Selma Tabakovic competed in Public Forum for 3 years at Lakeland High School in Westchester, New York. Selma debated at the United States Congress in March 2016 regarding the unfair surveillance of Islamic communities and returned in April 2018 to debate gun control. She has seen success on the league by qualifying to late elimination rounds and receiving speaker awards at invitational tournaments. Alongside her participation in debate, Selma worked closely with children at the Peekskill Field Library Children's Room for 6 years, cultivating her undeniable interest and dedication to the cognitive development of youth.
As an Instructor at the Georgetown University Public Forum Debate Camp in the Summer of 2018, she worked with beginner and intermediate debaters to teach them fundamental skills that they could utilize throughout their debate career. By focusing on the individual, Selma worked actively to bridge the social and education aspects of debate so that the students could thrive as argumentative, persuasive, and well-rounded debaters. Selma is currently a coach and judge for American Heritage High School in Plantation and Boca Raton, Florida. Alongside her work with the PF teams at American Heritage and her studies at American University, Selma is debating on the American University Parliamentary Debate Team. She understands the inherent value of debate, as it allows individuals to form more informed and concrete opinions on various topics and she hopes to help others find their passion for the activity as well. Selma is excited to work at Capitol Debate this summer!