Testimonials

Our coaching has a national reputation for excellence. Check out our students’ testimonies!

DFWSD private coaching sessions have been a powerful tool in preparing our team for the competitive season. The specifically tailored feedback, high academic standards, and challenging drills have been invaluable for building up our case and refining delivery and argumentation. DFWSD coaches understand what it takes to compete effectively on a national level, and have the experience and knowledge to take students to the highest level in meeting their goals.
— Hannah D.
DFWSD’s Intermediate/Advanced LD camp and private coaching made a substantial impact on my career in debate. To learn and make progress you need skillful instruction, dedicated encouragement, and, most importantly, you need to be challenged. DFWSD, and Mrs. Nasser specifically, has provided all of these in a professional yet caring manner that reflects their deep knowledge and experience in teaching critical thinking. The instruction and coaching helped me to truly enjoy speech and debate, conquer an initial fear of public speaking, and get the most out of my experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
— Jozef Soja (3rd place LD, 2015 National Championship)
Private coaching with Matt Rosa has helped me tremendously! I had no idea what was going on at the beginning and was really overwhelmed. Coaching has helped me understand LD and has helped me to prepare for the competition season. It has definitely given me a leg up on this year’s resolution.
— Shelby B. (2016 2nd place Lincoln Douglas champion)
Private coaching with James Russell has made our entire school year a success! Learning how to think and analyze is vital for learning and integrating knowledge in debate and in life. My son looks forward to every coaching session and always is happy after each coaching time because he has spent time learning how to think and being challenged. Thanks, James!!
— Kara F. (Parent)
DFWSD Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp was 100% without a doubt completely worth my time and money! I enjoyed every minute of it, and learned so much! All of the instructors were extremely helpful and really seemed to care about making us better debaters and critical thinkers. This camp was a new challenge to me to think more deeply than I have had to in debate rounds before. The instructors made themselves very available to us, which was one of the most helpful parts of the camp. Each instructor, whether lecturing or discussing something one-on-one made me think, instead of thinking for me. They were able to tell us when we were on the right track in our thinking, and they were able to lead us to the right answer if we weren’t, without simply spelling it out to us. They gave us plenty of opportunity for questions, and they made sure we understood before teaching us something new. This camp has really inspired me to take my debating to a whole new level, and put even more time and effort into preparation for the competition season. This camp has inspired me beyond the bounds of competition season; it has made me want to strive for excellence in thinking and speaking outside of debate rounds as well!
— Blythe Landon (1st place Team Policy, 2016 Region V Championship)
I attended Intermediate/Advanced LD camp at the beginning of the season where the coaches equipped me with the tools and processes to establish sound principles and logic for my cases. The cases I ran at nationals rested on the affirmative and negative principles I learned at camp. Without the analytic aid provided by DFWSD, I doubt I could have experienced such a successful season!
— Grayson Logue (2nd place LD, 2015 National Championship)
The NJ Intermediate Team Policy camp was excellent! The speakers were all helpful, succinct, and on-point. The breakout sessions and drills were very useful for building skills. And, the debate rounds were an awesome experience. I would definitely attend any other programs organized by DFWSD, and would highly recommend this camp for anyone looking for a great foundation in Team Policy Debate.
— A. Black (NJ)
I loved Intermediate/Advanced LD camp! It was very well run, and had the perfect mix of debate theory and application of that theory. The leaders were extremely helpful, and created an atmosphere that encouraged discussion, focused on critical thinking, and changed how we thought about the resolution and Lincoln Douglas in general. I would like to thank everyone who was involved for all of their hard work. This camp was an incredible way to kick-start this upcoming competitive season!
— M. Chapman (TX)
OUTSTANDING! You know how to do it. You set the bar high, but you gave both the Intro Team Policy and Advanced Team Policy students the tools to meet and even exceed the bar. I look forward to having my students do these camps again, and hopefully the Extemp camp as well!
— J. Wolfe (PA)
I got an excellent start on the season at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy camp, thanks to James Russell! He is an amazing debater and an even better coach. I learned the techniques necessary to have a successful year in debate!
— Anna D. (TX)
My children received excellent training at your Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy and Apologetics camps, and are much more confident and ready to begin the 2017-18 speech & debate season! The first aspect of your camp which I appreciate most is the level of professionalism projected by the leaders and expected of the students. The second aspect I appreciate is the lack of childish, time-filler games. I like your approach of giving them instruction and immediately allowing them to demonstrate what they are learning by putting them into tournament-like competitions. Your staff did an excellent job of integrating two leagues’ topics and yet specializing the training for their differing resolutions. We would definitely attend another camp offered by DFW Speech & Debate!
— D. Jarboe (TX)
I had such an amazing time at the Intermediate/Advanced Team Policy debate camp and learned a lot! I feel like I now know what a strong affirmative case needs. I also learned how to find assumptions in the affirmative teams case as the negative, and how to debate with a strong thesis! I’m glad I attended the camp!! It definitely exceeded my expectations! Thanks!!
— Aley O. (TX)
 

Looking for more? Check out our students’ results, because they speak for themselves!

Speech

Total finals appearances: 131

National championship finalists: 10

National champion titles: 3

DEBATE

Total finals appearances: 147

National championship finalists: 4

National championship titles: 3

National placings:

(Hines)/Taylor – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 National Championship

Maniscalo/Mirasola – 5th place Team Policy, 2018 National Championship

Sclater/Thompson – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 SC March Mixer 

Maniscalo/Mirasola – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 TX March Mixer 

Hill/Maniscalo – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 TX March Mixer 

Black/Storz – 1st place Team Policy, 2018 PA March Mixer

Sclater/Thompson – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Singer/Thompson – 3rd place Team Policy, 2018 TN March Mixer

Foster/Howard – 2nd place Team Policy, 2018 WI National Open

Emma Savoie -4th place LD, 2018 National Championship

Joseph Phillips -5th place LD, 2018 National Championship

Grayson Logue – 2nd place LD, 2015 National Championship

Jozef Soja – 3rd place LD, 9th place LD speaker, 2015 National Championship

Elsa Castro – 2nd place LD, 2013 National Championship

Justin Manchester – 3rd place LD, 2013 National Championship

Tyler Burton – 1st place LD, 2012 National Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place LD, 2010 National Championship

Adam Nasser – 1st place LD speaker, 2009 National Championship

Samantha Nasser – 3rd place LD, 2008 National Championship

Timothy Smith – 1st place LD, 2018 TX March Mixer

Matthew Schreiner – 2nd place LD, 2018 PA March Mixer

Joseph Phillips – 2nd place LD, 2018 NC National Open

Callie Mayer – 3rd Place LD, 2018 Cleveland (TN) March Mixer

Madeline Cutrone – 4th Place LD, 2018 Cleveland (TN) March Mixer

Peter Montgomery – 4th Place LD, 2018 Wisconsin National Open

Valerie Jones – 3rd Place LD, 2018 Brehnam (TX) Qualifier

Taylor Walters – 5th Place LD, 2018 Cincinnati (OH) March Mixer

Csoros/Erdner – 4th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Jordana/Mirasola – 8th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Taylor/Wingard – 10th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Maniscalo/Maniscalo – 12th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Daley/Schvaneveldt – 13th place Team Policy, 2017 National Championship

Sangray/van Dalen – 1st place Team Policy, 2017 Region 3 Championship

Arman/(Cutrone) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 7 Championship

Babin/Savoie – 2nd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Sclater/Thompson – 3rd place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Sclater/Wilson – 4th place Team Policy, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Temi Fayiga – 5th Place LD, 2018 WA March Mixer

Jonah Foster – 7th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Ellis Riojas – 8th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Hope Turner – 11th place LD, 2017 National Championship

Noah Foster – 1st place LD, 2017 Region VII Championship

Danielle Larson – 5th place LD, 2017 Region V Championship

Austin Walters – 6th place LD, 2017 Region 8 Championship

Landon/Pendergrass – 1st place Team Policy, 2016 Region V Championship

Taylor/Taylor – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 Region IV Championship

Sclater/Switzer – 5th place Team Policy, 2016 Region VIII Championship

Battles/(Hines) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2016 CA National Open

Taylor/Taylor – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 National Championship

Abbey Lovett – 1st place Team Policy speaker, 2015 National Championship

Burton/Chenault – 1st place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Hare/Mirasola – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Taylor/Taylor – 4th place Team Policy, 2015 Region IV Championship

Hannah/David – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Region V Championship

Beaver/(Herring) – 2nd place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

Howard/Howard – 3rd place Team Policy, 2015 Region VII Championship

John Urback – 1st place Team Policy, 2014 National Championship

Chris Hines – 1st place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Matt Rosa – 2nd place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Lauren Marchand – 7th place Team Policy speaker, 2014 National Championship

Qualifying 6 of top 8 Region IV teams to the 2014 National Championship: Castro/Ruiz (3rd), Rosa/Warren (4th), Joyce/Woodall (5th), Cochran/Joyce (6th), Cavanna/Lombardozzi (7th), Britt/Britt (8th)

Lueken/McLean – 16th place Team Policy, 2014 National Championship

Hines/Warren – 1st place Team Policy, 2013 Region IV Championship

Rosa/Rosa – 1st place Team Policy, 2013 TX State Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 2nd place Team Policy, 2013 TX State Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 1st place 2012 Region IV Championship, 1st place 2012 State Championship

DeBellevue/Hines – 2nd place Team Policy, 2012 Region IV Championship

Castro/Warren – 3rd place Team Policy, 2012 Region IV Championship

Alex Ortiz – 3rd place, 2012 UIL State Championship

Burton/Saulsberry – 2nd place Team Policy, 2011 Region IV Championship

Jenkins/Jenkins – 3rd place Team Policy, 2011 Region IV Championship