Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Congressional Debate

What to Expect

Students will be immersed in a collaborative environment that explores both the competitive and real-world values of Congressional Debate. In addition to learning to evaluate and write their own legislation, students will leave camp with the requisite resources to debate the TFA Fall Docket. Students will be challenged to speak and debate daily with one-on-one sessions with faculty, mock sessions, research pods, and peer-to-peer work. Students will learn how to access their own school’s resources and research effectively while having access to UNT and UTD’s expansive libraries to assist them.

Lectures – Expect up to two lectures a day with the first focusing on mechanics and skills with the second focusing on targeted topics. This structure will allow students to build on skills while gaining knowledge on both the fall docket and the broader world of potential topics (designed to equip students for “circuit” dockets).

Research Pods – Students will be on a rotating research schedule designed to equip them with a foundational/operational knowledge of each piece of legislation on the fall docket. This evening session will be designated for research and case construction.

Daily Debates – Students should expect a daily exposure to debate. Rounds will be divided between general sessions and practicum-oriented sessions. This will be an opportunity to hone argumentation and practice skills.

Office Hours – These will be offered every evening alongside Research Pods and will allow students who need more guidance to obtain it from all of the lab leaders.

Critical Takeaways:

  1. Argument Construction & Deconstruction
  2. Research Skills & Packet for the Fall TFA Docket
  3. Dynamic Public Speaking Skills & Drills
  4. Parliamentary Procedure – Leave a Presiding Officer
  5. Unique Legislation (for submission at “circuit” tournaments)

Sample Schedule

Morning Session 1: Theory Lecture, “Congressional Calculus: Understanding In-round Mechanics”

Morning Session 2: Workshop, “Parli Pro: Pushing Limits and Sustaining Debate”

Afternoon Session 1: Topic Lecture, “The United States Constitution in action”

Afternoon Session 2: Daily Debate, “Practicum – Direct Questioning”

Evening Session: Research Pods & Office Hours

Director's Statement

Congressional debate mimics real life and equips students to think critically, research thoroughly, and work collaboratively. I truly believe congress bridges the competitive genres of interpretation, limited preparation, oration, and debate. Students are challenged to role play, think on their feet, speak clearly and concisely, and engage in substantive debate. The goal of the MGCDI Congress lab is to develop students, at any level, to be stronger thinkers, researchers, debaters, and speakers. By focusing on foundational skills and advanced strategies, this program is equipped to benefit any student looking to reach the next level.

I invite you to join us this summer and rethink the way you debate.

Divisions, Date and Pricing

Session Dates Residential
(Room and Meals)
(Meals Only)
Congressional Debate June 30 - July 10 $1650 $1100
Congress & Extemp June 30 - July 17 $2150 $1500

Division Director

Colin Malinak

Colin Malinak

Colin has been the Upper School Debate Teacher at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas for the past four years. He is excited to join the Mean Green Comet Debate Institute as the Congressional Debate Director. Colin has coached in camps for nearly a decade, having worked in both the interpretation and extemporaneous speaking divisions of the University of Texas National Institute in Forensics as well as being the Assistant Curriculum Director of the interpretation camp at the George Mason Institute in Forensics.

Colin has had the privilege of having students invited to the Billy Tate Memorial Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robin all four years he has been a debate coach and has had students receive 8 invitations to compete at the Capitol City Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin in that same time span. He has had the honor of coaching students to final rounds and championships at the Yale Invitational, the Glenbrooks, the Barkley Forum, Harvard National Forensics Tournament, the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament, National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament and Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern across multiple debate and public speaking events. In Congressional Debate, he has had students advance to the Top 8 of both the House and Senate at the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament and bid to the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions.

As a high school coach, he is honored to have had his team win the TFA Championship two out of the last three years, earn status as a Speech School of Excellence at NSDA Nationals for the past three years, as well as the 2016 William Woods Tate, Jr. National Student of the Year. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Texas Speech and Communication Association and is a Co-Founder of the Texas Junior Speech & Debate Association.

As a former middle school coach, he is honored to have coached back-to-back teams to Schools of Excellence in Speech at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament (2014, 2015), including national champions in Humorous, Dramatic, and Poetry Interpretation, with multiple finals in virtually every competitive individual event.

Division Staff

Terrick Brown

Terrick Brown

Director of Forensics, Seven Lakes High School

A two-diamond coach with 14 years of coaching experience. Competitively, he has coached students at every level: elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. Currently, Terrick serves as the Director of Forensics at Seven Lakes High School, where his team consistently ranks among the top 10 schools at the TFA state tournament. In the last three years, the Congress team has earned a total of 30 state qualifications to the TFA state tournament, with several students reaching the final round. Moreover, he has coached Congress and Speech finalists at Harvard, Emory, The Sunvitational, University of Texas, George Mason, Montgomery Bell Academy, and NSDA Nationals.

Terrick was also involved in the production of the film, The Great Debaters (2007), serving on the team of coaches that prepared Denzel Washington and the cast for their roles. He is a firm believer that all students have great potential, and they require encouragement and nourishment for their potential to materialize. He has experienced the transformative impact speech and debate has had on his life, and it is his desire to use this activity as a tool to equip young people with the skills to be productive citizens.

Mishan Kara

Mishan Kara

Congressional Debate Captain, Plano West High School

Mishan recently graduated from Plano West Senior High School where she was the Congress Captain both years. She has been competing in Speech and Debate for the past seven years and in Congressional Debate since her freshman year. Throughout her four years in high school, Mishan has competed at the local, state, and national level. She has won numerous local tournaments in Congress, qualified for the Tournament of Champions and Nationals in Congress, semifinaled twice at the Harvard Tournament, placed 8th at the Glenbrooks National Tournament, 4th at the TFA State Tournament, and championed the UIL State Tournament. In her free time for her Debate team, she has coached at the local middle and junior high schools. She is excited to teach skills, such as research, refutation, and speaking at Mean Green!

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MGCDI enrollment is open! Follow the link above to Market Place and reserve your spot in our 2019 summer program. The final deadline for all registration is June 1, 2019.

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