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Past SDI Staff
One of the best parts about the Summer Debate Institute is the excellent staff.
Our staff includes college debaters and young professionals from across the country with extensive experience at both the high school and collegiate levels.  Over the years, we have had an excellent staff participate with us in training students.
Here is a listing of some of our past SDI staff members:
Michael Bixby

In 2003, it has been rumored that a doctor diagnosed Michael as being what some scientists call a debatiac (a person afflicted with debate). Not coincidentally, Michael began debating in NCFCA in 2003 and continued until 2006. In 2006, he co-authored the evidence sourcebook Definitive Debate. He currently is a senior at Bob Jones University, majoring in political science and minoring in business. He has debated for the BJU debate team since 2006 in the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA), where he and his partner placed 2nd nationally in 2007 and won the varsity team policy nationals in 2008. Outside of his forensics life, he occupies most of his time with talking, guitar-playing, politics, his girlfriend, his beloved society (the Phi Kappa Pi Rams), and being weird (in no particular order). 

Teaching experience: Michael has taught debate in a variety of venues, beginning with the club he founded in 2005, NC-BADD (North Carolina Born Again Defenders and Debaters). He also taught debate at Tabernacle Christian School in Hickory, NC (2005 and 2006). From time to time, he has been a special speaker and very part-time coach for CI-BAD (Central Illinois Born Again Debaters). This past year he served as the Vice-president for the Inter-society Debate Association at BJU, giving instructional debate lectures for beginners. 

Favorite Quote: “Listen -- strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” – Dennis 

Favorite sports team(s): Newcastle United, England, the Miami Dolphins, or the University of North Carolina, for each of their sports/leagues respectively. 

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: I am excited to be an SDI staffer because I know how amazingly awesome and incredibly fun SDI will be this year. From my experience with SDI, I know that everyone and anyone can learn a lot from SDI. I know how much I gained from SDI as a student, and I’m excited to be able to help others sharpen their argumentation and rhetoric skills. 

Kirby Gowen

Bio:  Kirby Gowen has been involved in competitive speech and debate in the NCFCA for seven years. Debating for five years and competing in IEs for three. While that might seem to add up to eight, it really was only seven total years. Kirby qualified for nationals four times in Team Policy, earning 10th place team (2005) and 5th place team (2006) at the national level. Kirby was undefeated in prelims and twice declined breaking to outrounds at two LD qualifiers in the 2007 debate season. This upcoming year Kirby will join the world of collegiate debate competing on the Grove City College debate team.

Teaching Experience: Kirby started coaching during his varsity years in debate. Working with his home club, Modesto Debate, he performed functions such as critiquing rounds and tutoring novices. In 2006 and 2007 Kirby worked at Santa Clara University’s summer debate camp as a team policy TA, LD lecturer, and Ultimate Frisbee organizer. 

Quotation:  “Resolved: Democracy is overvalued by the United States government.”  -2006-2007 NCFCA LD Resolution

Favorite Sports Team:  Who is winning? 

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer:  I love debate. I love LD. Given an opportunity to spend five whole days working with students on debate; I wouldn’t miss it. This should be a great camp and I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Oh, and one last thing: for all those people that say LD stands for “Ladies Debate” or “Loser’s Debate”. Well. We’ll show them.  

Renee Jorgensen

Bio:  A senior at Biola University, Renee has a long history in the NCFCA. She competed in Policy debate for six years, earning several California championships and a number of national awards, including 5th Team Policy (2002), 4th Combined Sweepstakes (2002), and Impromptu Champion (2004). In college debate, she and her partner quarterfinaled at NCCFI Nationals(2007), and placed 3rd at the Biola Invitational (2007). Though on the debate team, Renee has chosen to focus instead on her studies, and is well on her way to earning a double degree in Painting (BFA) and Philosophy (BA). She has just returned from a semester studying Philosophy of Mind at Oxford University, and has spent the summer working for Kaplan as an LSAT instructor.

Teaching Experience: Renee began teaching debate in 2002 and just never stopped. She taught several introductory classes in California, served as a student coach for CLASH, toured as an instructor for Communicators for Christ in 2004, taught at three Masters Conferences and eleven Forensics camps for chools such as Santa Clara University & Green Valley Highschool. This will be her third year as an instructor at SDI.

Favorite sports team:  Aneheim Angels

Why you're excited to be an SDI Staffer:  I've been working at SDI for the past two years, and am looking forward to returning this year to see old friends, make new ones, and see energetic students excitedly learn and apply new concepts.

Kristi Lam

Short biography: Kristi competed in NCFCA for three years, qualifying for nationals each year. At the 2005 National tournament, she ranked eleventh place team and third place speaker. She was also the 2004-2005 debate captain of Chicago CHARGE. Kristi spent this past spring as an exchange student at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, which is on the same latitude (and has the same beautiful weather) as Miami, Florida. Presently, Kristi is a senior at Olivet Nazarene University, where she majors in Communication Studies and Video/TV Production and minors in Political Science and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Teaching experience: Two years of Chicago CHARGE novice classes and three years of SDI, an hour long English lesson to five different classes of Chinese high schoolers, and can, upon request, teach anyone with a cello how to play the Pachelbel Canon in D.

Quotation: "If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue." - Sears, Roebuck, & Co. consumer's guide, 1897

Favorite sports team: The Chicago Bears. Why is this a question?

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: Because after the students leave, we party. A lot. But actually, SDI is a great way to learn a lot about India, meet fantastic people, and find out how much sleep you can not have. I love it!

Benjamin Wolfson

Bio: Speech has been a part of Benjamin's life starting at an early age in grade school with drama and speech competitions. Starting in high school Benjamin began his experience in NCFCA with Team policy debate and speech events. He qualified for the 2002, 2003 and 2004 National Tournaments, placing 2nd Place Policy debate team in 2002, 1st place Sweepstakes Champion in 2003, and 12th Place Policy debate team and 5th place overall Sweepstakes in 2004. Benjamin competed for the College of DuPage where he was the 2005 Illinois state runner-up in open parliamentary debate, 2005 state sweepstakes champion, 2006 state parliamentary debate champion, and won national championships in parliamentary debate, extemporaneous speaking and communication analysis. In addition, Benjamin was the head coach for Chicago CHARGE Speech and Debate Club, leading the club to national preeminence in both speech and debate. He currently attends Loyola University in Chicago where he is completing a degree in finance and accounting and is very active in his business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, serving as the fraternity's Vice President of Professional activities. He is currently employed by the Tribune Company at their corporate office in Chicago where he works in their tax accounting department. Benjamin plans on sitting for the Certified Public Accountants exam after completing his requirements in December and after completing his internship at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche in April of 2009. 

Teaching Experience: In addition to being a teacher and coach for Chicago CHARGE, Benjamin has had the opportunity to teach student's from around the country. Benjamin has also had the privilege of teaching with Communicators for Christ for two years at numerous conferences as well as running debate workshops for NCFCA policy debaters including Masters Conference 2003 & 2004, Hiwassee Debate Camp in Tennessee 2004, Summer Debate Institute 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007, and the Patrick Henry College Debate Camp 2005.

Quotation:  "To change and to change for the better are two different things" -German Proverb

Favorite sports team:  Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: This will be my 5th year teaching at the Summer Debate Institute and I still get excited as the beginning of the camp draws near. I am thrilled to meet a number of you and help jump-start your 2008-2009 debate season. The Summer Debate Institute provides you with the tools you need to learn or further maintain your debate fundamentals, excellent staff feedback through drills, critique rounds and hands on training, and first class outside expert speakers to help us all get a better understanding of the resolution. On top of all of that, everyone meets fellow debaters and creates lifelong friends at SDI. I look forward to meeting you and challenging you to be the best you can be!

Jacob Quan

High school Experience/Awards: Jacob competed and coached extensively in high school, beginning with several first place speaker awards in his freshman year and continuing with equal success. He qualified for nationals in both team policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate as well as several speech events and coached many nationally ranking debaters as well. 

College: 4th year Political Science Major at UCLA  

Current Forensic Experience: None in college, but the skills I learned have been invaluable in helping me as one of the directors of the Special Olympics at UCLA Program, as well as one of the leaders of the UCLA Taekwondo Team.  

Coaching Experience: Competed three years in team debate and speech and one year in Lincoln Douglas. Coaching began during my Lincoln Douglas year, and continued all through high school, so four years total of coaching.  

Quotation: John Wooden "The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move." 

Note from Jacob: Excited to come to SDI. Hopefully we'll have a lot of learning, and perhaps a bit of fun too.

Heather Zupancic

Heather will be joining us in her first year on the SDI staff.  As a former member of Chicago CHARGE and current member of the College of DuPage Forensics Team, Heather is excited to pass along her expertise to the students at SDI this year.


Stephen Colbert

Bio
: Stephen Colbert (yes, for real) once had a dream of hosting a
television show where he could discuss politics and current events
while entertaining an audience.  Due to copyright infringement and and
some poser, he diverted his energy to high school debate, where he
Attended nationals 4 times and almost beat Jason in a a random final
one time.  After Graduation, Stephen moved on to compete in College
Forensics at COD and earned a silver medal in parliamentary debate at
nationals.  Stephen then transferred to Bradley University to get a
degree in Entrepreneurship and participated with the Bradley speech
tea. Stephen took the spring semester off school to save money and is
currently working at Subway making 5 dollar foot longs to fund his
return to school and forensics this fall.

Coaching Experience: This will be Stephen's second year teaching at
SDI. He assists in coaching the Chicago CHARGE team when he's able and
has been involved in peer coaching for both COD and Bradley forensics
teams.

Quotation: "I live my life free of compromise, and step into the
shadows without complaint or regret." -Rorschach, Watchmen, Alan
Moore.

On a less serious note "The secret of life is honesty and fair
dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." -Groucho Marx

Note from Stephen : SDI was always the highlight of my summer as a
debater.  My goal in teaching debate is not to teach how to have the
right answers, but how to ask the right questions.
2008 Adjunct Staff

David Dinsmore

Bio: David competed in debate for two years in the NCFCA, debated at nationals both years, and placed 8th at nationals in 2006. He is currently studying Literature and Philosophy at Geneva College where he is entering his Junior year.

Teaching experience: David has been helping to critique rounds with his home club, Chicago CHARGE, when he’s not at school and has critiqued rounds at SDI over the years. He also works as a Teacher’s Assistant for Geneva College’s Humanities program. 

Favorite Quote: “He that knows nothing will believe anything." ~ Thomas Fuller 

Favorite Sports Team: David was told that CHARGE doesn’t count as a sports team, but he didn’t seem to care about any other kind of team.

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: Teaching Humanities is fun, but debate might be even more fun and SDI students are a joy to work with! Also, I think the title “Adjunct Staff” is really cool!

Jason Lam

Bio: Jason was born. He immediately caught jaundice. Things went downhill from there. Along the way, he competed in NCFCA for five years, and was co-captain of Chicago CHARGE for the last two years. He now is headed to Texas to get a tan and *not* compete in college forensics. Alternate versions of that last sentence include allegations that he in fact is ditching his family, putting undue stress on his girlfriend, and is majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science at Texas Christian University.

Teaching Experience: Jason taught two classes of novices for CHARGE, did everything that goes along with being captain (which is basically being a bright, cheery face while you inflict torture), helped kids with math, and taught a lot of people how to play Kings of Chaos.

Favorite Quote: "Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent." ~Nick Naylor

Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, TCU Horned Frogs

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: The league has given me a lot. This helps me give back.

Peter Villim

Bio: Peter spent a total of six years competing in and enjoying debate in NCFCA which is probably more than is healthy for anyone. Along the way he competed and broke three times at the national level and won a few tournaments. His last two years in the league he co-captained Chicago CHARGE. He also spent his time in high school programming, running a computer business, interning during the summer, playing soccer, and pretending to know how to play golf among other things. This fall he will be attending the University of Illinois where he will be majoring in Industrial Engineering. He’s not quite sure what he will be doing in college other than studying and consuming caffeine. 

Teaching Experience: As co-captain of Chicago CHARGE Peter did a fair bit of teaching related to debate. During high school he also ran a neighborhood computer business which at times gave him experience teaching computer skills to people who had never touched computers before. 

Favorite Quote: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, [darn] lies, and statistics.” -Benjamin Disraeli

Favorite Sports Teams: Peter still doesn’t know the names of most of the sports teams in his city and only recently figured out his college has a decent basketball team. He does know that his calc teacher seemed to be happier in class when his favorite football team was doing well. 

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: I really got a lot out of the league during my time in it, and I’d like to help other kids try to get as much out of it as I did.

Jesse Wahlen

Bio: Jesse’s involvement in Speech and Debate began in the NCFCA in 2001. During his career in the league, he earned many awards including 1st Place Policy Debate Team, 1st Place Duo Interp and 1st Place Apologetics at Regionals as well as 4th Place Apologetics at Nationals in 2005. Currently, he is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago where is a Presidential Scholar majoring in Economics. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business student honors society. In college, Jesse is an Elaine Bruggemeir debate scholar and president of the LUC Debate Society, the oldest debate team in the nation. He won the Loyola University Chicago Ethics Bowl and has been ranked one of the top 100 teams in the National Parliamentary Debate Association. Jesse is also an intern in the Equity Research department of Morningstar Inc. 

Teaching Experience: Jesse helped teach the novice class at his home club in Racine, Wisconsin in 2005. He also taught a workshop on Apologetics in 2006 for CHARGE and regularly works with the novices in his debate club at Loyola. 

Favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs 

Quote: "But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.” - Albert Camus 

Why you're excited to be an SDI staffer: I am a firm believer that those who teach learn, so I look forward to learning along with the other students. I have never been involved with SDI before, so I am looking for to being a part of it. 


Jonathan Dinsmore

High school Experience/Awards: 4 years of TP debate 1st year 9th place at nats, then 8th place then 18th place with 3rd place speaker.

College:I have completed one year at Geneva College in western PA, majoring in engineering.

Current Forensic Experience: I am not currently engaged in any sort o forensics but have found my background helpful for the several engineering presentations that I have had to do and for helping me be able to more effectively organize my thinking.

Coaching Experience: I have done some coaching during the various college brakes this past year

Note from Jonathan: SDI: where nerds can just be nerds. (I’m still working on it…)

Grace Hollister

Bio:Gracie competed in NCFCA for three years and went to nationals twice in speech events. She is currently attending North Central College in Naperville, IL with a major in Organizational Communications and a double minor in History of Ideas and Psychology. Training and competition in forensics has been beneficial to her college education, especially in her communication and speech classes. This past year, she aided in coaching and training novice debaters in Chicago.

Quotation: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Note from Gracie: SDI is a really great way to start the debate season. You'll learn a lot of information, have healthy competition with the other students, and make new friends. I hope you all have as much fun here as I did!


Chris Heggem

Bio: There is a difference between talking and speaking. Chris has always been a talker, but it took high school forensics to change him into a speaker. In each year of his competition in the NCFCA (2001-2003), Chris qualified for nationals and placed 2nd in Dramatic, 2nd in Combined Sweepstakes, 3rd in Policy Debate, and 4th Policy
Debate Speaker in 2003. Since then Chris went on to coach at Clash, the winningest club in HSLDA/NCFCA history. After two years of coaching, Chris left his home state of California to compete for Carson-Newman College. This past year, Carson-Newman College became the national champions in forensics and Chris won the state championship in parliamentary debate.

Teaching Experience: Chris has taught speech and debate to over 5,000 high school and college students. Communicators for Christ, De Anza College, and Santa Clara University are just a few of the different venues that Chris has spent time teaching.

Quote: "LD is like training wheels without the bike." -Chris Heggem

Specialization: Making lousy mashed potatoes. From scratch. Also, is skilled at cross-examination and debate strategy.

Non-Forensics life: He loves Carson-Newman College and East Tennessee. He spends much of his time playing sports and hanging with friends. For a living, Chris runs a small videography company and works with several start-ups including MyHandshake.com

Note from Chris: Be my friend, please.
Kirsten Flewelling
BIO: Kirsten Flewelling's current existence is defined through and by her experiences in NCFCA. At age 13, she attended her first debate conference, and in the past eight years, has not been able to escape from debate's persistent clutches. Her high school debate career culminated in national titles in both Lincoln-Douglas (2002) and Team Policy debate (2003). In 2003, Kirsten competed in parliamentary debate for Point Loma Nazarene University. That year, Point Loma took first place for the overall college rankings. Since then, Kirsten has coached for Paradigm Speech & Debate club in San Diego, focusing on policy debate and limited preparation events.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Lincoln-Douglas Debate Conference in Illinois, 2002; Fall Forensics Workshop in California, 2002-2005; Introduction to Debate Class for Heritage Christian School, 2002-2004; Summer Debate Institute, 2005; Masters' Conference with Communicators for Christ, 2003, 2006; Coach of Paradigm Speech & Debate Club, 2003-2006

SPECIALIZATION: Talking in the 3rd person; Lincoln-Douglas; Policy; Limited Prep events

QUOTE: She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short. - Brian Andreas

The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory. - Viktor Frankl

NON-FORENSICS LIFE: Kirsten is finishing up her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, where she has a double-major in History and Political Science. She is actively pursuing several directions for her post-undergraduate life (Harare, New York, or Boston), and God only knows where she'll end up. In this present time between past & future, she spends her time laughing, dancing and listening to music, preferably in the company of her best friends.

NOTE: Debate is wonderful, but people even moreso.
Renee Jorgensen
Bio: Now a Junior at Biola University, Renee engaged in public speaking and debate for six years in Jr and Sr High school. Top awards include 5th Team Policy(2002), 4th Combined Sweepstakes (2002), Impromptu Champion (2004), and also the California Team Policy Championship (2003). In college debate, she and her partner quarterfinaled at NCCFI Nationals.

Teaching Experience: Renee has been teaching almost since learned how to speak in public. She served as a student coach for AXIOM(speech club) and CLASH(debate), toured as an instructor for Communicators for Christ in 2004, taught at three Masters Conferences and nine Forensics camps for schools such as Santa Clara University & Green Valley Christian High School.

Quote: "Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs." -Alice in Wonderland

Specialization: Foreign policy & drawing.

Non-Forensics life: Whether she's painting a series of portraits, playing a friendly game of tennis or just reading a book, Renee keeps a busy but fun schedule. This year she's taking a full load of philosophy classes, working a couple of jobs, and is active in Defending Human Value, a local pro-life club.

Note: If you ever feel overwhelmed by the gravity of the world, read some Dr. Seuss.
Kristi Lam
Bio: Kristi competed in NCFCA for three years and qualified for nationals each year. At the 2005 National tournament, she ranked eleventh place team and third place speaker. She was also the 2004-2005 debate captain of Chicago CHARGE. Presently, Kristi is a junior at Olivet Nazarene University, where she majors in Communication Studies and Video/TV Production and minors in Political Science and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Teaching experience: Two years of Chicago CHARGE novice classes and two years of SDI. Also taught her little sister how to hang a spoon from her nose.

Quote: "I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way." ~A.A. Milne

Specialization: Meditation on esoteric abstractions and their appropriate application to analogous familiars.

Non-forensics life: Kristi works at Starbucks and likes it very much. Kristi would like to inform the health conscious that she can make a drink with a decaf half-shot, sugar-free syrup, nonfat milk, no whipped cream or foam, and light ice. Or just order an iced tea. At her beloved ONU, summer home of the Chicago Bears, Kristi enjoys reporting for the campus news program and serving on student social committee.
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Ryan Stollar
BIO: Ryan has a Master of Arts in Eastern Classics from the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Gutenberg College. His interests include comparative religion studies, sociology of religion (especially in reference to American Evangelicalism), the communication of religious concerns through the media of film, the art and craft of poetry, and the creation of the fine dining experience.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Ryan actively participated in NCFCA since its inception, both through publications and hands-on coaching. He has edited and/or co-edited the policy debate sourcebooks Plethora, Plethora Reloaded, Plethora Revolutions, Uber-Plethora, The Last Breath of a Dying Plethora, as well as two LD sourcebooks, Murmurs of Conscience and Quiddity. Ryan authored an introduction to intermediate debate theory, Beyond Baby Steps. He also co-authored Coaching Policy Debate with his parents, Terry and Deanna Stollar.

His coaching experiences include lecturing and training thousands of students across the nation with Communicators for Christ conferences, Cedarville University's Policy Debate Institute, the University of Oregon's Summer Debate Institute, the Intrepid Summer Debate Summit in Tennessee, the Illinois Christian Communicators Summer Debate Institute, and the Training Minds Ministry Lincoln-Douglas Debate Camp in Colorado. He also has provided coaching to the following clubs: Antithesis Mid-Valley Oregon Debate Club, CHAOS Debate Club of Alamo, California, Clash San Jose Debate Club of California, and Rainmakers Debate Club in Portland, Oregon.

SPECIALIZATION: Values debate; making words pretty; making things taste good

QUOTE: "There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other's cooking & say it was good." ~ Brian Andreas
“This story is about truth, beauty, freedom; but above all things, this story is about love” ~ Moulin Rouge

NON-FORENSICS LIFE: Ryan has spent the last three years in three different regions: Santa Fe, New Mexico, San Diego, California, and Eugene, Oregon. During this time he has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Global Education Fund, an education-enhancement advocacy group working for Nicaraguan teachers; he has fought on behalf of increased public transportation in Santa Fe and Albuquerque as a campaign assistant with the New Mexico Public Transportation Association; and most importantly, he has begun his foray into the specialty beverage industry, commencing this foray with a career in the specialty coffee market. Ryan has worked as barista, shift manager, as well as a Black Apron Coffee Master for the Starbucks Coffee Company in three different states and also had a stint managing an independent coffee shop and café while residing in San Diego, California. (Ryan makes aprons look good.)
Ryan aims to eventually pursue a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, create a new genre of poetry, write a postmodern bedtime story for children, as well as one day receive an honorary PhD in something as of yet unknown. But for the time being he contents himself with eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Benjamin Wolfson
Bio: Speech has been a part of Benjamin's life starting at an early age in grade school with drama and speech competitions. Starting in high school Benjamin began his experience in NCFCA with Team policy debate and speech events. He qualified for the 2002, 2003 and 2004 National Tournaments, placing 2nd Place Policy debate team in 2002, 1st place Sweepstakes Champion in 2003, and 12th Place Policy debate team and 5th place overall Sweepstakes in 2004. Benjamin competed for the College of DuPage where he was the 2005 Illinois state runner-up in open parliamentary debate, 2005 state sweepstakes champion, 2006 state parliamentary debate champion, and won national championships in parliamentary debate, extemporaneous speaking and communication analysis. In addition, Benjamin was the head coach for Chicago CHARGE Speech and Debate Club, leading the club to national preeminence in both speech and debate. He attends Loyola University in Chicago where he is completing a degree in finance and accounting.

Teaching Experience: In addition to being a full time teacher and head coach for Chicago CHARGE, Benjamin has had the opportunity to teach student's from around the country. Benjamin has also had the privilege of teaching with Communicators for Christ for two years at numerous conferences as well as running debate workshops for NCFCA policy debaters including Masters Conference 2003 & 2004, Hiwassee Debate Camp in Tennessee 2004, Summer Debate Institute 2004, 2005, & 2006, and the Patrick Henry College Debate Camp 2005.

Quote: "To change and to change for the better are two different things" -German Proverb

Specialization: Eating white chocolate... and Starbucks iced-grande-raspberry-no whip-white chocolate mochas. *hint hint*

Non-Forensics life: While Benjamin misses working at Starbucks very much and is envious of people like Kristi and Ryan who still get to have cool jobs where people get to have fun and drink yummy goodness, he is happy to be working in his field of study at Morgan Stanley. When Benjamin is not busy studying or working, he enjoys other activities such as playing piano and guitar, skiing, camping, off-trail biking, and fine tuning his multi million dollar portfolio in international trade and gold mining. Benjamin recently tried out for the next season of The Bachelor and will take off a semester to be a gentleman. Be sure to catch this season to see him!

Note from Benjamin: The Summer Debate Institute is a unique opportunity not only to learn about debate specific to NCFCA, but also a week to meet many other students and leaders in the league as well. I look forward to spending time discussing the topic, theory and most of all getting to know many of you better. I hope to see you there!
Jonathan Wolfson
Bio: Jonathan has been analyzing the costs and benefits of decisions, debating (mostly with himself), and talking for a number of years. Sources (who refuse to be named due to their security clearance) claim that he's been doing these things for over 22 years. Competitive forensics entered Jonathan's life as a result of a rather jarring injury and while we still question his sanity, he's been involved in competitive debate ever since. Jonathan competed in NCFCA team policy debate for three years and speech for two. He helped to found Chicago CHARGE Speech and Debate Club in 2002 and was the head coach in 2003. He qualified for the 2001 and 2002 National Tournaments placing 2nd Place Policy debate team in 2002 (with his little brother) and 5th place overall Sweepstakes. Jonathan continued his success in college winning state and national championships in extemporaneous speaking and parliamentary debate. Jonathan graduate Magna Cum Laude with an AB in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 and has since been working at the President's Council of Economic Advisers in Washington, DC where he now serves as Director of Research Support. He will be attending the University of Virginia Law School this fall. Jonathan continues his active role in competitive forensics serving as a coach for Chicago CHARGE and other students around the country. He is the author of The Great Debate and has taught at camps nationwide. Jonathan is probably best known as Benjy's big brother.

Teaching Experience: In addition to coaching for CHARGE and other students, Jonathan has had the privilege of working with students at camps and clinics throughout the nation. He has taught at Communicators for Christ's Master's Conference, Christian Communicator's of Pennsylvania's I "heart" debate workshop, the Christian Communicator's of Tennessee Hiwassee Debate Camp, and this will be his fourth year on staff of the Summer Debate Institute.

Quote: "Debate is life...The rest is just research" – Me

Although more appropriately: "The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being argued, but the ones that are assumed." - C.S. Lewis

Specialization: Economics, and judging final rounds at nationals, and he can grill a great steak!

Non-Forensics life: For Jonathan, if he's not debating someone else, he starts to debate himself. He is seeking counseling for this, but in the meantime, he tries to read books he keeps on his bookshelf of rich mahogany. He enjoys running, fine dining, and is flying around on his magic carpet.

Note from Jonathan: The Summer Debate Institute is a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the upcoming debate season in the company of a wonderful staff and amongst a great group of fellow students. I count it a privilege to come and be a part of this camp again this year and look forward to assisting students and their parents in better developing their communication and argumentation skills to use for a purpose.
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