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Tom Evnen, Executive Director

Swarthmore College, BA
University of Chicago, PhD

tom-evnenTom debated for four years for Lincoln Southeast High School in Nebraska. Tom twice cleared to elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions. His senior year, he was a state champion and finalist at the TOC.

Tom has coached debate at the Hockaday School (TX), University School (FL), Oxbridge Academy (FL), and La Jolla (CA). Tom’s students have cleared to elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions thirteen times, including four quarterfinalists and two semifinalists. Tom has also coached two students to championships and one to finals at NFL/NSDA Nationals. In addition, Tom’s students have reached finals or won championships at Apple Valley, Blake, Bronx, the Bronx round robin, Emory, Greenhill, the Greenhill round robin, Harvard, Stanford, Valley, and Yale.

Terrence Lonam, Associate Director

University of Alabama, BA

terrence-lonam2Terrence is a coach for his alma mater, Lake Highland Prep, where he debated for four years. Over the course of his career he earned nine bids, won Lexington and the Crestian Round Robin, was Top Speaker of the Sunvitational, twice finished with winning records at the TOC and was a team captain his senior year. In two years as a coach, he has coached five students to the TOCs and to numerous finals and outrounds appearances, including a finals close out of the Collegiate Round Robin. Terrence is pursuing a degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies as a University Fellow at the University of Alabama, and is the current president of The Mallet Assembly, the University’s oldest continuously running honors organization. This is his third summer with NSD, and he has previously worked at TDC and SNFI.

Dave McGinnis

LD Editor / Macalester College BA, St. Cloud State University MS

David McGinnis
Dave graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1993, where he was a state champion in speech and a national qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas debate. He co-founded the Macalester College Mock Trial team, winning JV Nationals and placing third at the American Mock Trial Association Grand Nationals in 1996. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English literature, and holds a Master’s Degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction.

Also in 1996, Dave founded the Highland Park (MN) speech and debate team, which he coached for nine years. In 2005, Dave moved to California and coached the Lynbrook High School debate team. Currently, Dave is the head debate coach at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Dave’s students have reached the highest levels of debate success. Dave has qualified students to the TOC every year since 2000. He has coached students to the Top 10 at NFL nationals three times in eight years. His students have reached late elimination rounds at every major national tournament, including final round appearances at: Berkeley, Yale, Valley, Emory, and the Minnesota and California state debate tournaments, and tournament championships at: Apple Valley, Stanford, Cedar Rapids Washington, Omaha Westside, the Iowa state debate tournament, St. Mark’s, and the 2007 TOC. Dave also coached a finalist at the 2010 TOC.

Paul Erlanger, LD Editor

Senior at Byram Hills High School

Paul is currently a senior at Byram Hills High School where he is the Varsity Lincoln Douglas Captain. So far over the course of his career Paul has earned three bids and has attended the National Symposium for Debate three times.

JP Stuckert, LD Editor

Sophomore at the University of Notre Dame

JP Stuckert debated Lincoln-Douglas for Strake Jesuit and graduated in 2014. He has been a staff member at NSD for the past two summers. He now attends the University of Notre Dame where he is double-majoring in Economics and Liberal Studies and is Vice-President of the Philosophy Club.