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 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 roles a…  Read More »

Diana Crews

Student Advisor & Education Coordinator

    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 has utilized his passion by working with youth organizations. He has acquired corporate experience working for a Fortune 500 company. Victor has been involved with Capitol De…  Read More »

Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

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

Felippe Gazio

Content & Technology Coordinator

    John Gibson joined Capitol Debate in 2016 as their Talent Acquisition & HR Associate. He is passionate about working with people and for people- he believes a company is not successful because of the …  Read More »

John Gibson

HR & Operations Manager

    Nanci is the Capitol Debate Finance and Logistics Coordinator. Before her time at Capitol Debate, Nanci had a 28-year career in dealer/institution bond trading with a major brokerage firm as a limited…  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

Student Advisor & Outreach Manager

    Mackenzie Leveque graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Journalism, while competing in college debate. During her time in debate, she experienced first-hand how debate directl…  Read More »

Mackenzie Leveque

Student Advisor & Outreach 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 with who they…  Read More »

Joy Liesegang

HR & Operations Assistant

    Kendall 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 best ver…  Read More »

Kendall Reid

Logistics & Operations 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 youth teachi…  Read More »

Calandra Rothrock

Event Planner & Operations Coordinator

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

Iliana Rubin

Student Advisor & Outreach 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…  Read More »

Stan Banks

Director of Forensics for West Orange High School in Florida

Stan Banks has committed to giving back to the debate community that provided him with a transformat…  Read More »

Jane Boyd

Speech and Debate Teacher at Grapevine High School

"Students need to have an outlet to find themselves and it brings me joy when I am a part of that process" -Jane BoydRead 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 twi…  Read More »

Bob Dolan

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

"My favorite part of helping students learn debate is guiding them toward independent research and t…  Read More »

Nancy Green

Debate coach at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN

Nancy Green has been coaching debate at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN for the last 8 years.…  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…  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 Natio…  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 directs plays. …  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…  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 …  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 …  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…  Read More »

Summer Camp Residential Life Leaders

Jack Berk

English Teacher

Though part of the residential life team at Capitol Debate, Jack's background is in teaching. He teaches 9th grade English at a public school in Nashville, Tennessee. When Jack was in high s…  Read More »

Hailey Cruz


Hailey Cruz is excited to join the Capitol debate team as a Residential Life Director at Iona College for the first time! She earned her bachelor's degree in English Education in May 2015 at…  Read More »

Colette Dorsey


Colette comes to us from 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 »

Christine Matos

Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland

Hello, my name is Christine Matos. I currently work at SUNY Cortland as a Residence Hall Director. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of …  Read More »

Ezinne Ofoegbu


My name is Ezinne Ofoegbu and this is my first year working with Capitol Debate. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA, but I am currently living in Raleigh, NC and attended North Carolina St…  Read More »

Ajene Robinson-Burris

Doctoral Student at University of Colorado

Ajene 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 of Colorado, Bo…  Read More »

Lauren Scoggan

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

Lauren is the Residential Life Director at the San Jose State campus for Capitol Debate. She is originally from Alabama and i…  Read More »

Summer Camp Wellness Staff

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

My name is Belinda Elam, I am an LPN Nurse, I have been a nurse for 9 years. I graduated from Brown Mackie College in Akron, Ohio where I received my nursing diploma. I am an 1:1 school nurs…  Read More »

Estelle Johnson

Certified Nursing Assistant

Estelle is a Bay Area native that was 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 »

Polly McCray


Polly McCray graduated from the University of South Carolina Williams-Brice College of Nursing where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Her professional history includes…  Read More »

Seanna Meehan

Director of Nursing, Church Farm School, Exton, Pennsylvania

I have been a nurse since 2009 and received my BSN in 2013. I have practiced in different fields, but for the last five years, I have been working as a school nurse, both of w…  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 not working with Capitol De…  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

My name is Christa Pittman and I have been a Registered Nurse for 25 years! I have worked in diversified settings to include acute care, long-term care and rehab, home health case management…  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, a Registered Nurse for 36 years, has worked at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Rochester in New York. She has done private duty nursing with infants, children, a…  Read More »

Bobby Strickland

Registered Nurse

Bobby Strickland, a Registered Nurse, will be joining Capitol Debate for the first time this summer. He has four years of experience as an RN with a specialty in Intensive care. Bobby receiv…  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 Sun Devil to win an indi… Read More »

Chris Ahern

12th-grade English teacher

I have been teaching 12th-grade English in New Jersey for 22 years. During my tenure, I have been the high school debate team coach while integrating debate into my instruction. I am also an… Read More »

Brian Alford

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

When I was a competitor in high school, I was a policy and extemp guy. While in college, I had a small company providing judges to tournaments and also consulting on the side.… 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 competitor in LD at Stanford, … Read More »

Hope Arnold

Communications Major at Duquesne University

Hope 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 HS's Speech … Read More »

Margarita Artoglou

College senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism and mi…

I am a college senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism and minoring in English.… 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 the ancient and medieval… Read More »

Jessica Beckett

Secondary English teacher

Jessica, 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. Before that,… Read More »

Daniel Bronson

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

Dan is currently a high school social studies teacher and debate coach at Dover High School in Dover, New Jersey. He teachings Advanced Placement Government and Politics. He h… Read More »

Matt Campbell

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

Matt has spent seven years teaching 8th Grade history, civics, and geography in Abington, Massachusetts. Matt has been involved in running debates in his classroom on a variet… 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

Assistant Professor and Director of Debate at Hillsdale College from 2010-present, Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Memphis, MA in Political Science from Appalach… Read More »

Boka Golubovic

Teacher of Philosophy , Logic and Debate at Gimnazija "Svetozar Markovi?" Niš, Serbia

For 10 years now, Bojana has been a teacher of philosophy. Currently she works as a teacher of Philosophy and Logic at Gimnazija "Svetozar Markovi?" in Niš, Serbia. She has be… Read More »

Debby Haren

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

Debby 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 most: work with students who h… 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 from the Mays Business Schoo… Read More »

Claire Ingelfinger

Substitute for the Quincy Public School system

As a former high school history teacher who now works with the Quincy Public School system as a substitute, it makes sense that Claire would become an Instructor with Capitol … Read More »

Dana Kiel


Dana 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 as a 4t… 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 Preparatory Academy in the l… 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

I am starting as a debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming this school year. Before that, I taught debate in Korea and have 8 years of compet… Read More »

Ruby Nunez

Programs and Operations Associate at Denver Urban Debate League

Although her focus of study is in the sciences, Ruby has been involved with the debate community throughout her academic career. While in high school she participated with the… 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 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 Universitie… Read More »

Michael Perry


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

PJ Samorian

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

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

Josh Schulster

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

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

Kinny Torre

Debate Program Director at Wesley Academy

I competed in policy debate for three in high school where I was the captain of my policy team and winning several tournaments in the Washington State Area. In college, I comp… 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..

Rachel is entering … Read More »

Andrew Welton


Andrew debated for Lake Mary Preparatory school under Bob Dolan and is a two time TOC qualifier, and a finalist at Peach State Classic. In his free time he likes to travel, spend time with f… Read More »

Summer Camp Residential Advisors

Allen Abbott

Senior at the Quarry Lane School in California

Allen Abbott is a senior at the Quarry Lane School in California, where he compe…  Read More »

Griffin Badalamente

Neuroscience Major at the University of Chicago

One of the oldest members of the Capitol Debate family, Griffin has debated publ…  Read More »

Josie Banks

Nursing Major at Westminster College

Though Josie competed in Public Forum Debate, her background is primarily on the public speaking sid…  Read More »

Jakob Beck


I am a 3-year debater from west orange high school, National qualifier in both Public Forum and Policy. I served as team…  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 litiga…

Asima is a senior at the Unive…  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 is a senior at Centennial High School, where she serves as the co-president of the debate team…  Read More »

Benjamin Hanson

Senior at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky

Ben is currently a senior at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentu…  Read More »

Ryley Hartwig

Political Science Major at Florida State University

Ryley Hartwig is finishing his first year at Florida State University, majo…  Read More »

Bryce Henshaw

First-year college student at Willamette University

Bryce Henshaw is a first-year college student at Willamette University and …  Read More »

Kyle Holub

Studying engineering at Texas A&M

I started debate as a sophomore in high school, and it completely changed my life. Debate opened man…  Read More »

Alyssa Hooks

Social Science and Speech Communication at Lee College

Alyssa is driven to help students find their voices in the form of sanction…  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 is currently on a gap year in Bulgaria funded through the US State Department’s YES Abroad scholarship - which s…  Read More »

Ryan Kerestesy

Political Science and Economics major at Penn State University

Ryan debated public forum with Capitol Debate for four years. Ryan…  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 is currently a senior debater at Millburn High School in New Jersey. He is…  Read More »

Morgan Moore

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

Morgan debated with the Shipley School Debate team…  Read More »

Polly Moser


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

Amelia Peck


Amelia Peck has competitively debated for five years and been part of Capitol Debate's Public Forum travel team for the …  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 has been involved in the debate community fo…  Read More »

Olivia Sailors

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

Olivia competed in Policy Debate and Forensics for…  Read More »

Ving Salisbury


My name is Irving Glenn Salisbury IV. I am 18 years old, from Rochester NY, and the oldest of 10 children. I enjoy socce…  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 »

Megan Smalley


Megan has five years of debate experience competing in policy and public forum debate. During high school, she won a sta…  Read More »

Sam Smith

Junior at Kansas State University majoring in Philosophy

My name is Sam Smith, I am a Junior at Kansas State University majoring in …  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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