Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Public Forum Debate

What to Expect

Our workshop focuses on improving research and case creation skills as well as developing your crossfire and refutation abilities. Our comprehensive approach to the debate process and argument construction enables you to advance round-winning arguments to a broad spectrum of critics. You will also work on delivery exercises to improve your public speaking skills in rounds, which will enhance your overall effectiveness as a communicator. In addition, you will have the opportunity to hear lectures about topic areas that will be debated throughout the year. Most importantly, you will have multiple opportunities to practice and receive feedback from our outstanding staff.

The Mean Green Comet senior staff are lifelong high school teachers and well as coaches. They have been honored with awards for teaching excellence who know the importance of a well-designed program and of carefully-crafted lessons that stress active learning and mastery of skills and concepts. Their distinguished practice as professional educators ensures that MGC's Public Forum Workshop is powerfully effective and engaging for students.

Divisions, Date and Pricing

Session Dates Residential
(Room and Meals)
(Meals Only)
10 Day — Session 1 June 30 - July 9 $1500 $1000

Division Director

Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith

Debate Coach, Plano West Senior High School

Having majored in English with a rhetoric and composition emphasis, she approaches debate from a perspective that highlights solid argumentation and word economy along with strong evidence. She has coached nationally recognized students in Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking over the past 8 years. Rhonda serves on the Executive Council for the Texas Forensics Association as well as serving on her local NSDA committee. Rhonda believes in the power of hard work to reach goals. Her active involvement in educational organizations, specifically focused on communication, keep her busy, but when she has free time, Rhonda enjoys nature and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life as well as spending time with family and friends. She and her husband of 27 years live in Melissa, Texas.

Director's Statement

Entering its second decade, Public Forum Debate (PFD) has become the nation’s most widespread form of high school debate. Students of all ages and experiences build lifelong skills while enjoying competitive success in PFD. PFD is a two-on-two event where students debate monthly topics on the current issues of the day before a wide range of judge-critics, from experienced coaches to informed community members or "citizen judges."

The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute’s Public Forum Workshop has a unique approach to helping you become a part of this exciting debate opportunity, no matter what kind of school you attend or the size of your school's forensics program. MGCDI’s staff is especially qualified to help you master Public Forum. The staff have extensive experience spanning 25 years in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate, coaching multiple state and nationally recognized teams in Public Forum debate over the past 10 years.

Division Staff

Marilyn Myrick

Marilyn Myrick

Marilyn Myrick is returning for her third year in the Public Forum Debate Division. A University of Texas alumni and 6 year Speech and Debate Intern at the University Interscholastic League (UIL), Ms. Myrick is about to begin her fourth year as the Director of Forensics at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Ms. Myrick has had TFA semifinalists in Extemporaneous Speaking, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, and coached the 2015 TFA State Champion in Impromptu speaking. She has also coached numerous teams into elimination rounds of the UIL Debate State Tournament in both Policy and LD, coached numerous UIL Extemporaneous Speaking Finalists and qualified students to Nationals, the NIETOC, the Debate TOC and the Extemp TOC.

Chetan Reddy

Chetan Reddy

Chetan Reddy graduated from Plano West Senior High School in Plano, TX, where he captained the team during his senior year. He primarily competed in Public Forum, breaking to late outrounds at Grapevine, Hockaday, Churchill, and the University of Texas, reaching outrounds of the TFA State tournament twice, and qualifying to NSDA nationals twice, placing in the top 25 his junior year. He also qualified to the Tournament of Champions his senior year in Domestic Extemp, placing 2nd at the Winston Churchill Classic. Aside from his main events, Chetan also dabbled in Lincoln-Douglas, qualifying to UIL 6A State with an undefeated record. Chetan looks forward to working with the campers this summer!

Enroll Now

Click Here to Enroll

MGCDI enrollment is now open! Follow the link below to the Market Place and reserve your spot in our 2017 summer program. A registration fee of $250.00 is due upon application. Applications after June 1st will incur a $150 late registration fee. The final deadline for all registration is June 16, 2017.

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