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Ohio Policy Weekend
Workshop Series
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About the program.

Triumph Debate is pleased to announce the Ohio Policy Weekend Workshop Series. Inspired by the work that Ohio Policy Debate coaches do to promote accessibility, inclusivity, and participation in this activity, Triumph Debate wants to continue this work by providing a low-cost option for live-instruction. Of course, students from all over the country are welcome to join us. Our Weekend Workshop Series will be taught by our phenomenal coaches who have years of experience and success in the Ohio policy community. We are asking students pay a $40 fee (with fee waiver available!) to help cover technology costs, staff training, and instructional fees.

Our lecture sessions will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday, every weekend from July 10th to August 8th. Each day, lectures will last two hours and will be followed by an interactive game or activity that highlights the knowledge and skills students learned that day.



5-Weekend Schedule

July 10th - August 8th


Workshop Staff

Sean is a Policy Debate coach at his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. During his four years of high school competition, he won the Ohio Speech & Debate Tournament twice, qualified to the National Speech and Debate Tournament three times, and received a bid to the Tournament of Champions. He competed in college at Michigan State University before transferring to Ohio State where he studied political science. Sean’s passion for coaching has now led him to pursue a teaching degree at Cleveland State University. Sean’s students have seen great success including a top 32 finish at the NSDA tournament, as well as a finalist and top speaker at the OSDA tournament.

Sean Lavelle

Sean is a Policy Debate coach at his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.  During his four years of high school competition, he won the Ohio Speech & Debate Tournament twice, qualified to the National Speech and Debate Tournament three times, and received a bid to the Tournament of Champions. He competed in college at Michigan State University before transferring to Ohio State where he studied political science. Sean’s passion for coaching has now led him to pursue a teaching degree at Cleveland State University. Sean’s students have seen great success including a top 32 finish at the NSDA tournament, as well as a finalist and top speaker at the OSDA tournament.

Sophia Dal Pra

Sophia Dal Pra has done Policy Debate for four years, qualifying to the state tournament all four years. Her sophomore year she made octafinals at the state tournament, and was first alternate to NSDA nationals. Her junior year she made finals, and qualified to nationals where her and her partner broke, advancing to elimination rounds. Her senior year she advanced to semi-finals at the state tournament and qualified to NSDA nationals. She is currently debate captain, and has been coaching middle school team members since her freshman year. Sophia plans on continuing her debate career in college at the University of Kentucky, where she will be studying Political Science, Foreign Language & International Economics.

Sophia Dal Pra has done Policy Debate for five years, most recently attending the 75th National Debate Tournament. She was debate captain during high school, and had been coaching since her freshman year of high school. She qualified to NSDA Nationals twice, breaking both times, and was a 3x OSDA State tournament outrounds participant, making semi-finals and finals. Sophia was an NSDA Academic All-American and received the Christian Science Monitor Excellence in Critical Thinking Scholarship for her accomplishments. She is a volunteer assistant coach at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, and has coached and designed curriculum for the Sacramento Urban Debate League. This summer, Sophia will be coaching at Triumph and at the Matthew Ornstein Summer Debate Institute, hosted by the Washington Urban Debate League. Sophia is a rising sophomore at the University of Kentucky, where she is double majoring in Political Science and Communications.