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3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience

The 3-Week Complete LD Experience combines our 2-Week Core LD Program and our Intensive Practice Round LD Session.  For more information on both programs, please visit their respective pages.

2019 3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience Staff Members Include:

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We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.

2018 3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Brian Manuel (SNFI Curriculum Coordinator & Division Director, Policy & LD Debate)

Brian Manuel, SNFI Curriculum Coordinator & Division Director, Policy & LD Debate

Brian has been coaching debate for 17 years. He is widely recognized for unrivaled talent in creating and rebuilding programs from the bottom up. Brian is currently the Director of Policy Debate for the Stanford Debate Society at Stanford University, the Director of Debate for Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in Scarsdale, NY, and a support consultant for the National Speech and Debate Association.

While the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford, Brian has rebuilt the program and most recently coached teams to 3rd place at the Cross Examination Debate Association and elimination rounds at the National Debate Tournament.  At Edgemont, Brian coached the 9th ranked policy debate in the country, four NY state championships in Policy Debate and Public Forum,  established a middle school debate program, and introduced the school to the format of Lincoln Douglas Debate.  In addition, he has had students compete on Capitol Hill in front of the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of Domestic Surveillance.

Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, Lakeland High School, Chattahoochee High School, Cathedral Preparatory School, and Scranton High School. 

Brian’s teams have cleared at virtually every major natural tournament they’ve attended.   He has coached the champions of the 2003 Big Bronx Invitational and 2008 Barkley Forum.  Additionally, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA National Championships with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012.  He has also coached the Phyllis Flory Barton top speaker in Policy Debate at NSDA Nationals in 2013.  Along with his tremendous tournament successes, Brian’s students have attended every major national round robin in the United States.

During the summer Brian serves as the Policy Institute Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute and has previously taught at the Kentucky National Debate Institute, with the Fellows program, Capitol Debate Summer Institutes, Millennial Institutes, and the Georgetown Debate Seminar.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rishi Chebrolu (LD Instructor)

Rishi Chebrolu, LD Instructor

Rishi is currently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Communication where he coaches policy debate for the William Pitt Debating Union. He also coaches at the high school level at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, qualifying a team to the TOC this past year. As a college debater, Rishi qualified to the 70th National Debate Tournament and cleared to elimination rounds at multiple regional tournaments. He has instructed in the past at the Nebraska Debate Institute, and is looking forward to his teaching at the Lincoln Douglas camp at the SNFI this year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Nate Graziano (LD Instructor)

Nate Graziano, LD Instructor

Currently a coach at Kent Denver School, Nate has been involved in debate for the last decade and will be beginning his 5th year of coaching this season. He competed in CX and LD in high school, and travelled with the University of Wyoming Policy team on the NDT/CEDA circuit during college. He also received a first round bid from the NPTE/NPDA Parliamentary Debate circuit while competing at CSU-Pueblo. While coaching at Kent Denver School, Nate has coached numerous Policy and LD debaters including 2 TOC appearances, A Glenbrooks Quarter Finalist, an ASU Invitational Championship, and several HSImpact Coaches Poll showings. Nate has worked with and coached debaters in many debate backgrounds and events and looks forward to working with you all at SNFI this summer. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Claudia Ribera (LD Instructor)

Claudia Ribera, LD Instructor

Claudia debated at Katy Taylor High School for one year and is now a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin where she currently competes in college policy debate. She cleared at national tournaments such as the University of Houston, UT Austin, Strake Jesuit, Harvard Westlake, and attended the Holy Cross Round Robin. She qualified for the NSDA World Schools Debate tournament twice and got to quarterfinals her junior year. As a first year coach, Claudia has gotten her debaters to reach elimination rounds of national tournaments such as UC Berkeley, Isidore Newman, University of Houston, Apple Valley, UT Austin, Strake Jesuit, Kandi King, Apple Valley RR, Strake Jesuit RR, and qualify to the TOC.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Eli Smith (Policy Instructor)

Eli Smith, Policy Instructor

Eli most recently coached the winners of the 2018 NDCA National Championship and the TOC in LD Debate. He has coached multiple students to the elimination rounds of the TOC and NDCA in LD. As a college debater, he "United the Crowns" as a member of the first team to win the CEDA and NDT national championships in the same year.  He has experience coacihng PF, LD, CX, and some international debate formats.  He is excited to get to work with you this summer!

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Aurelia Williams (LD Instructor)

Aurelia Williams, LD Instructor

Aurelia has debate experience at both the high school and college level, and is also an experienced social and political activist on a local and national level. She brings years of practical and academic knowledge of race and ethnicity issues domestically and internationally. Aurelia is currently a varsity policy debater and is pursuing a degree in global studies at Georgia State. Post-graduation Aurelia is planning on going to law school with a human rights concentration.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Maggie Zollo (LD Instructor)

Maggie Zollo, LD Instructor

Maggie debated for Northland Christian School for 4 years and participated in both speech and debate events locally and nationally. She currently coaches at A&M Consolidated High School where she has helped several students qualify to NSDA Nationals. Although Maggie has experience with a progressive style of debate, she also has experience teaching traditional aspects of the activity and is looking forward to helping students find a style that works for them in whatever level of debate they choose to take part in. She is currently studying Political Science and Communications at Texas A&M.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 21st - Aug 10th 9th-12th Stanford University $3,695.00 – $4,595.00
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