Debate Team Executive Leadership

I've been involved on the Blue Valley West policy debate team for 4 years (2015-present). On the team, I have assumed a leadership role on our Executive Council, where I lead and organize the debate squad. Additionally, I am the President of our Middle School Debate Club (2015-present), where I, along with other members of the team, travel to the local middle schools to teach and mentor them on debate activities and help them develop their public speaking and research skills.

Debate Competitions, Qualifications and Rankings

I have been very competitive both on the Kansas circuit as well as at various national circuit tournaments. Some of my notable performances are:

• Champion at the Blue Valley North Invitational and received five (5) bids to the Kansas Debate Coaches Invitational (10/12/18--10/13/18)

• Contributed to the Blue Valley West winning 1st place sweepstakes at the tournament (10/12/18--10/13/18)

• Three time qualifier to the Kansas State tournament (in 2016, 2017, 2018)

• Two time qualifier to the Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational (in 2017 and 2018)

• Qualified to the National Speech and Debate Association's National debate tournament in Public Forum Debate (2017)

• First Alternate Qualifier to the Catholic Forensic League Grand National debate tournament in Policy Debate (2018)

• 4th place in the Kansas 6A 2-Speaker State tournament (1/27-28/2017)

• 7th place (double octafinalist) in the Kansas 6A 2-Speaker State tournament (1/12-13/2018)

• 5th best speaker overall at the Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational (1/5-6/2018)

• 9th place overall at the Kansas Debate Coaches' Invitational (1/5-6/2018)

• Finished in the top 20 (16) out of 66 teams at the Iowa Mid America Cup national circuit tournament (9/23-25/2017)

• Reached finals (2nd place) at the Shawnee Mission East invitational (11/11-12/2016)

• 2nd best speaker overall and undefeated at the Blue Valley North Invitational (10/14-15/2016)

• 4th place at the Washburn Rural Invitational (9/15-16/2017)

• 3rd place at the Olathe East Invitational (October 2015)

Competitive and Successful on the Kansas Circuit

I have been very competitive and successful on the Kansas circuit so I have also started branching out to national tournaments. So far, I have attended the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) TOC (National Tournament of Champions) qualifying tournament for three years (11/6-8/2015, 11/4-6/2016, and 11/3-5/2017), where I have received a double-octafinalist trophy, and the Iowa Valley Mid America Cup TOC qualifying tournament (9/23-25/2017), where I received an octafinalist plaque.

Kansas Debate Coaches' Tournament

The Kansas Debate Coaches' tournament functions on a system of bids to qualify. I have received a total of five bids between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons:

• 1 bid at the Blue Valley North Invitational (10/14-15/2016)

• 2 bids at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational (11/11-12/2016)

• 1 bid at the Washburn Rural Invitational (9/15-16/2017)

• 1 bid at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational (11/10-11/2017)

Best 10th and Best 11th Grade Debater

I have also been awarded the title of Best 10th Grade Debater and Best 11th Grade Debater at Blue Valley West and the National Speech and Debate Association's Degree of Superior Distinction.

The University of Kansas' Jayhawk Debate Institute

In order to maximize my debate potentials, I attended the University of Kansas' Jayhawk Debate Institute (summer 2016, summer 2017, and summer 2018). The program always concludes with a tournament between all the attendees; in 2017, I reached the final elimination round and was awarded the 10th best speaker out of 56 debaters from all over Kansas and the midwest.