Working with Ben Kessler has been a wonderful experience; he teaches honestly and compassionately. He has always been there to help me push myself to articulate my ideas a little bit better or learn a little bit more about each topic - even when I would otherwise not have seen how to improve
— Kaley Pillinger, 2016 TOC Octafinalist

Highlights

  • Finished career in Semifinals of the Tournament of Champions and Winning the NCFL National Championship
  • Ranked 2nd Nationally
  • Coached 16 total bids, including champions at Bronx Science, Columbia, Princeton, and Villiger

Ben Kessler debated for Stuyvesant High School for 4 years, where he was the Public Forum Captain. Over this time, Ben was among the top 5 speakers at the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Crestian Tradition Tournament, and the Scarsdale Invitational. In his senior year, Ben finished ranked 2nd in the country and earned 11 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where he semifinaled. Ben also championed the Blake Tournament, the George Mason Invitational, the Columbia Invitational, and the NCFL Grandnational Championship. Since graduating, Ben has coached teams from Hunter High School in New York. His teams have cumulatively amassed 16 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where 2 of his teams have advanced to the octafinal round. His teams have also championed the New York City Invitational, Columbia Invitational, Princeton Invitational, and Villiger Invitational.