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A record of Excellence


Since 2001, thousands of students have attended VBI, and collectively our students have gone on to reach levels of success that no other summer institute can match. That's why VBI is trusted by coaches, parents, and debaters across the country to provide the very best in debate education. 

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A record of Excellence


Since 2001, thousands of students have attended VBI, and collectively our students have gone on to reach levels of success that no other summer institute can match. That's why VBI is trusted by coaches, parents, and debaters across the country to provide the very best in debate education. 

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)

More than 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) 14 times,
  • The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Nationals 18 times,
  • The National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) Nationals 14 times, and
  • The National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Championships 11 times.

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

  VBI multi-summer alumni Shruthi Krishnan (Greenhill, VBI '15, '16, '17)    and Brianna Aaron (Newark Science, VBI '17) after finals of Emory's Barkley Forum for High Schools

VBI multi-summer alumni Shruthi Krishnan (Greenhill, VBI '15, '16, '17)  and Brianna Aaron (Newark Science, VBI '17) after finals of Emory's Barkley Forum for High Schools

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)
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2017-2018 Success


VBI alumni have continued our legacy of success into the present season, winning the most competitive and prestigious tournaments in the country. 

2017-2018 Success


VBI alumni have continued our legacy of success into the present season, winning the most competitive and prestigious tournaments in the country. 

As successful as our students have been over the past 17 years, things are only getting better as we continue to find new ways to push our curriculum and our students forward. 

This has been a stellar year for VBI alumni. So far, they have won: 

 
 VBI multi-summer alumni Maya Arora (Cape Fear, VBI '16, '17) and Sebastian Williams (Gilmour, VBI '15, '16, '17) after finals of UK's National Speech and Debate Season Opener.

VBI multi-summer alumni Maya Arora (Cape Fear, VBI '16, '17) and Sebastian Williams (Gilmour, VBI '15, '16, '17) after finals of UK's National Speech and Debate Season Opener.

 
 VBI multi-summer alumni Nina Potischman (Hunter College, NY; VBI '15, '16) and Jack Wareham (Oakwood Secondary School, CA; VBI '13, '15, '16) after finals of The Valley Mid-America Cup.

VBI multi-summer alumni Nina Potischman (Hunter College, NY; VBI '15, '16) and Jack Wareham (Oakwood Secondary School, CA; VBI '13, '15, '16) after finals of The Valley Mid-America Cup.

 

 

 

More than half of debaters currently qualified to the 2018 TOC are VBI alumni. And one-third of all debaters currently qualified to the TOC have attended VBI multiple times.

Debaters from 34 states attended VBI in 2017 and returned to their home circuits with not only new skills, but also new friends from all over the country. They have experienced considerable success on their local, state, and regional circuits. We love to hear how our alumni are doing, so please email us anytime. 

 

  • Greenhill Fall Classic (and Round Robin*)
  • New York City Invitational
  • St. Mark's Heart of Texas Invitational
  • The Minneapple* (and Round Robin)
  • Glenbrooks* (and Round Robin*)
  • Emory's Barkley Forum for High Schools*
  • 44th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament
  • Loyola Invitational
  • Grapevine Classic*
  • Presentation Invitational* (and Round Robin*)
  • Meadows School Invitational*
  • Alta Silver & Black Invitational*
  • John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School*
  • College Prep LD Invitational*
  • Lexington Winter Invitational* (and Round Robin)*
  • 32nd Annual Stanford Invitational*
  • Capitol Beltway Fall Classic*
  • Damus Hollywood Invitational*
  • Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin
  • Strake Jesuit Tournament (and Round Robin)
  • Newark Invitational*
  • Puget Sound 84th High School Invitational
  • University of Houston Cougar Classic
  • USC Damus Spring Trojan Championships
  • National Speech and Debate Opener Hosted by the University of Kentucky*
  • CSU Long Beach*
  • St. James Raymond B Furlong*
  • Central Valley Bear Brawl
  • Ridge Invitational
  • Arizona State HDSHC Invitational
  • Winston Churchill Classic
  • Columbia University Invitational*
  • Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational*
  • University of Pennsylvania Tournament* (and Round Robin)
  • Kandi King Round Robin
  • Byram Hills Round Robin
  • Lake Highland Prep School Round Robin
  • Harrison Round Robin

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Nearly 190 Bids to the TOC

VBI alumni have earned 188 of the 362 bids to this season's Tournament of Champions—many more than any other camp.

VBI alumni have not just been winning the most important invitationals this season, they have been filling up elimination brackets at every tournament. Even with students across the country attending dozens of different debate institutes each summer, VBI alumni have earned a solid majority of bids awarded to the Tournament of Champions—more than any other camp in the country. They are consistently on top of the head-to-head debate rankings and the TOC bid list.