Jake Nebel is Co-Executive Director of Victory Briefs and a PhD candidate in Philosophy at New York University, the #1 ranked philosophy department in the world. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University before attaining a BPhil from the University of Oxford, where where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. Jake's research has been published in Ethics, The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, The Journal Jurisprudence, The Journal of Peace Education, and Teaching Philosophy. You can view his academic website here.
As a debater for Trinity Prep (FL), Jake debated in finals of Greenhill (twice), the Glenbrooks (twice), Harvard (three times), the New York City Invitational (twice), the Barkley Forum at Emory, Yale, the Bronx Round Robin, the MBA Round Robin, the VBT Round Robin, the Vassar Round Robin, the FFL State Championship, and NSDA Nationals—winning most of those. He was Top Speaker at the Tournament of Champions, Greenhill, Harvard, the New York City Invitational (twice), the Bronx Round Robin (twice), Yale (twice), the Vassar Round Robin, the Crestian Classic, and the FFL State Championship. As a coach for the Greenhill School (TX), Jake's students have won the Tournament of Champions, the NDCA National Championship, the Dukes & Bailey Cup, the Glenbrooks, the Harvard Round Robin, the New York City Invitational, Emory (twice), the TFA State Tournament, and other national, regional, and local championships.
This will be his eleventh summer at VBI.
Chris is Co-Executive Director of Victory Briefs. Chris has been teaching at VBI since 2009. He currently coaches for his alma mater, Apple Valley (MN), and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (CA). As a coach his students have reached elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions each of the past five seasons, including two semi-finalists, and have placed in the top 12 of the NSDA National Tournament. His students have won nearly every major invitational tournament (some multiple times) including: Harvard, Greenhill, Stanford, The Minneapple, Emory, CPS, Lexington, Loyola, Damus, The Greenhill Round Robin, and others.
As a competitor he was one of only two juniors to ever win the Tournament of Champions and is the only person to win it twice. He was the champion of Blake, Emory, the Iowa Round Robin twice, the Greenhill Round Robin twice, and St. Marks twice. Chris was also a semi finalist at Greenhill and the Glenbrooks, a finalist at Berkley, and a four year qualifier to the NSDA national tournament.
Christian has been coaching debate since 2005. His students have won Greenhill, Valley, Apple Valley, Blake, Harvard-Westlake, Stanford, and the TOC, and reached the final round at NSDA Nationals. He is currently an assistant coach for West Des Moines Valley HS in Iowa and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Maryland.
Daniel studies economics and mathematics at Harvard College. He debated at PV Peninsula High School in Los Angeles for four years, clearing three times at the TOC and reaching semifinals his senior year. He won Harvard, Greenhill, USC, and the Greenhill Round Robin and was runner-up at MBA and the Glenbrooks. As an assistant coach at the Harvard-Westlake school, Daniel has helped qualify several debaters to the TOC, including one who reached elimination rounds last year. Daniel attended VBI three times as a student and is returning in 2015 as an instructor for his third summer.
Rebecca Kuang is studying International Economics at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She won the 2013 Tournament of Champions, National Debate Coaches Tournament, Texas Forensics State Association Tournament, the Harvard University Round Robin, the New York City Invitational, the Emory University Barkley Forum for High School Students, and some other tournaments. She has taught at the UNT Mean Green Workshops and the Victory Briefs Institute and is currently an assistant coach at her alma mater, Greenhill School in Texas. Her students have reached elimination rounds at or won multiple national and regional tournaments including the Tournament of Champions, TFA State, Berkley, Emory, and the Glenbrooks but her greatest achievement has been teaching Rebecca Gelfer how to use technology.
Ben Holguin debated for four years at Edina High School, and coached for an additional four years at Palo Alto High School. As a debater, he won Valley, Blake, and the Minneapple twice. As a coach, his students won St. Mark’s, VBT, and the MBA Round Robin.
Ben graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Symbolic Systems. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Philosophy from New York University, with a focus on language and mind.
Akhil Jalan is in his fourth year of debate at PV Peninsula High School. He is co-Champion of the CPS Round Robin, Stanford, St. Marks, and other tournaments. He was top speaker at Berkeley, the CPS Round Robin, and St. Marks. He has qualified three times to the TOC, and was an outrounds participant in 2014.
Anne-Marie Hwang was LD President of her team at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, and qualified to the TOC her junior year, receiving bids at Grapevine and Colleyville and reaching out rounds at Grapevine, Greenhill, Apple Valley, Valley, Glenbrooks, Lexington, and Colleyville. She participated in numerous round robins — Valley (twice), Collegiate, Greenhill, Apple Valley, and Harvard—and debated extensively on her local circuit as well.
Dan debated for 4 years at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA and was a co-captain of the Lexington team for 2 years. His senior year, he was an octofinalist at Bronx, the Glenbrooks, and Blake, quarterfinalist at the Barkley Forum, and semifinalist at Harvard. He also finished 12th in the year-long Dukes & Bailey Cup standings his senior year and was a co-champion of the Massachusetts state tournament as a junior. Next fall, he will attend Northwestern University where he will study Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences.
Davis debated for four years at Northland Christian School in Houston, Texas. Over his career he received 9 bids to the Tournament of Champions. He reached out rounds at every tournament but one, junior and senior year including quarters at Bronx, and finals at Isidore Newman. He also won the Strake Jesuit Tournament. He received speaker awards at Strake (1st), Apple Valley (4th), and St.Marks (4th). He also got invitations and attended the Kandi King Round Robin (3 times), Greenhill Round Robin (2 times), Apple Valley, and Collegiate Round Robin. Lastly, Davis debated locally qualifying to TFA state all 4 years and NSDA nationals junior year.
Eric “Bump” Weine debated for Evanston High School (IL) for four years. He was an octafinalist at Glenbrooks, and a quarterfinalist at Blake and Valley. He also received numerous speaker awards, getting 5th speaker at Harvard, 12th speaker at Glenbrooks, 10th speaker at St. Mark’s, and 2nd speaker at Blake. He also reached late outrounds of his state tournament multiple times. Next year, he will be attending the University of Chicago.
Jacob was a 4 year Lincoln Douglas debater at Starr's Mill high school in Georgia. As a senior, he won the Georgia state tournament, cleared at NFL nationals, and qualified to the TOC. He is currently a third year policy debater at Georgia State University, where he cleared at ADA Nationals and qualified to the NDT. In his first two years coaching LD, he coached TOC quarterfinals and octofinals appearances. This year, his debaters have appeared in semifinals of Greenhill, Bronx, and Apple Valley; finals of the Valley round robin, Bronx round robin, and Apple Valley round robin; and championships at Wake Forest and the Harvard round robin, amassing 9 TOC bids.
Karlyn debated for 5 years at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, PA. She is a 2014 graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied Public Policy and International Studies. She competed at the TOC three times, and was the first student from her school to qualify. She was the NCFL National Champion in 2009 and Runner-Up in 2010. Karlyn reached semifinals of the Harvard, Blake, and Princeton tournaments and was top speaker at Princeton and NCFL Nationals. Currently, Karlyn is a math interventionist in Chicago Public Schools. This is Karlyn's fifth summer teaching at VBI.
Lawrence debated for Bartlesville HS in Oklahoma graduating in 2014. In high school, he was a three-time state finalist and two-time state champion, placed 6th at the NFL National Tournament his junior year, and was the NSDA National Champion his senior year. He also qualified to the National Tournament all four years of high school in LD, public forum, and congress. He now attends the University of Oklahoma where he is a member of the OU Ethics Bowl Team and debates on the OU policy team. This will be Lawrence's third year at VBI, his second as an instructor.
Leah has debated for seven years at Saint Louis Park High School in Minnesota, qualifying to the TOC three times. As a junior, she earned four bids, was a finalist at the Iowa Caucus Tournament, won the Hockaday Women’s Round Robin, and was the top seed (and only undefeated debater) at TOC, beating the eventual champion in prelims. So far as a senior, she has earned six bids, won the Valley and Iowa Caucus Tournaments, and was a semi-finalist at Apple Valley and Bronx.
Melanie debated for 4 years at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, NV. She qualified to the TOC her senior year, earning bids at Voices and Alta. She has been in the elimination rounds of Loyola, Voices, Alta, Blake, Harvard Westlake, Stanford, and Nevada State. She also competed in the Voices and California Round Robins.
Nick is in his fourth year of coaching at Hopkins in Minnesota where he is currently the director of debate. A number of his students have qualified to the TOC, NSDA Nationals, and Minnesota State Tournament. They have also received invitations to compete in several round robins including Harvard and Voices/Presentation. His students consistently clear at numerous bid tournaments each year including: Harvard, Harvard-Westlake, Minneapple, Valley, Blake, Stanford, Dowling, Caucus, and Westside. This will be Nick’s fourth year working at VBI and he also attended VBI twice as a student.