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Jenn Melin, Director of NSD Texas
University of North Texas, BA
Jenn Melin has been active in the national and Texas debate communities for fifteen years. As a coach her students have been in out rounds of virtually every major national tournament. She has coached champions of the Grapevine and University of Texas TOC Bid Tournaments. Jenn has qualified thirteen different students to the TOC, with a significant number of those qualifications coming from small Texas programs with travel restrictions. She has qualified almost every student she’s ever coached to TFA State; culminating in a record setting fourteen LD qualifications in a single year. She coached the 2016 Grapevine runner-up. Her students have participated in out rounds of both TOC and TFA. Jenn has also coached a UIL 5A State Champion.This will be her second year directing NSD Texas.
Chris Castillo, Director of NSD Texas
University of Houston, BA
Chris has been the Head LD Coach at Strake Jesuit in Houston, TX for 10 years. He has coached the champions of Grapevine, UT Austin, University of Houston, St. Mark's, Lexington, CPS, Victory Briefs (now Harvard-Westlake), and Berkeley. He is also the coach of the 2018 TFA State champion. He has coached students to finals at every TOC bid tournament in Texas along with at least semifinalists at 8 different TOC Octafinal bid tournaments. His debaters have won the Greenhill, Lake Highland Prep, Bronx, Sunvite, and TDC round robins and have been named top speakers at Greenhill, St. Mark's, TFA State, Stanford, Harvard to name a few. Chris has worked for 17 years as a coach, judge, tabroom director, and institute director. He is currently a member of the National Speech and Debate Association LD topic wording committee. A staple of the community and a common sight at nearly every major national tournament, Chris was awarded the Bronx Achievement Award for his contributions to the debate community.
Montgomery High School, TX' ‘19
Anderson High School, TX '19
Washington University in St. Louis, MO '23
Sesh debated for Anderson High School for four years. He qualified for TFA State every season, breaking as 4th seed his sophomore year. During his senior year, he received 4 bids at Glenbrooks, St. Mark's, UT, and Churchill. He championed the Strake Round Robin, the Winston Churchill Classic, and the Longhorn Classic, and received top speaker at the Strake Jesuit tournament, the Strake Round Robin and St. Marks.
His debate interests mainly include K's and theory, as well as some philosophy
Lake Travis High School, TX ‘19
Beckett Larcher debated independently at Lake Travis High School for 3 years. Beckett has received 5 bids to the Tournament of Champions, reaching the quarterfinals of the New York City Invitational and the Mid America Cup, Octafinals at both Greenhill and Apple Valley, and finals at the Lake Highland Round Robin. He was the 3rd speaker at both the Voices Invitational and the Lake Highland Round Robin, and was also the 5th speaker at the Mid America Cup. Beckett specializes in critical debate surrounding psychoanalysis and disability.
Southlake Carroll High School, TX ‘19
Samir debated for 4 years at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas. He qualified to TFA state his sophomore, junior, and senior year, reaching quarters his junior year and qualified to the Tournament of Champions his senior year. His debate interests center around policy style arguments/LARP-ing. Outside of debate Samir enjoys traveling, listening to new music, and eating good food.
Dulles High School, TX, '18
University of Texas San Antonio, TX, '22
Michael Kurian did Lincoln-Douglas debate at Dulles High School in Houston, TX for two years. So far in his senior year he has earned five career bids, reaching elimination rounds at Harvard, St. Marks and Winston Churchill and getting to late outrounds at Holy Cross, Strake Jesuit, Colleyville, the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and Valley. He qualified to the TOC twice, getting to the bubble round as a junior. His debate interests are framework and critical theory with a focus on Nietzsche, Psychoanalysis, and Orthodox Marxism. He looks forward to teaching at NSD and sees debate as an educational platform for activism and political praxis. Next semester he will be studying Philosophy, Literature, and Anthropology under the UT Capstone Program for Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, San Antonio.