Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Congressional Debate

What to Expect

Students will receive daily instruction in Congressional Debate. Students will be introduced to both simple and advanced strategies. A fully researched and briefed TFA Congressional Docket for the fall season will be produced by students and provided to each by the end of the camp. Multiple practice speeches, one on one sessions with faculty, and mock tournament sessions will be provided. In addition, students will have access to UNT and UTD’s expansive libraries to assist them in research.

Director's Statement

Congressional debate is a unique competitive forum that merges public speaking, advocacy and argumentation in a simulation of United States Congressional process. The goal of the MGCDI Congress lab is to stay at the cutting edge of the event - helping our students achieve the highest level of competitive success at every level of the activity. The Mean Green Comet congress faculty’s award winning staff have coached students of all levels and are ideally suited for, and beneficial to, novice and varsity students alike.

Divisions, Date and Pricing

Session Dates Residential
(Room and Meals)
(Meals Only)
10 Day July 1 – July 10 $1500 $900
Congress & Extemp July 1 – July 14 $2000 $1200

Division Director

Barbara Garner

Barbara retired from Duncanville High School in 2008 as a highly decorated coach who led the committee that revised the rules for TFA Congress and served as the state Congress Coordinator. She coached an NFL National Champion in Congress and led numerous other Duncanville students to state and national competitive success. Mrs. Garner is a former President of the Texas Forensic Association, and a recipient of the Texas Speech Communication Association Educator of the Year Award. Since retiring in 2008, Barbara has been presenting Congress Workshops, teaching at summer institutes, and judging frequently at qualifying tournaments, TFA State, and NFL District contests. She currently serves as the UIL State Congress Clerk. This will be her fifth year as director of the congress workshop at UNT.

Division Staff

Kevin Eaton

Kevin was the 2008 NFL National Champion, 2008 TOC Runner-Up, and 2008 TFA State Champion in Congressional Debate. He holds an M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford and degrees from SMU in Political Science, Economics, and Public Policy. Since graduating from Duncanville High School in 2008, Kevin has taught congressional debate and extemporaneous speaking at several national debate institutes including GMIF, UTNIF, and UNT. He has coached two TFA State Congress Champions, a 5th place NFL finalist, three UIL State Congress Champions, and numerous other students who have won, placed, or been finalists at major national tournaments like Harvard, Glenbrooks, Blue Key, Berkeley, and the TOC. Kevin will be joining us for his fourth MGW after completing his third year at Stanford Law School.

Enroll Now

MGCDI enrollment will open January 1st 2018! Starting then you can follow the link below to Market Place and reserve your spot in our 2018 summer program. A registration fee of $300.00 is due upon application. Applications after June 1st will incur a $150 late registration fee. The final deadline for all registration is June 18, 2018.

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