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

    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 manager of the Human Resources department. He is passionate about working with people and for people- he…  Read More »

John Gibson

HR & Operations Manager

    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

    Amelia Peck is currently an instructor for Capitol Debate's Club League. She has competitively debated for six years and was a part of Capitol Debate's Public Forum travel team for three years…  Read More »

Amelia Peck

Operations 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

Executive and Operations Assistant

Summer Camp Directors

  • Daniel Austin

    High School Social Studies Teacher

  • Daniel Austin is a high school social studies teacher in Piscataway, NJ, where he frequently incorporates debate and public speaking activities into the US History curriculum. A lifelong New Jersey re…  Read More »

  • Savon Ayodeji

    Lead Debate Instructor

  • Savon Ayodeji debated for 3 years with Capitol Debate as a student in high school, advancing to elimination rounds at many nationally ranked tournaments before debating for 4 years at Liberty Universi…  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 »

  • David Dejesa

    Teacher and Coach

  • 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…  Read More »

  • Brad Hicks

    American Government & Economics Teacher, Williston High School

  • Bradley T. Hicks has been a teacher for 20 years and currently teaches Government and Economics in Williston, Florida. He holds a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Inspired by those se…  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

    HS Speech & Debate Teacher

  • Since 1985 I have coached C-X, LD, PFD, World Schools Debate, Mock Trial and directed over 30 school plays. In 2004 teams, I coached the 8th place PFD team at NSDA Nationals and assisted coaching th…  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. She is the longest serving National Speech and Debate Association district cha…  Read More »

  • Ryan Rigda

    Lecturer of Communications at Saginaw Valley State University

  • Dr. Ryan Rigda has been with Capitol Debate for 4 years working as a Camp Director and Instructor. He currently works as a Lecturer of Communication at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. In …  Read More »

  • Terri Robinson


  • Terri Robinson has been with Capitol Debate for 3 years, since 2016. She formally taught at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas where she has been actively involved in the speech & debate commu…  Read More »

  • PJ Samorian

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

  • P.J. Samorian has served the speech and debate community for 30 years. He is currently the Speech and Debate Department Chairperson at American Heritage School in Boca/Delray Florida. He is an NSDA tr…  Read More »

  • Kinny Torre

    Communications Instructor and Debate Coach at Western Washington Uni & Director at Wesley Academy

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

  • Dan Wadley

    Biblical Ethics Instructor, Mock Trial Head Coach, and Model UN sponsor at The McCallie School

  • Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the past thirteen years. He has a total of 39 years teaching at two different schools. During his current time at McCallie, he h…  Read More »

Summer Camp Life & Wellness Staff

  • Hailey Cruz


  • Hailey Cruz earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Education in May 2015 at Kean University and her Masters Degree in School counseling. She is a current school counselor, ESL Saturday…  Read More »

  • Colette Dorsey


  • Colette Dorsey lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. She is proud to be involved in secondary education for 28 years. Colette sponsors the Speech and Debate Club at Patterson Mill High School. She al…  Read More »

Summer Camp Instructional Staff

  • Chris Ahern

    12th-grade English teacher

  • Chris Ahern has been teaching 12th-grade English in New Jersey for 24 years. During his tenure, he has been the high school debate team coach while integrating debate into his instruction. H…  Read More »

  • Hope Arnold

    Corporate 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 Foru…  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 teaches Advanced Place…  Read More »

  • Jessica Davis

    Secondary English teacher

  • Jessica Davis, 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…  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, TOK and Debate

  • Bojana Golubović is a teacher of logic, philosophy, and TOK at Gimnazija “Svetozar Marković” Niš and instructor of debate at The City of Nis Debate Club, Serbia. During…  Read More »

  • Deitrick Goodwin

    Teacher at Holy Angels Catholic school of Baltimore and Former debate coach with the Baltimore Urban Debate league

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  • Gabbi Gruver

    Special Education Teacher

  • After graduating high school, Gabbi attended and competed for College of DuPage, where she found her love for speech and debate. Shortly after transferring to North Central College, Gabbi wa…  Read More »

  • Debby Haren

    Debate consultant and judge

  • 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 most: work with students who have a sin…  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 »

  • Krista Lang

    English Teacher at Boone High School in Orlando, FL

  • Krista Lang is a high school English II teacher in Orlando, FL, where she strives to find ways for her students to create real life connections to the…  Read More »

  • Omar Moore

    Travel Instructor

  • 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 »

  • Carrie Murawski

    Assistant Professor

  • Carrie received her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and has been teaching communication classes, including Public Speaking and Argumentation & Debate, for more than 6 years. She has won three …  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 »

  • Richie Panuyas


  • Richie has been a professional educator for over seven years. He has worked with all populations at every grade (K-12) and every level (Special Ed to Gifted). He has worked at summer program…  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 »

  • Marissa Pena

    Director of Speech & Debate

  • Born & raised in South Texas, Marissa has been teaching high school speech & debate in the Houston area since 2015, specializing in individual events and Congressional Debate. She has coache…  Read More »

  • Michael Perry

    Substitute Teacher Crowley ISD, Debate Judge UIL, NSDA, and TFA tournaments

  • 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…  Read More »

  • Mona Rigdon


  • Mona got her Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University but found a passion for teaching, so she changed careers. Currently, she teaches sixth grade science in F…  Read More »

  • Gabe Rusk

    Director of Debate

  • 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 th…  Read More »

  • Jay Rye

    Speech and Debate Coach at the Montgomery Academy

  • Jay Rye has been involved with Speech & Debate since 1985 as a high school competitor, collegiate competitor, and since 1991 as a coach in Alabama. He has coached over 150 stu…  Read More »

  • Jonathan Savoy

    Communication Faculty Graduate Assistant, Bob Jones University

  • Jonathan Savoy got his start in competitive speech and debate while in high school and quickly built up experience in public speaking, mock trial, and…  Read More »

  • Josh Schulster

    Student at Florida State University Honors College

  • 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 of the Public Forum divis…  Read More »

Summer Camp Counselors

  • 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 »

  • Aaliyah Bard

    Communication Major, Saginaw Valley State University

  • Aaliyah has a well-rounded background in debate and public speaking. While …  Read More »

  • Josh Bratt

    College Student, James Madison University

  • Joshua has competed on the national level in Public Forum for the past 5 years. …  Read More »

  • Katelyn Buckley

    Summer Camp Counselor

  • Currently finishing up her senior year at Shrewsbury High School in Massachusetts, Katelyn is fresh out of the high scho…  Read More »

  • Kevin Cushman

    Camp Counselor

  • Kevin has a strong background in Debate and Public Speaking, as well as Theater, Drama, Music, and Literature. He atten…  Read More »

  • Sam Greenberg

    Student at Irvine Valley College

  • Sam is a student at Irvine Valley College planning to transfer to a University of California campus …  Read More »

  • Ryley Hartwig

    Communications major at Florida State

  • Ryley Hartwig is finishing his second year at Florida State University, majoring in Political Scienc…  Read More »

  • Antwon Haynes

    Camp Counselor

  • Antwon Haynes started debate his sophomore year and has been a part of the West Orange Debate team for 3 years, serving …  Read More »

  • Josie Higgins

    Camp Counselor

  • While she is a Capitol Debate Camp counselor in the summer, during the year Josie studies secondary English education at…  Read More »

  • Adrienne Houpt

    University Student

  • Adrienne Houpt is currently a Counseling major at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. While in high scho…  Read More »

  • Delaney Hurley

    Club Debate Instructor

  • Delaney Hurley is an undergraduate student studying Government, Modern Middle East Studies, and Education at Harvard Uni…  Read More »

  • Sidra Hussain

    Camp Counselor

  • Sidra Hussain competed on her Public Forum Debate Team throughout her four years at Great Neck South High School. During…  Read More »

  • Mackenzie Jackson

    Camp counselor

  • Mackenzie Jackson has been apart of the West Orange High School debate team for 3 years, serving as Public Forum Captain…  Read More »

  • Lindsay Kent

    Camp Counselor

  • Lindsay Kent is from Austin, Texas where she is finishing her senior year of high school. During this time, she develope…  Read More »

  • Brandon Lee

    Camp Counselor

  • Brandon is a senior at Suncoast Community High School dual-enrolled in the MSE and IB Diploma program. As a middle schoo…  Read More »

  • Ryan Parimi


  • Ryan Parimi is a rising sophomore at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a double major in Busines…  Read More »

  • Colleen Phan


  • Colleen has four years of speech experience. She has competed in Informative Speaking, Impromptu, and Expository. In 201…  Read More »

  • Jas Rigdon

    Studying political science at Southern Arkansas University

  • Jasmine Rigdon debated in the Texas UIL policy debate league for one year a…  Read More »

  • Olivia Sailors

    Capitol Debate Instructor

  • Olivia Sailors competed in Policy Debate and Forensics for three years in high school in Kansas. Her greatest accomplish…  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 »

  • Nicole Sandoval

    Camp Counselor

  • Currently a freshman at Florida State University, Nicole is majoring in Political Science and is a member of the FSU Spe…  Read More »

  • Salonee Singh

  • Salonee Singh is a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter High School and will be attending Brown University in the fall. When…  Read More »

  • Selma Tabakovic


  • Selma Tabakovic competed in Public Forum for 3 years at Lakeland High School in Westchester, New York. Selma debated at …  Read More »

  • Will Tidwell


  • Will Tidwell is from Birmingham, Alabama and will be graduating from Spain Park High School in May 2020. He is an avid s…  Read More »

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