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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.
Keller HS 19’
Howard University 23’
Jada debated for 2.5 years at Keller High School in Texas where she served as team captain her Senior year. During her time on the team, she assisted in teaching the intro to debate classes, coaching the novice LD and Policy teams, and helped create a middle school debate program. Jada qualified for TFA State her Junior and Senior year, as well as reaching out rounds of Grapevine, UT, Colleyville, and Harvard. Her debate interests include antiblackness literature, performance debate, and topicality arguments. Outside of debate, Jada enjoys volunteering, dance, and traveling. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the NSD staff this summer!
Montgomery High School, TX' ‘19
Grayson Constantine debated for four years at Montgomery High School and did national circuit LD for the last two. Over his four years, he made it to out-rounds of TFA state, UIL state, and qualified to Nationals and the TOC. So far this year, he has accumulated four career bids and five more bid rounds. Some notable achievements are making it to at least the bid round of every tournament he attended, making it to late out-rounds of Grapevine, Heritage Hall, and Strake Jesuit, and co-championing the Strake Round Robin and the University of Houston tournament. His debate interests centered around high-theory kritiks, but he’s familiar with framework and theory debate as well. He’s super excited to teach over the summer and share his passion for debate with others!
B&K Prep, TX, ‘19
Colorado State University, CO ‘23
Kati debated for three years: one at Lovejoy high school and the remaining as a homeschooled student (B&K Prep). All three years of her debate career she qualified for TFA state, earning more than a total of 60 state points, as well as qualifying to NSDA nationals her freshman year. She went to three bid tournaments her senior year, breaking at all three and reaching the bid round at two. A proud volunteer for the Dallas Urban Debate League, Kati absolutely loves coaching and spends most of her free time working with low-income debaters and helping teams with minimal help. Her debate interests include kritikal arguments with a concentration in performance, indigeneity, and affect theory. She will be attending Colorado State University in the fall where she will be dual-majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. Kati cannot wait to return to debate camp as an instructor!
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 5 bids at Glenbrooks, St. Mark's, Berkeley, 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.
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.
James Bowie High School, TX ‘18
Tate debated for James Bowie high school in Austin Texas for four years. He qualified to the TOC his senior year, championed the University of Texas tournament, placed 3rd at the Strake Jesuit tournament and Round Robin, and received speaker awards at every tournament he attended. Tate's interests include almost all branches of kritik debate with a particular focus on Deleuze, Wynter, Baudrillard, and Lacan