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Zachary has competed in NCFCA Lincoln Douglas debate for three years, including making it to finals at a national-level tournament and competing at Nationals. He is also qualified to Extemporaneous finals at his regional tournament. In his spare time, he's a runner and a golf player who does some science activities on the side. This year, Zachary is competing in his fourth season of NCFCA Lincoln Douglas debate as a high-school sophomore.
Aaron Clendenen is a NCFCA LD student with two years of experience. He has accomplished much in his short time in NCFCA, including (but not limited to), placing 7th at regionals (Region II) and receiving third place LD speaker at the Medford tournament.
Mark's competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently a rising Junior at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas' civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team and serves as the Domestic Affairs Editor for the Texas Orator, UT's student-led political review.
Justin has competed in several speech events, but his primary focus has always been on Lincoln Douglas and Parliamentary Debate. He has consistently been top five in Colorado for both events over the past two years. Beyond competition Justin hopes to pursue a degree in philosophy with an emphasis on ethics and epistemology, but he is also passionate about history, sociology, linguistics, and literature.
Kirstin competed in NCFCA in eight speech categories, as well as both Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate. She ranked in the top 4 at Nationals in three speech events and advanced to debate finals at five tournaments, three of which she won. Her favorite accomplishment was receiving first place at Nationals her senior year in Impromptu. Kirstin is currently a student at Wheaton College majoring in music and enjoys running her own calligraphy business on the side.
After having a lukewarm novice year as a sophomore, Jonathan gained an affinity for debate and research. He qualified to NITOC in both his junior and senior years in TP and Parli and won several tournaments in TP. Currently, he is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University studying study Law and Politics. He works as a researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and also with the John E. Talbott & Associates law firm in Henderson, TN. Jonathan believes that there is no sufficient substitute for well-researched knowledge.
Emmanuel Huang competed in NCFCA for three years from 2016-2019. He qualified for Regional 2 Championship in Team Policy Debate and several speeches each year and qualified for the National Competition in speeches all three years. In his third year, he competed in Impromptu, Biblical Thematic, Open Interpretation, and TP in the National Competition. He and his partner came in eighth place. In the coming fall of 2020, Emmanuel would be attending New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID, to receive a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts Education.
Chris Jeub -11 posts
Coach Jeub is owner and lead publisher of Monument Publishing. He has been coaching since the mid-90s as well as providing the leading source material for speakers and debaters in multiple leagues. Mr. Jeub currently coaches speech and debate at Monument Academy where he also teaches 7th grade English, and he runs a personal website for his most recent writing projects.
Zeke Johnson is entering his third year of competition in NCFCA and his sophomore year of high school. He consistently advances to out-rounds in team policy. He loves to research anything that deals with debate.
Rebecca Sumner has been debating for four years. She has qualified for team policy debate at NITOC for three years in a row. All three times, the qualification came within the first three tournaments.
Vance Trefethen -15 posts
Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.
Luke has competed in speech and debate for four years. He has consistently advanced to outrounds in both speech and debate the last two years. Researching and writing cases are some of his favorite parts of debate.
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