About Us

Tom Evnen, Executive Director

Swarthmore College, BA

University of Chicago, MA

Tom 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.

Jayanne Forrest, content curator

Columbia University, BA ’22

Jayanne debated for Fort Lauderdale high school in Lincoln-Douglas and Policy debate during her 4-year career. She has worked at NSD, NSD Philadelphia, and Texas Debate Collective since 2018. In the past, she has coached LD for Stuyvesant high school, coached PF for the Early Scholars debate program in Queens, NY, coaches students privately. Now, Jayanne is an adjunct LD coach for Lake Highland Preparatory school. Jayanne loves intersectional feminism, good Topicality debates, and performance in debate. She currently attends Columbia as a pre-medical student majoring in African American and African Diaspora studies and minoring in Biology.