In order to be super successful on the circuit, no matter which circuit, you have to go to VBI.
— Anne-Marie Hwang (VBI Alumna, Stanford 2019)

Nearly 50 National Championships

VBI alumni have won more national championships (across all events) than any other debate camp. This data does not include APDA, NPDA, Worlds, Middle School, or other debate events before 2015.

Since the founding of VBI, our alumni have dominated every national title. Across multiple debate events, they have won

  • the Tournament of Champions (TOC) 12 times,
  • the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Nationals 16 times,
  • the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) Nationals 12 times, and
  • the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Championships 7 times.

Other camps teach how to win rounds; we teach how to win championships. 

VBI multi-summer alumni Raffi Piliero (VBI '14, '15, '16)  and Jonas Le Barillec (VBI '14, '15, '16) after finals of The Greenhill Fall Classic  

VBI multi-summer alumni Raffi Piliero (VBI '14, '15, '16)  and Jonas Le Barillec (VBI '14, '15, '16) after finals of The Greenhill Fall Classic  

VBI is the only camp in the country whose alumni have closed out the Tournament of Champions in quarterfinals (i.e., all of the top 8 finishers), won every octafinals bid tournament, earned a majority of bids to the TOC, and won all four national championships in the same season.

Our alumni have had unprecedented success on every kind of debate circuit. They have won hundreds of national invitationals, round robins, and state tournaments across the country. VBI's success in many different styles of debate is enabled by our individualized curriculum and diverse faculty. 

VBI teaches skills that foster success not only in competitive high school debate, but beyond. VBI alumni have gone on to win the American Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship, the World Universities Debating Championship, moot court competitions at top law schools, and multiple Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. They have matriculated at every Ivy League university and have been named among Forbes' "30 Under 30." We could not be more proud of our alumni. 

The thing about VBI that makes it different is the number of people who are there all the time who are willing to work with you as much as possible to get you better. I think that it is just incredible, and is better than any other working environment or debate coaching that I have seen.
— Ben Sprung-Keyser (Rhodes Scholar & NSDA, APDA, and World Champion)