fish started as a debater in high school. From his freshman year in 2002 to his senior year in 2006, he participated in various tournaments across California competing in Policy Debate. He accre…  Read More »

Brian Fish

Student Advisor & Outreach Coordinator

    For over 15 years, Victor Gazio has utilized his passion by working with youth organizations. Victor has been involved with Capitol Debate since its inception. Prior to working full-time with Capitol …  Read More »

Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

    Felippe Gazio joined Capitol Debate full time in 2017 as the Contact & Technology Coordinator. Felippe had previously worked for Capitol Debate over summer as a media specialist. He is originally from…  Read More »

Felippe Gazio

Content & Technology Coordinator

    John Gibson joined Capitol Debate in 2016 as a Talent Acquisition & HR Associate. He is now the director of Human Resources. He is passionate about working with people and for people- he believes a co…  Read More »

John Gibson

HR Coordinator

    Nanci Gurgis came to Capitol Debate after a 28-year career in dealer/institution bond trading with a major brokerage firm as a limited partner and a ten-year hiatus to raise her son. She loves working…  Read More »

Nanci Guris

Finance & Logistics Coordinator

    Jacqueline Kelleher has over 6 years of experience in Residential Life and Event Planning. Among many unique traits, Jacqueline is an avid improvisation enthusiast and fine arts appreciator. Before jo…  Read More »

Jackie Kelleher

Marketing Coordinator

    Mackenzie Leveque graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Journalism, while competing in college debate. Though she started college debate with no debate experience, she was ran…  Read More »

Mackenzie Leveque

Marketing and Student Service Associate

    Joy Liesegang is a native Californian and a graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Political Science. She has a passion to help children feel comfortable and confident in who they a…  Read More »

Joy Liesegang

HR Assistant

    Kendall Reid graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior. She has a passion for helping children and teenagers grow and become the bes…  Read More »

Kendall Reid

Administrative and Logistics Assistant

    Calandra Rothrock has a performing arts background and holds her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from the University of California San Diego. Calandra's experience also includes working with yout…  Read More »

Calandra Rothrock

Events & Operations Coordinator

    Iliana Rubin moved from Santa Barbara where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a background in sales and customer service. She loves helping others enhance their communicatio…  Read More »

Iliana Rubin

Marketing and Student Service Associate

Summer Camp Directors

  • Savon Ayodeji

  • Savon Ayodeji debated for 3 years with the Capitol Debate family in high school, advancing to elimination rounds at many nationally ranked tournaments before debating for 4 years at Liberty University…  Read More »

  • Stan Banks

    Director of Forensics for West Orange High School in Florida

  • Stan Banks is committed to giving back to the debate community that provided him with a transformational experience as a student. He believes debate doesn't just teach valuable communication and a…  Read More »

  • Jane Boyd

    Speech and Debate Teacher at Grapevine High School

  • Jane Boyd believes that students need to have an outlet to find themselves and it brings her joy when she is a part of that process. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jane taught theat…  Read More »

  • David Dejesa

  • David Dejesa is the advisor and debate coach of record for the Riverside Speech and Debate Team in Greer, SC. He has twice served as the South Carolina Speech Coaches' Association President and is cur…  Read More »

  • Bob Dolan

    Director of Forensics for Lake Mary Prep, Upper and Middle Schools

  • Bob Dolan's favorite part of helping students learn debate is guiding them toward independent research and thought and helping them discover multiple ways of analyzing a position. Bob Dolan's …  Read More »

  • Brad Hicks

    U.S. History, Government, and Economics Teacher, Williston High School

  • Bradley T. Hicks has been a teacher for 17 years and currently teaches U.S. History, Government, and Economics in Williston, Florida. He holds a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Inspire…  Read More »

  • Chuck McCarthy

    AP American History Teacher at Wall Hall School

  • Chuck McCarthy has held multiple roles at Wall Hall School in Wall, New Jersey from AP American History Teacher to National Honors Society Faculty Advisor to Social Studies/ROTC Department Chairperson…  Read More »

  • Chuck Nicholas

    Co-Coach of Bob Jones Academy Speech & Debate

  • Since 1985 Chuck has coached all forms of debate as well as High School & Middle School Mock Trial. He also directs plays. At the 2016 NSDA SLC Nationals , he co-coached the 8th place South Carolina…  Read More »

  • Gail Nicholas

    Co-Coach of Bob Jones Academy Speech & Debate and Social Studies Department Head

  • Gail Nicholas has coached speech and debate for over 30 years at Bob Jones Academy where she teaches American Government. For over a decade she has served as the district chair for the National Speech…  Read More »

  • Ryan Rigda

    Director of Speech and Debate, Texas A&M University

  • Ryan is currently the Director of Speech and Debate at Texas A&M University where he is working on completing his Ph.D. in communication. In addition to coaching the speech and debate team, Ryan a…  Read More »

  • Terri Robinson

    Speech & Debate Teacher and Coach at Akins High School, Austin, TX

  • Terri teaches at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas where she has been actively involved in the speech & debate community for almost 40 years. Many of her students have advanced to state and n…  Read More »

  • Dan Wadley

    Biblical Ethics Instructor at The McCallie School

  • Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the last ten years. He has taught 36 total years. During his time at McCallie he has served as varsity basketball coach (2006-14…  Read More »

Summer Camp Life & Wellness Staff

  • Jack Berk

    English Teacher

  • Jack Berk teaches 9th grade English at a public school in Nashville, Tennessee. When Jack was in high school, he participated in public forum and policy debates. During this time, Jack serve…  Read More »

  • Hailey Cruz

  • Hailey Cruz earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Education in May 2015 at Kean University. She spent one year oversees in Wenzhou China, where she taught English to Chinese students, …  Read More »

  • Colette Dorsey

  • Colette Doresey lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. She is proud to be involved in secondary education for 26 years. Colette sponsors the Speech and Debate Club at Patterson Mill High School. She a…  Read More »

  • Gabrielle Duboff

    School Nurse at Queen of Angels School

  • Gabrielle is a Baccalaureate Prepared Registered Nurse, proudly raised in the city of Chicago. She currently works as an inpatient pediatric mental health nurse. She has been …  Read More »

  • Belinda Elam

    LPN Nurse

  • Belinda Elam is an LPN Nurse and has been a nurse for 9 years. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in Akron, Ohio where she received her nursing diploma. She is a 1:1 school nurse in the…  Read More »

  • Estelle Johnson

    Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Estelle Johnson is a Bay Area native, raised in the heart of Silicon Valley. In addition to being a Certified Nursing Assistant, she currently attends San Francisco State University for her …  Read More »

  • Christine Matos

    Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland

  • Christine Matos currently works at SUNY Cortland as a Residence Hall Director. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Arts with a major…  Read More »

  • Seanna Meehan

    Director of Nursing, Church Farm School, Exton, Pennsylvania

  • Seanna Meehan has been a nurse since 2009 and received her BSN in 2013. She has practiced in different fields, but for the last five years, she has be…  Read More »

  • Ezinne Ofoegbu

  • Ezinne Ofoegbu is originally from Los Angeles, CA, but she is currently living in Raleigh, NC and attended North Carolina State University as a Ph.D. student studying Higher Education. She e…  Read More »

  • Sylvie Perroud

    Head School Nurse at the French International School in Bethesda, Maryland

  • Sylvie has been a registered nurse since 1982 and has been working in hospitals and schools in France and the United States ever since. When she is no…  Read More »

  • Linda Piraino

  • Linda's background is in pediatric nursing. Her nursing experience includes working as a school nurse, pediatric ICU nurse, and public health clinic nurse. For the past eight summers, Linda …  Read More »

  • Christa Pittman

    Registered Nurse

  • Christa Pittman has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. She has worked in diversified settings to include acute care, long-term care and rehab, home health case management and community he…  Read More »

  • Ajene Robinson-Burris

    Doctoral Student at University of Colorado

  • Ajene Robinson-Burris is originally from Michigan and an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a Philosophy PhD student at the University…  Read More »

  • Diane Russell

    Takeda Pharmaceuticals

  • The healthcare industry has provided an avenue for a plethora of opportunities for Diane to utilize her nursing degree. Her background includes positions in pediatric/ psychiatric mental hea…  Read More »

  • Linda Rzatkiewicz

    Registered Nurse

  • Linda Rzatkiewicz has been a Registered Nurse for 36 years, working at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Rochester in New York. She has done private duty nursing with inf…  Read More »

  • Lauren Scoggan

    5th Grade Teacher at Hirsch Elementary (San Antonio Independent School District) in San Antonio, Texas

  • Lauren Scoggan is originally from Alabama and is an alumnus of The University of Alabama. Lauren has taught 5th Grade at Hirs…  Read More »

  • Bobby Strickland

    Registered Nurse

  • Bobby Strickland has four years of experience as an Registered Nurse with a specialty in Intensive care. Bobby received his Associates degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College in …  Read More »

  • Tracy Tambaoan

    Registered Nurse

  • Tracy Tambaoan has spent 27 years serving as a Registered Nurse in the healthcare field. Much of her clinical background has been in ICU Nursing. Tracy currently works as a school nurse K-8 …  Read More »

Summer Camp Instructional Staff

  • Robert Adanto

    Leads the Film and TV Production Program at NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale

  • Robert Adanto is excited to be teaching at Capitol Debate this summer. While competing for Arizona State University Forensics, Robert became the first…  Read More »

  • Chris Ahern

    12th-grade English teacher

  • Chris Ahern has been teaching 12th-grade English in New Jersey for 22 years. During his tenure, he has been the high school debate team coach while integrating debate into his instruction. H…  Read More »

  • Brian Alford

    Assistant Director of Forensics & Debate Coach at James Bowie High School in Austin, TX

  • When Brian Alford was a competitor in high school, he was a policy and extemp guy. While in college, he had a small company providing judges to tourna…  Read More »

  • Blake Andrews

    Assistant Coach and Consultant for Prosper High School and Plano West High School

  • Blake Andrews competed in LD Debate and Extemp at Parish Episcopal in Dallas, Texas both on the local and national circuit. He was an out rounds compe…  Read More »

  • Hope Arnold

    Communications Major at Duquesne University

  • Hope Arnold competed in Public Forum debate both at Howard High School and Capitol Debate in high school. She is the co-founder and former Public Forum captain of Howard High …  Read More »

  • Margarita Artoglou

    College senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism and minoring in English

  • Margarita Artoglou is a college senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism and min…  Read More »

  • Daniel Austin

    Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Graduate Student at Rutgers University

  • Daniel Austin is a middle school social studies teacher in Piscataway, NJ, where he frequently incorporates debate and public speaking activities into…  Read More »

  • Jessica Beckett

    Secondary English teacher

  • Jessica Beckett, a full-time secondary English teacher, has motivated and prepared students to compete in Model United Nations and Public Forum as a Head Debate Coach for the past year. Befo…  Read More »

  • Daniel Bronson

    High school social studies teacher and debate coach at Dover High School

  • Daniel Bronson is currently a high school social studies teacher and debate coach at Dover High School in Dover, New Jersey. He teachings Advanced Pla…  Read More »

  • Matt Campbell

    Teaches 8th Grade history, civics, and geography in Abington, Massachusetts

  • Matt Campbell has spent seven years teaching 8th Grade history, civics, and geography in Abington, Massachusetts. Matt has been involved in running de…  Read More »

  • AJ Crawford-Kuhrts

    Debate student and Entrepreneurship major at Point Loma Nazarene

  • AJ Crawford is currently pursuing a B.S. in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Before transferri…  Read More »

  • Marty De

    Director of Forensics at Cupertino High School

  • Marty De is the Director of Forensics at Cupertino High School, and previously coached at Mountain View and Los Altos High School. He coached the 2015 Berkeley Round Robin Cha…  Read More »

  • Matthew Doggett

    Assistant Professor and Director of Debate at Hillsdale College

  • Matthew Doggett is an Assistant Professor and Director of Debate at Hillsdale College from 2010-present, Ph.D. in Communication from the University of…  Read More »

  • Boka Golubovic

    Teacher of Philosophy , Logic and Debate at Gimnazija

  • For over 10 years, Bojana Golubovic has been a teacher of philosophy. Currently she works as a teacher of Philosophy and Logic in Serbia. She has been…  Read More »

  • Debby Haren

    Teacher of Debate and Debate coach at Harker Heights High School in Killeen, TX

  • Debby Haren is an experienced teacher and debate coach. She loves working at summer debate camps because it gives her a chance to do what inspires her…  Read More »

  • Katharine Hodgdon

    Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University

  • Katharine Hodgdon is a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University, with a Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship fro…  Read More »

  • Claire Ingelfinger

    Substitute for the Quincy Public School system

  • Claire Ingelfinger is a former high school history teacher who now works with the Quincy Public School system as a substitute teacher. Having coached Mock Trial for eight yea…  Read More »

  • Dana Kiel

  • Dana Kiel is a graduate of the University of Denver, where she studied International Political Economy and traveled with the British Parliamentary Debate team. After graduation, she served a…  Read More »

  • Doug Miller

    Director of Debate, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Anaheim, CA

  • Doug Miller was formerly the Director of Debate at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California. As a coach at Fairmont, Doug lead Fairmont Pre…  Read More »

  • Omar Moore

  • Omar Moore served as Debate Captain & President of the Advanced Technologies Academy Debate Team in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his four years of high school, he primarily competed in Public F…  Read More »

  • Paul Narey

    Debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming

  • Paul Narey is a debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming this school year. Before this, he taught debate in Korea and…  Read More »

  • Ruby Nunez

    Programs and Operations Associate at Denver Urban Debate League

  • Although her focus of study is in the sciences, Ruby Nunez has been involved with the debate community throughout her academic career. While in high s…  Read More »

  • Oliver Parker

    Debate Coach at Spain Park High School

  • Oliver is a teacher and a debate coach at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, Alabama. His teams have reached late rounds at major tournaments and qualified multiple times f…  Read More »

  • Lauren Pauls

  • Lauren Pauls has been debating for eight years and coaching for three. She was the top speaker at the North American Women's Debating Championship in 2017 and has competed at the World U…  Read More »

  • Michael Perry

  • As a member of the Instructional Team at Capitol Debate, Michael Perry is passionate in his desire to help students develop important life skills that will have a positive impact on their ed…  Read More »

  • Gabe Rusk

  • Gabe Rusk has spent the vast majority of his life dedicated to speech and debate. As a debater in high school he won the most competitive national championship in Public Forum debate AKA the…  Read More »

  • PJ Samorian

    Speech and Debate Department Chairperson at American Heritage Schools in Plantation and Boca/Delray Florida

  • P.J. Samorian has served the speech and debate community for 30 years. He is currently the Speech and Debate Department Chair…  Read More »

  • Josh Schulster

    Double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs at Florida State University

  • Josh Schulster spent four years debating with Boca High and quickly developed a passion for Public Forum debate. As a sophomore, Josh was the captain…  Read More »

  • Kinny Torre

    Debate Program Director at Wesley Academy

  • Kinny Torres competed in policy debate for three in high school, where he was the captain of his policy team and won several tournaments in the Washington State Area. In coll…  Read More »

  • Rachel Warnecke

    Middle School Speech and Drama Teacher at Saint Mary's Hall

  • Rachel Warnecke hails from Morehead, Kentucky and is a 12 time collegiate National Forensic Association (NFA) quarter-finalist and semi-finalist..Rach…  Read More »

Summer Camp Counselors

  • Allen Abbott

    Senior at the Quarry Lane School in California

  • Allen Abbott attends the University of Chicago, where he studies economics and p…  Read More »

  • Griffin Badalamente

    Neuroscience Major at the University of Chicago

  • One of the oldest members of the Capitol Debate family, Griffin Badalamente deba…  Read More »

  • Josie Banks

    Nursing Major at Westminster College

  • Though Josie Banks competed in Public Forum Debate, her background is primarily on the public speaki…  Read More »

  • Tatiana Butkevits

    Senior at Boca Raton Community High School

  • Tatiana Butkevits is a senior at Boca Raton Community High School where she has …  Read More »

  • Asima Choudhury

    Senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in legal studies with specializations in litigation & advocacy and criminal law

  • Asima Choudhury is a senior at…  Read More »

  • Grace Findley

    Senior at Boca Raton Community High School

  • Grace Findley is a senior at Boca Raton Community High School where she has serv…  Read More »

  • Catie Ford

    Student at NYU

  • Catie Ford competed in public forum debate for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida for four years, serv…  Read More »

  • Katie Gao

    Senior at Centennial High School

  • Katie Gao is a senior at Centennial High School, where she serves as the co-president of the debate …  Read More »

  • Benjamin Hanson

    Senior at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky

  • Benjamin Hanson is currently attending Western Kentucky University with the…  Read More »

  • Ryley Hartwig

    Political Science Major at Florida State University

  • Ryley Hartwig is finishing his second year at Florida State University, maj…  Read More »

  • Bryce Henshaw

    First-year college student at Willamette University

  • Bryce Henshaw is a student at Willamette University. She has had six years …  Read More »

  • Kyle Holub

    Studying engineering at Texas A&M

  • Kyle Holub started debate as a sophomore in high school, and it completely changed his life. Debate …  Read More »

  • Alyssa Hooks

    Social Science and Speech Communication at Lee College

  • Alyssa Hooks is driven to help students find their voices in the form of sa…  Read More »

  • Jennifer Huang

    Studying law at Yale University in the fall

  • Jennifer Huang debated for 4 years at Ridge High School and was the Captain of L…  Read More »

  • Delaney Hurley

  • Delaney Hurley is currently on a gap year in Bulgaria funded through the US State Department's YES Abroad scholarshi…  Read More »

  • Ryan Kerestesy

    Political Science and Economics major at Penn State University

  • Ryan Kerestesy debated public forum with Capitol Debate for four y…  Read More »

  • Keshav Kundassery

  • Keshav Kundassery competed in Public Forum for 4 years at Mission San Jose High School in California where he captained …  Read More »

  • David Mason

    Senior at Millburn High School in New Jersey

  • David Mason is currently a senior debater at Millburn High School in New Jersey.…  Read More »

  • Rachel Mauchline

    Assistant Coach Bentonville High School/University of Arkansas Majoring in Communications

  • Rachel Mauchline spent four years debating at Bent…  Read More »

  • Morgan Moore

    Double Major in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the George Washington University

  • Morgan Moore debated with the Shipley School Debat…  Read More »

  • Polly Moser

  • Polly Moser has been debating since 7th grade when she joined Capitol Debate's Public Forum travel team. In that tim…  Read More »

  • Amelia Peck

  • Amelia Peck is currently an instructor for Capitol Debate's Club League. She has competitively debated for six years…  Read More »

  • Philipp Reutter

    Senior at Boca Raton Community High School

  • Philipp Reutter, a senior at Boca Raton Community High School, serves as Vice Pr…  Read More »

  • Mai Rubin

    Student at Florida State University

  • Mai Rubin is a student at Florida State University who debated in High School Public Forum Debate fo…  Read More »

  • Haley Rubin

    Majoring in political science and pre-law at Emory University in the fall

  • After competing in Congressional debate on the loc…  Read More »

  • Siena Ruggeri

    Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Peace and Justice Studies minor at Regis University

  • Siena Ruggeri has been involved in the debate comm…  Read More »

  • Olivia Sailors

    American Studies and Educational Studies double major at Macalester College, Class of 2020

  • Olivia Sailors competed in Policy Debate and Foren…  Read More »

  • Ving Salisbury

  • Irving Glenn Salisbury IV is from Rochester NY, and the oldest of 10 children. He enjoys soccer, debate, wakeboarding, s…  Read More »

  • Sal Sandoval

    Attending Bates College, Class of 2019

  • Sal Sandoval competed in Public Forum for four years at Cypress Woods High School in Houston, Texas.…  Read More »

  • Sam Smith

    Junior at Kansas State University majoring in Philosophy

  • Sam Smith is a student at Kansas State University majoring in Philosophy (B…  Read More »

  • Breann Smith

    Assistant LD debate coach for Guyer HS in Denton, Texas.

  • Breann Smith debated from 2012-2016 at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, …  Read More »

  • Max Wu

  • Max Wu spent 4 years competing on the Mission San Jose Public Forum Team, with extensive success countrywide. In the 201…  Read More »

  • Kelly Zheng

    Senior at Miramonte High School in California

  • Kelly Zheng is a senior at Miramonte High School in California, where she serves…  Read More »

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