Meet the Executive Board!
Sam Chen is a senior at Boston Latin School and have debated for six years. He competed nationally, amassing 7 bids to the Tournament of Champions, qualifying to NSDA, TOC, and NCFLs and gaining Top Speaker at the Milo Cup and 2nd Speaker at Sunvite. He also run the largest community forum for debaters and was elected to the NSDA student leadership council. He is excited to further his love for debate beyond American borders!
Justine Mach is a senior at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! She is currently the #1 ranked Public Forum debater in Vietnam and loves to spread her passion for public speaking to people from all over the world.
Michelle Su is a senior at Northview High School in Atlanta, Georgia and she's going into her fourth year of Lincoln Douglas debating. She's competed nationally and locally, and is so excited to connect with others around the world who share the same passion for debate!
Shannon Nguyen is a junior at Saigon South International School! This is her third year of debating PF and she can’t wait to share my love for debate to passionate public speakers around the world!
Grant Goering is President of Debate and Head of Middle School Curriculum at Norman North High School. He is a senior, and did Public Forum debate for 5 years, and been coaching for 2 years. Last year, he placed 11th at USA nationals! He can’t wait to get to know everyone and is excited to work with you all!
Peggy Wu is a senior at Saigon South International school. She is currently the 2nd ranked Public Forum debater in Vietnam and this is her fourth year of doing Public Forum debate. She can’t wait to connect and work with everyone!
Kaveri is a senior at Newton South High School and is going into her fourth year of Public Forum Debate. She's competed on the local and national circuit, amassing 2 bids to the Tournament of Champions, and made it to finals at Harvard and quarterfinals at the NCFL Grand Nationals last year. She is so excited to share my passion for debate and cultivate a love for public speaking around the world!
Alex Huang is a senior at Durham Academy in North Carolina where he debated for three years. He's won the TOC, Yale, NCFLs, the King Round Robin, and the NC State Championship, accumulating 10 bids along the way. Being the novice trainer at Durham, and working with my many teammates, he has a great deal of experiencing teaching debate ranging from the basics to the cutting edge, and he is so excited to share all of that nationally and around the world!
Michale Hansen is a senior at Durham Academy in North Carolina where he debated for three years. He's won the TOC, Yale, NCFLs, the King Round Robin, and the NC State Championship, accumulating 10 bids along the way. Being the novice trainer at Durham, and working with my many teammates, he has a great deal of experiencing teaching debate ranging from the basics to the cutting edge, and he is so excited to share all of that nationally and around the world!
Meet Regional Heads!
Co-Founder & North America Regional Lead
Sam Chen directs 28 state chapters in their growth and development. He works on creating resources, developing branch impact, and hosting regional and national initiatives. Most recently, he's involved within collaboration between the Coolidge Foundation, American Speech and Debate Association, Equality in Forensics, and W.IN Debate.
Europe Regional Lead
Pia directs the France Chapter, and the European continent, including the United Kingdom Chapter. She's most involved within recruitment and expansion for the European part of Outreach Debate. Outside of debate, she frequently works in advocacy work!
Asia Regional Lead
Hello! I’m a junior at the American School in Japan and have debated for 4 years. I’ve competed nationally, and I’ve qualified to both TOC and Nationals in my high school years. Most recently, I amassed 8 bids to the TOC and was ranked top 20 in the US. I’m excited to further asian debate, especially in Japan!
Caribbean Regional Director
Victoria Knowles founded the Speech and Debate Club at her high school. This year, we joined the National Speech and Debate Association and hope to compete in international competitions in the future. Because debate is not a very widespread activity in Trinidad or even in the Caribbean, she plans to recruit more Caribbean Islands involved in debate in order to create a Caribbean regional team.
Meet Department Heads!
Director of Finances
Director of BP