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Brian L. Shah-DeLong Bio:

Brian is an instructor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He received his MA in communication from Wake Forest University. He has thirteen years of policy debate experience. In his high school debate career in Wyoming he was crowned state champion and top speaker and achieved a tenth place ranking at the NFL national tournament. As a college debater he qualified for outrounds at most regular season major national tournaments. He has now coached for high school and college debaters for over seven years. As a graduate student Brian assisted Wake (2008) and Kansas (2009) on their journeys towards winning National Debate Championships. Brian has also worked at summer institutes at Wyoming, Kansas, Wake Forest, and the Arizona Debate Institute. Chris Vincent



Christopher J. Vincent Bio:

Chris is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Sociology at the University of Louisville. He is a full time debater for the University of Louisville and has been the Director of Debate at Fern Creek Traditional High School for two years.  Chris was also a former high school debater where he saw a tremendous amount of success, and has gone on to continue that success as a collegiate debater for the University of Louisville, making it to early elimination rounds at the Cross-Examination Debate Association, and American Debate Association, and was the District 6 Alternate for the National Debate Tournament.  As a high school coach, he has consistently qualified students to both CFL and NFL Nationals in Lincoln Douglas and eliminations rounds at several national high school tournaments, including the University of Kentucky’s Ohio Valley Invitational and the Harvard University Tournament. 




Luke Morgan Bio:

Luke was a highly successful Indiana high school public forum debater for Chesterton High school. Luke has since been the director and owner of the nationally purchased public forum brief service, Syke Files. Luke has since debated for Indiana University for two years and is a rising journalism star for the Indiana Daily Student.



John Patten








John Patten Bio:

John is a second year MA student in Communication at Missouri State University. John won numerous awards during high school and college debate. In college John debated for Wake Forest University as one of their top teams. He cleared at major national debate tournaments every year he competed, including the quarterfinals of Georgia State University, and finished his last year with he and his partner ranked 19th in the country.


Blake Hallinan



Blake Hallinan Bio:

Blake hails from Kansas State University, where she debated for 3.5 years. Starting with little high school experience, she worked up to competing at major national tournaments and was a two-­-time CEDA nationals double octofinalist. Blake is now pursuing an MA in the department of Communication and Culture, focusing on the intersection of new media technologies and communities.



Adam Abelkop

Adam brings thirteen years of policy debate experience to IU with expertise in the area of research. He debated for four years each at Chattahoochee High School from 1999-2003 and then at Wake Forest University from 2003-2007. Adam earned his law degree in 2010 from the University of Iowa, where he coached policy debate for three years. Adam is currently a PhD student in Public Policy at IU-SPEA. His studies focus on domestic and international energy policy, particularly related to fossil fuel consumption and the climate crisis. Adam has also worked for Al Gore as a research assistant for his new book.



Indiana debate team members
Several experienced Indiana debate team members will assist with daily activities of the camp.

Gabrielle Cherney, Bobby Ingram, Warren Fasone, Kira Geairn, Joey Peculis and more...

Gabrielle Bobby INgram Warren Fasone

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Phone: (812) 856-7585

Last updated: 01 September 2015
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