DDI Teaching Staff

Turner-Awsare

John Turner returned to the Dartmouth Forensic Union as Director in the Fall of 2015. As a student debating at Dartmouth he reached the CEDA National Semifinals and received a First Round At-Large Bid to the National Debate Tournament. While coaching for Dartmouth as an assistant from 2003-2009, John helped teams reach the finals of the National Debate Tournament and three Cross-Examination Debate Association National tournament finals. During his tenure four teams received top-five First Round bids to the National Debate Tournament.  He has 14 years of experience as a debate camp lab leader, including 10 years as a lab leader at the Debate Institute at Dartmouth. John received an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia. Previously, John worked as the Associate Director of Debate at Emory University’s Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education.

Shree Awsare is the Director of Forensics at North Broward Preparatory School in FL, as well as an assistant coach at James Madison University in VA.  As a competitor, he debated at Monta Vista High School in CA and founded the Policy Debate Union at Columbia University in NYC, where he was the first from his school to qualify for the NDT and made outround appearances at Fullerton, Berkeley, and CEDA.  As a coach, he specializes in helping hard-working students who don’t compete for traditionally strong programs make the transition from good to great.  Shree’s students have received accolades at Wake, Lexington, Harvard, Blake, the Michigan Senior and Junior Round Robins, the NCFL, and a variety of other regional and national tournaments.

Malsin-Klarman

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Mikaela Malsin is the Director of Debate at Georgetown University.  Mikaela graduated from Emory University in 2010, where she was an integral member of the NDT- and Copeland-winning debate squad. She completed her M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest, where she coached a team selected as first round qualifiers to the National Debate Tournament, as well as participants in many elimination rounds including the NDT. She also coached the 2010 and 2011 winners of the Tournament of Champions.

Brian Klarman is an Assistant Debate Coach at Dartmouth. Brian received a First-Round At-Large Bid to the 2016 National Debate Tournament and qualified to the NDT each of his three years debating at Emory. Debating at Pace Academy, Brian twice qualified to the Tournament of Champions.

Shook-Ogbuli

Lindsey Shook coached at the University of Kansas for 5 years, during which time the team earned 9 first round bids, won the NDT, and was in CEDA finals. She is now the assistant director of debate at James Madison University where she coaches a squad of about 30 debaters of all skill levels. Students from her labs over the years have won state championships, qualified for NFLs and the TOC, and gone on to successful college careers. Lindsey loves teaching at camp and really looks forward to helping students learn fundamental skills for success while helping them to develop the kinds of arguments they are interested in most.

  
Anthony Ogbuli recently graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters degree in Political Science. In high school, he has coached multiple teams to Tournament of Champions qualification. In college, he qualified for the National Debate Tournament several times, and was in elimination rounds of CEDA, three years in a row. He has previously worked at the Georgetown Debate Institute, Spartan Debate Institute and the Stanford National Debate Institute.

 Hampton-Bankey

 Jyleesa Hampton coaches for the Copeland winning and NDT Championship team at the University of Kansas.

 

Brendon Bankey  is currently a PhD candidate and assistant debate coach at the University of Kansas. Last season, he co-coached the #1 ranked team in the nation and champions of the 2018 National Debate Tournament. Before attending KU, Brendon received his Master’s Degree and served as a graduate assistant debate coach at Wake Forest University. Throughout his time in graduate school, Brendon has been actively involved in high school debate. He has been an assistant coach at Pace Academy since 2014. Some of Pace’s accomplishments during that span include winning the 2015 National Debate Coaches Association Tournament, winning the Glenbrooks, and receiving the top speaker award at St. Marks. Prior to working for Pace, Brendon spent four seasons working with Whitney Young, which culminated in an elimination debate appearance at the Tournament of Champions.

Research Staff

Nick Lepp has just finished his first year of graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he coached the team of UNLV GH to receive a first round bid to the National Debate Tournament as the third ranked team in the country. During his five years at James Madison University, Nick was a four-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament himself and an octofinalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association national debate tournament, as well as the winner of numerous regional tournaments. Nick is currently an assistant debate coach at Cypress Bay high school where he has coached their most recent team to two break rounds at the Tournament of Champions. He has also coached several previous schools to qualify to the Tournament of Champions.

Brandon Kelley is the Assistant Director of Debate at Georgetown University. In his first year of coaching, he coached two teams to the NDT, one team to the NDT finals, and the NDT top speaker.  Prior to coaching, he debated for Georgetown for four years and qualified to the NDT.

Two Week Program Teaching Staff

Parliamentary

Rutan EverettEverett Rutan is Executive Director of the Connecticut Debate Association, the primary high school debate league in the state. With over 40 member schools, the CDA attracts over 500 debaters to its monthly extemporaneous debate tournaments. He coaches at Xavier High School, and writes extensively on debate issues on the CDA website, http://ctdebate.org . He has run tab for the Yale Osterweis parliamentary tournament, and has directed the parliamentary division of the Yale Invitational and the UPenn Liberty Bell Classic.

 

Residence Hall Staff

Bill Solice comes to DDI with many years combined experience in education. His philosophy of supervision in the dorms is focused on providing a safe, nurturing environment that supports the exciting and rigorous learning that happens during DDI. Bill has 10 years experience with dorm supervision and served as a Residence Director with the Dartmouth Debate Workshop for the last 6 summers. Bill teaches science, is completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and has experience as an emergency medical technician. Additionally, they bring 20 years of parenting experience with them to dorm life at DDI. Their daughter, Maggie, was a successful debater who attended DDI during her high school years and now coaches debate at Harvard.