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NDCA Results Available; Top Honors to Kors, Quiroz, Prasad & Reddy

Full results from the NDCA Championships are now available at the NDCA website

Dukes & Bailey Cup: Ram Prasad, La Jolla HS,  (Coached by Tom Evnen, Jeff Liu, Jordan Lamothe, and Zach Parker)

Top Speaker: Annie Kors, Harvard-Westlake School (Coached by Mike Bietz, Stephen Babb, Bill Neesen & Daniel Tartakovsky)

Tournament Champion: Pranav Reddy, Harker School (Coached by Greg Achten, Ryan Fink & Nikhil Nag)

Tournament Runner-Up & Second Speaker: Christian Quiroz, Newark Science (Coached by Jonathan Alston, Elijah Smith & Chris Randall)

VBI Family: Interview with Ellen Noble

VBI Family: Interview with Ellen Noble

Ellen Noble graduated in 2013 from Macalester College with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Security at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has interned at Human Rights Watch, The Constitution Project, and The Nonprofit Roundtable. She debated for four years at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland, where she qualified twice to the TOC and won the 2008 NCFL tournament. She has worked as an assistant coach at Apple Valley High School. She attended VBI as a student in 2007 and 2008, and returned as an instructor in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. 

 

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Affirmative Debaters Are Sabotaging Themselves

Affirmative Debaters Are Sabotaging Themselves

For all the technical training and strategic planning to which we subject ourselves in the name of affirmation, judges are as inclined as ever to negate. No amount of spikes, tricks or presumption arguments have changed that. Nor have RVIs and kick-and-turn tactics. Nor the emergence of ever tinier plans. As someone who’s now watched or participated in well over a decade of LD debates, I can only say there’s been a small handful of truly exceptional affirmative debaters. They could have won debates in any era, in front of any judge and against even the most skilled negative tacticians. Here are some of the insights I’ve gleaned from observing the best of the best.

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Chris Kymn Wins The Kandi King Round Robin

Chris Kymn Wins The Kandi King Round Robin

Congratulations to Loyola's Chris Kymn for championing the 2014 Kandi King Round Robin held at Northland Christian School! In finals, he defeated La Jolla's Ram Prasad on a 4-1 decision. Chris is coached by Michael Overing, John Scoggin, Bob Overing, Tom Placido, Tim McHugh, Ashan Peiris, Adam Bistange, and Ben Koh. Ram is coached by Tom Evnen, Zack Parker, and Jeff Liu.

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VBI Family: Interview with David McNeil

VBI Family: Interview with David McNeil

David McNeil is a Project Manager at Epic in Madison, Wisconsin and recently earned a B.A. at Carleton College, where he was team captain of the parliamentary team . He has worked as a research intern with Global Policy Group, and was a chess instructor at multiple public schools in Minnesota. He debated for four years at Edina, where he qualified twice to the TOC. He coached The Blake School in Minnesota in 2010 and 2011. He attended VBI as a student in the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008, and returned as an instructor in the summers of 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 

 

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VBI Family: Interview with Karlyn Gorski

VBI Family: Interview with Karlyn Gorski

Karlyn Gorski is currently a senior studying Public Policy and International Studies at the University of Chicago. She has interned at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the Cape May Point Municipal Government, and the National Center for Policy Analysis. She debated for five years at Perkiomen Valley High school and qualified to the TOC three times, as well as winning the 2009 NCFL Nationals. She attended VBI as a student in 2008, and has returned as an instructor every year since 2010; this year will be her fifth consecutive summer working at VBI! 

 

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Answering Common Theory Spikes: Part II

Answering Common Theory Spikes: Part II

An increasingly popular trend in debate has been the 1AC blitzing of short theory spikes. Strategically speaking, it’s not hard to see why; when dropped these arguments are devastating and potentially round winning. And due to both their brevity and quantity, neg. debaters, more often than not, do end up dropping these arguments. This article will point out generic theoretical spikes most 1ACs employ nowadays and provide answers to each of them.

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VBI Family: Interview with Ryan Davis

VBI Family: Interview with Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis is currently studying philosophy at Harvard University. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2005, an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton in 2011. He began debating LD and policy in 1996, and dabbled in parliamentary debate as a grad student.  He is currently a coach for the Bronx HIgh School of Science, and has coached multiple TOC qualifers and tournament champions. He was an instructor at VBI during the summers of 2010 and 2011.   

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Women in Debate Update: Part II

Women in Debate Update: Part II

This series will address the issues that women in debate face, as well as the progress that they have made. It will be split into two parts: part one will encompass background on the issue as well as individual observations and experiences, while part two will cover implementable policies and advice for debaters, judges, coaches, and tournament and camp directors. Part II features articles and testimonies from Bekah Boyer, Tim Mahoney, Cynthia Timmons, Rebecca Kuang, and the directors of VBI, NSD, and UNT, as well as information about Annie Kors' exciting new tournament safety initiative.

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