LD NSDA Workshop

For just $15, Triumph Debate is hosting a 1-day virtual workshop on June 5th, 2022 to prepare Lincoln Douglas Debate students for the NSDA National Tournament.

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Workshop Schedule

The LD NSDA Workshop will be held on June 5th, from roughly 5pm - 8pm ET (2-5pm PT). All times listed on this schedule are in ET.

Workshop Schedule

The LD NSDA Workshop will be held on June 5th, from roughly 5pm - 8pm ET (2-5pm PT). All times listed on this schedule are in ET.

Workshop Staff

Ian Mikkelsen is pursuing his doctorate in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He competed in high school and collegiate speech and debate for 7 years at the National level. In high school, Ian won the 2011 Kansas State Championship in Lincoln Douglas debate and concluded his high-school career as the National LD Runner-up at the NCFL 2011 championship. In college, Ian competed in Parliamentary Debate winning multiple National Invitationals and took 2nd and 3rd place in the 2014 and 2015 National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. Ian also coached several top high-school competitors, helping his alma mater win its second LD State Championship, and break to late out rounds in Public Forum at Nationals. Recently, he coached students out rounds at NSDA Nationals, qualifying bids to the TOC Lincoln Douglas Tournament, as well as the 4th place speaker and 2020 National Champion in LD for NSDA. In collegiate debate, his students have 2016 IPDA National Championship, as well as several late out round placements in Team IPDA Nationals. He currently works at DFWSD as a coach as well as a hired judge and coach for several collegiate programs when he has the time.
Ian Mikkelsen is pursuing his doctorate in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He competed in high school and collegiate speech and debate for 7 years at the National level. In high school, Ian won the 2011 Kansas State Championship in Lincoln Douglas debate and concluded his high-school career as the National LD Runner-up at the NCFL 2011 championship. In college, Ian competed in Parliamentary Debate winning multiple National Invitationals and took 2nd and 3rd place in the 2014 and 2015 National Parliamentary Debate Association Tournament. Ian also coached several top high-school competitors, helping his alma mater win its second LD State Championship, and break to late out rounds in Public Forum at Nationals. Recently, he coached students out rounds at NSDA Nationals, qualifying bids to the TOC Lincoln Douglas Tournament, as well as the 4th place speaker and 2020 National Champion in LD for NSDA. In collegiate debate, his students have 2016 IPDA National Championship, as well as several late out round placements in Team IPDA Nationals. He currently works at DFWSD as a coach as well as a hired judge and coach for several collegiate programs when he has the time.
Eva Lamberson competed in Lincoln Douglas for four years at Canfield High School in Ohio, where she served as the president of her team in 2018. Throughout her career, Eva succeeded at many tournaments in Ohio, advancing to break rounds and winning multiple tournaments. She was a two time state qualifier in LD, where she advanced to break rounds both years. Eva was a two time NCFL Grand National Tournament qualifier, a tournament which she championed in 2018. Eva was also a two time NSDA National qualifier, where she advanced to round twelve both years, placing fifteenth in 2017 and eleventh in 2018. During the season, she is a volunteer coach at Liberty High School. She attends Youngstown State University where she studies philosophy, English, and religion and competes on the Ethics Bowl team.
Eva Lamberson competed in Lincoln Douglas for four years at Canfield High School in Ohio, where she served as the president of her team in 2018. Throughout her career, Eva succeeded at many tournaments in Ohio, advancing to break rounds and winning multiple tournaments. She was a two time state qualifier in LD, where she advanced to break rounds both years. Eva was a two time NCFL Grand National Tournament qualifier, a tournament which she championed in 2018. Eva was also a two time NSDA National qualifier, where she advanced to round twelve both years, placing fifteenth in 2017 and eleventh in 2018. During the season, she is a volunteer coach at Liberty High School. She attends Youngstown State University where she studies philosophy, English, and religion and competes on the Ethics Bowl team.
Matthew Slencsak has been involved in Speech and Debate for over 10 years. He graduated from Howland HS in 2013, after competing in Lincoln Douglas debate for 4 years. After High School, Matt obtained a degree in IT. Matt has coached at multiple schools, building several programs from scratch including South Range High School and Liberty High School. Matt has coached students to making stage at both the state level and national level. He has had multiple state and national quarterfinalists, even coaching students to finals at the OSDA State Tournament and NSDA National Tournament. After observing problems in the Speech and Debate community, Matt co-founded Triumph Debate with the goal of creating a more welcoming and equitable space for all.
Emily Jackson has been involved in debate since she first joined her middle school's PF team and has been involved ever since, joining her school's LD program as the only member as a junior. She qualified to TFA state both years doing LD in high school, and attended NSDA in world schools twice, moving on to compete in a host of debate events for the University of North Texas debate team, including policy debate, NPDA, IPDA, and NFA-LD, and serving as a three-time NFA-LD champion at TIFA state. Since graduating high school, she has also coached at Marcus High School, and studies Ecology at UNT.
Matthew Slencsak has been involved in Speech and Debate for over 10 years. He graduated from Howland HS in 2013, after competing in Lincoln Douglas debate for 4 years. After High School, Matt obtained a degree in IT. Matt has coached at multiple schools, building several programs from scratch including South Range High School and Liberty High School. Matt has coached students to making stage at both the state level and national level. He has had multiple state and national quarterfinalists, even coaching students to finals at the OSDA State Tournament and NSDA National Tournament. After observing problems in the Speech and Debate community, Matt co-founded Triumph Debate with the goal of creating a more welcoming and equitable space for all.
Emily Jackson has been involved in debate since she first joined her middle school's PF team and has been involved ever since, joining her school's LD program as the only member as a junior. She qualified to TFA state both years doing LD in high school, and attended NSDA in world schools twice, moving on to compete in a host of debate events for the University of North Texas debate team, including policy debate, NPDA, IPDA, and NFA-LD, and serving as a three-time NFA-LD champion at TIFA state. Since graduating high school, she has also coached at Marcus High School, and studies Ecology at UNT.

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