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Benjamin Koh is a phenomenal educator who truly cares about his students. He not only provides excellent strategic assistance but makes sure that all of his debaters feels supported. He is someone that the debate community should be grateful for.
— Nathan Cha, 2014 TOC Octafnialist

Highlights

  • Coached the TOC Finalist (2014), TOC Double-Octafinalists (2014, 2015), TOC Octafinalists (2014, 2016), and NCFL Champion (2016)
  • Taught the Top Lab at the Texas Debate Collective and NSD Philadelphia
  • Planning Committee Member for the Texas Debate Collective 

Benjamin Koh debated for 4 years at Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he was the team captain his senior year. His junior year he qualified to Nationals in policy debate and to the TOC in Lincoln-Douglas debate his senior year. For three years he was the Head Lincoln-Douglas Debate Coach at Byram Hills High School where he revolutionized the team and brought it to national prominence, maintaining a streak of Byram Hills TOC qualifiers for four years and coaching a TOC Double-Octafinalist and a TOC Octafinalist from the team in back to back years. In his private coaching, Ben has worked with multiple students to national success across the country including in Texas, California, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. His private students have been in outrounds of the TOC, championed the Ohio State Tournament along with the 2016 National Catholic Forensics League Tournament, one of the largest championships in the country. 

In high school, Ben began stuttering in debate rounds, which greatly restricted his ability to perform and speak. Through debate, Ben was able to overcome the majority of his stutter and now continues to work closely with other debaters with speech impediments and is an advocate for debaters with speech impediments to pursue debate. His experiences are written in an 2014 NSD Update article located here. 

Ben will graduate New York University this year with a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis and a Minor in Media, Culture, and Communications. He plans on pursuing a MA in American Studies and eventually a Ph.D. in American Studies with a concentration in Asian-American and Disability Studies. In addition to working at the Flagship session the past 4 summers and directing the Philadelphia institute, Ben is on the planning committee for the Texas Debate Collective, a non-profit institution in Austin, TX for low-income students to have access to high quality summer debate instruction. He has taught the Top Lab both at TDC and NSD Philadelphia.