Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Policy Debate

What to Expect

The Policy Debate Division at the Mean Green Comet Debate Institute is a skills and strategy intensive experience. Between practice rounds, speech redos, mini debates, and other speech activities students will be thinking about and executing debate strategy every day of the institute. Students will leave the institute with a solid understanding of debate arguments and strategy, prepared to not only execute on the topic generics produced by the camp but also to develop and write new and innovative arguments.

Students will learn to exceed in their circuits. Special time is taken to teach students to adapt their speaking style and arguments to the common set of judges they will encounter during their season. The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute has excelled in training debaters to succeed in local and regional circuits, Urban Debate Leagues, and National Circuit debate. We will create a plan to assure every student is well equipped to use the knowledge they gained at institute when they return to their circuit.

The MGC policy debate experience focuses on building effective strategy, speaking and research skills for debaters of any level. The following three components provide the foundation for the MGC experience:

  • In-depth lectures focused on building topic knowledge - the MGC staff break down the topic from every angle, covering what you need to know to have a head start for the 2018-2019 immigration topic.
  • 10:1 Student to Staff Ratios means small lab sizes for more contact with nationally recognized staff.
  • Practice debates with experienced judges - get one-on-one time with our exceptional staff in structured practice debates and rebuttal redos.


Led by Phil Samuels the Scholars lab students will receive in-depth instruction in how to write, debate, and understand all forms of arguments. This includes a thorough examination of the 2017-2018 topic, a detailed examination of policy debate, as well as a an investigation of various kritik authors. At the conclusion of the scholar's lab students will understand the mechanics of argumentation and be ready to debate any style of argument. The Scholars lab is the perfect environment for those students ready to join high school debate's elite. This is an intensive debate experience, designed specifically to hone already advanced skills, and push students to realize their debate potential.

Intermediate and Advanced Labs – 10 days

These labs will emphasize direct staff to student instruction in small learning environments. Students will engage in multiple practice debates, practice speeches, and block writing sessions. The curriculum is focused on skills development through practice and engagement with instructors rather than the lecture and research model of other institutes.

Scholars Blog

We understand that teachers and parents want to know what their students are doing during camp, which is why we'll be using a blog to post updates and schedules throughout the 20 days your students are at the MGC. We will also be previewing our core files and other updates for summer 2018.

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Director's Statement

The policy camp is designed to build the skills necessary to excel in policy debate. Where some camps prioritize evidence production the MGCDI instead focuses on building speaking and research skills while building a solid base of topic knowledge. Lectures and labs are designed to immerse students in the upcoming topic while at the same time emphasizing the importance of practice, strategy and process.

Divisions, Date and Pricing

Session Dates Residential
(Room and Meals)
(Meals Only)
10 Day June 24 – July 3 $1600 $1000
3 week Scholars June 24 – July 14 $2200 $1600

Division Director

Phil Samuels

Phil Samuels

Assistant Director of Debate, UT Dallas

Phillip has been involved in college debate for over ten years. He debated at Emporia State University where he cleared at most national tournaments, including the National Debate Tournament. As a coach, Phil did his graduate work under Scott Harris at the University of Kansas where together they coached six first rounds in six years and an NDT champion. Phil now coaches and teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has worked at numerous debate camps over the last decade including the Jayhawk Debate Institute, the Spartan Debate Institute at Michigan State, and Stanford University. Phil's lab students have gone on to receive multiple TOC bids, compete at every major national tournament, and have won the Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri State tournaments. For the last four years Phil has also been an assistant coach for the College Preparatory School (CPS), in Berkley California. As a coach at CPS, Phil has coached teams to out rounds at every major national tournament including the TOC and a finalist at the 2012 NFL National Tournament. Finally, Phil has worked with Urban Debate Leagues (UDL) all over the country, including the Minnesota UDL, the KCUDL, and the NYUDL.

Phil was also an assistant coach for the College Preparatory School (CPS), in Berkley California for four years. As a coach at CPS, Phil has coached teams to out rounds at every major national tournament including the TOC and a finalist at the 2012 NFL National Tournament. Finally, Phil has worked with Urban Debate Leagues (UDL) all over the country, including the Minnesota UDL, the KCUDL, the Dallas UDL, and the NYUDL.

Division Staff

Christopher Loghry

Christopher Loghry, M.A.

Director of Debate, Emporia State University

Chris currently serves as the Director of Debate at Emporia State University. He debated for Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming, where he won the state championship his senior year. As a debater for Emporia State University he qualified to the NDT twice, cleared to the elimination debates at many major national tournaments, and received numerous speaker awards. He was the Assistant Director of Debate at Emporia State University from 2012-2014, where we helped partnerships clear to elimination rounds at every major national tournament, receive multiple round robin invitations, and win both the NDT and CEDA national tournaments. He was named assistant coach of the year in the 2013-2014 season. From 2014-2016, he was an assistant coach at Wichita State University, where he helped field several competitive partnerships that won multiple regional tournaments and qualified to the NDT.

Courtney Schauer

Courtney Schauer

Assistant Director of Debate, Emporia State University

Courtney is currently the Assistant Director of Debate at Emporia State University and an assistant debate coach at the College Preparatory School. She debated for the University of Minnesota from 2009-2013. A two-time qualifier, she ended her college debate career in the double-octofinals of the NDT in 2013. During her time as head coach of Highland Park High School in Minnesota, she coached the 2016 TOC champions. She also had students qualify multiple times to NSDA nationals and the Tournament of Champions, as well as reach the elimination rounds of many major national tournaments, including Greenhill, Valley, Caucus, Dowling, Michigan, The Glenbrooks, Blake, The Barkley Forum, Pinecrest, and NDCA. During the 2016 high school season, she coached the runner's up of both the Pace and Pinecrest round robins, as well as the Minnesota State Debate Champions. During the 2016-2017 season, she has helped numerous teams reach the elimination rounds of national tournaments such as Grapevine, Long Beach, and Alta. Courtney also served as the head coach of the Augsburg College debate team from 2014-2016.

Matthew Munday

Matthew Munday

Debate Coach, UT Dallas

Matthew Munday is an assistant debate coach at the University of Teas at Dallas. He has previously coached at Wichita State University where he also debated as an undergraduate. As a debater, Matt experienced consistent success at the regional and national level culminating in an appearance in the quarterfinals of the 2012 National Debate Tournament. In addition to coaching college debate, Matt also coaches for Notre Dame High School. He has several years of camp experience having worked at the Jayhawk Debate Institute as well as the University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Debate Institute. Matt also publishes an annual high school debate source book.

Cecilia Cerja

Cecilia Cerja

Cecilia is a former Varsity policy debater at James Madison University. She also did four years of a public forum in high school. Her most recent success in policy was winning the JMU College Invitational and receiving Top Speaker. She has coached various high schoolers in Virginia to state championships and hopes to continue coaching policy debate while in graduate school.

PJ Martinez

PJ Martinez

Debate Coach, Coppell High School

PJ graduated from Mercedes High School in 2011, having won UIL State and reaching Quater-finals of TFA. He debated at the University of North Texas (2012-2015) winning the Kansas City Kansas Community College tournament and finished 2nd at the 2012 Johnson County Community College Junior Varsity National Championship. He has coached Coppell High School for 4 years, where his teams have reached the finals of UIL, TFA and received multiple bids to the Tournament of Champions.

Kalese Warfield

Kalese Warfield

Emporia State University, Debater

Kalese is from Topeka, Kansas where she debated for four years at Topeka High school. She recently completed her first year of college debate at Emporia State University where she qualified for the National Debate Tournament. Throughout the year she debated at many regional and national debate tournament, clearing to elimination rounds at nearly all of them. She coaches debate and forensics at Emporia High School.

Enroll Now

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MGCDI enrollment is open! Follow the link above to Market Place and reserve your spot in our 2018 summer program. The final deadline for all registration is June 18, 2018.

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