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- Capitol Debate


Why Capitol Debate?

Our aim is to enrich the lives of students. 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. Read More »

Here’s what sets us apart
Our Mission
Why Debate?
Expert Staff
Alumni Success Stories
Widely Attended
Safe & Secure
Great Facilities in Great Locations
Lots of Fun
For All Ages & Experience Levels

2018 Summer Debate Camps

We offer debate camps, public speaking schools, writing classes and youth leadership camps.. Select a program to find your camp. Read More »

Overnight & Commuter Camps
Business Communication
Competitive Public Forum Camps
Middle School Debate Camps
High School Debate Camps
Lincoln Douglas Debate Camps
Day Camp Only
Debate Day Camp
Public Speaking
Leadership and Mock Trial Day Camp

About Our Workshops

After school workshops run concurrently with regular middle school semesters. These programs offer an opportunity for children to learn debate, leadership, and public speaking. Read More »

After School Workshops
Northeast Club – NY, NJ, CT
Introduction to Debate Online Courses

Debate Teams

Ready to compete? Our teams receive the instruction and opportunity to compete in national tournaments. We offer programs in different locations and online to reach as many students as possible. Read More »

Capitol Classic's Debate Teams
Boston Club
Midatlantic Club – MD, VA, DC, PA, NC
National Travel Debate Team
Northeast Club – NY, NJ, CT
West Club – CA, TX, AZ, WA

Attendee Info

Already registered? Now it is time to get ready for camp. For students attending any of our summer camps or seasonal programs, please visit the appropriate page (on the left) to see information about your specific program, from packing lists to trip details. If you need to check your billing information, view your forms, or change your personal info, please visit your Online Account.

Information for Attendees
2017 Summer Camp Attendee Information
Day Camp Attendee Info
2015 Middle School Nationals
Staff Portal

Debate News

Debate News provides up-to-date information and resources to the national high school public forum debate community. It consists of tournament updates, statistics and rankings, including awards for season-long excellence.

Debate News
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Faculty Details for
Villanova University, PA

CapitolDebateBaltimore-1240Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

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 Debate since it’s inception.In 2015, he joined Capitol Debate full time as the Operations & Technology Manager. In 2016, Victor took over as the Chief Operations Officer.

jackie_headshotJacqueline Kelleher

Summer Camp Event Planner and 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 joining the team at Capitol Debate, Jacqueline had the chance to live and work in international locations such as Hong Kong, NYC and Singapore for the past 6 years.

Jacqueline is a former Chair at the College Group at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a former Model United Nations Head Delegate for the Award Winning Pace University Delegation. Her cross-cultural experiences have enabled her to develop a good understanding of both western and eastern communities and cultures.

Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Management from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Jacqueline is ecstatic to be serving as a Summer Camp Event Planner and Coordinator for Capitol Debate and she can’t wait to meet you and your children this summer!

CDBio_GabeRuskGabe Rusk

Director of Debate Programs
Oxford University Masters in the Study of Religion

Gabe Rusk is currently finishing his master’s degree in Religion at Oxford University. His research focuses on Law & Religion in the United States. He is currently the LGBTQIA+ Officer at the Oxford Union as well as the International Graduate Officer for student government. Prior to his masters, he spent a year as an undergrad at Oxford University and did his undergraduate degree in Colorado. Gabe won the 2010 Tournament of Champions in PF, he was 4th speaker and quarterfinalist out of 200 teams at the 2014 US Worlds University Debate Championships, and won a best floor speech prize at the Oxford Union as a competitive debater. This will be his 7th time instructing at a debate camp.

hicks1Bradley Hicks

Camp Director and Instructor
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. Inspired by youth who have a desire to seek truth, Bradley enjoys seeing students have fun while learning and making education a life-long passions. He has been coaching debate since 2005. His former Public Forum teams and LD debaters at Douglas High School and University School won several tournaments at local, state, and national levels and have also earned dozens of TOC bids. In Public Forum, he was a coach of the 2006 NFL National Runners-Up, the 2012 Florida State Champions and the 2012 TOC Champions. Bradley announces basketball games, coaches baseball, and helps at the local theater by building sets, directing, and acting. Summer 2016 will be his fourth summer with Capitol Debate.

Arnold, Jon HeadshotJohn Arnold

Coach of Howard High School Speech & Debate Team, Ellicott City, MD

Currently, John is the head coach of the developing Howard Lions’ Speech & Debate Team. As the head coach of Centennial High’s award-winning debate and speech program, John headed up one of the top debating teams in Maryland. His freshman team ranked in the national top 20 in 2008; his varsity teams advanced to the national championships. John has won many awards as a speech competitor for Calvert Hall College High School. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.Ed from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as various other certifications from Juniata and McDaniel Colleges. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996-1998 and taught fourth grade prior to his success as a debate coach. He has served as a county level resource teacher in ESOL and is currently proudly helping teenaged immigrants from around the world find their voices in English as an ESOL teacher and co-teacher of English, Social Studies and Science. His daughter, Hope, now debates for Duquesne University, since graduating from Howard and Capitol Debate programs.

John is returning for his 11th year with Capitol Debate.

Capitol Debate-143Oliver 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 for the Tournament of Champions

CDBio_RubyNunezRuby Nunez

Lab Leader
Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator- Denver Urban Debate league

Although her main 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 Denver Urban Debate League as a student competitor in Policy debate. In the subsequent 5 years she worked with the League to help middle school and high school students learn about and participate in Speech and Debate. While in college, Ruby was a member of the British Parliamentary Debate team four years. Three of these years were spent as a competitor and the fourth as an assistant coach. Ruby has a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Science from Regis University.

CdBio_AlexHolguinAlex Holguin

Instructor at Capitol Debate

My name is Alex Holguin, and I am a recent graduate of Liberty University, where I debated for four years. In that time I was fairly successful, having won 3 different regional tournaments, and placed as quarterfinals or better of every tournament I attended going into my Senior Year. I was also a CEDA Nationals Elimination Round Participant my final year, and have been judging ever since. I want to be a teacher one day, and I think debate is an important activity with resources to help students better themselves and the world around them.

Seanna MeehanSeanna 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 which are private boarding schools. Two years ago, I advanced to Director of Nursing at the Church Farm School, an all-boy college preparatory boarding school. Being able to provide both physical and mental health wellness to these boys has been very rewarding. I enjoy educating students on health issues and encouraging self-advocating and care. I am a native of Washington State but have resided in Pennsylvania for the past 30 years. I am married and have two grown daughters, three dogs, and a cat. In my free time, I enjoy reading, sewing and jigsaw puzzles.

Chris ColvinChris Colvin

Residential Life Director
Debate Teacher at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL

Chris has taught speech and debate, both in class and competitively, for 22 years, first at Sidney Lanier High School and the last 15 years at LAMP High School in Montgomery, AL. He has served as the treasurer for the Alabama Speech and Debate Association, and is a member of the Deep South District Committee. When he is not teaching debate, he coaches both the cross country team and the soccer team at his school.

16388172_1222070054507977_5835630660559238731_nMegan Smalley

Residential Advisor
Former policy debater at the University of Texas at Dallas

Megan is a Kansas state champion in policy debate and two-time national qualifier. Megan also qualified to the Catholic Forensic League national tournament in public forum debate. Her success in policy debate continued at the University of Texas at Dallas. Megan spends her free time at the Dallas Arboretum.

Jenna CaforaJenna Cafora

Residential Advisor
The George Washington University -Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Major

Jenna is a rising senior at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Communicative Disorders. Though she has never competed in debate, Jenna participated in Mock Trial for four years (two in high school and two in college), and she looks forward to being part of Capitol Debate this summer. In the past, Jenna has worked with students as both a tutor and a camp counselor. When she is not in class, Jenna can be found hiking, biking, or coding data as a research assistant in a social cognition lab.

Blake MeyerBlake Meyer

Residential Advisor
Political Science Major at Simpson College

Blake has debated in Public Forum Debate for four years. He is currently a senior at Western High School, preparing to make the transition to Simpson College in Iowa in the fall to study political science. Throughout his four years in Public Forum, his notable competitive achievements include accumulating over 1,800 NSDA points, reaching ranks as high as 70th in the nation, 2nd Place in the Junior Varsity division at the University of California, Berkeley as a sophomore, back-to-back championships at the Braddock Invitational junior and senior year, winning the Flying L Invitational his senior year, as well as breaking at dozens of regional and national tournaments that include Quarterfinals at the Colt Classic, Octofinals at the Crestian Tradition, Triple-Octofinals at Sunvite in 2016. Furthermore, Blake has received numerous speaker awards ranging from a 10th best speaker at the University of Florida, 7th best speaker at Nova Titan, and 18th best speaker at the Crestian Tradition. He is excited to pass along to the next generation his passion for debate, while simultaneous emphasizing academic achievement. Blake is thrilled to be a residential advisor for Capitol Debate at the University of Central Florida, Notre Dame, and Rider University.