Schedule Change:
We will NOT be attending the Mile High Invitational at the University of Denver on Dec. 1st-2nd.

Tournament results – Bruin Novice Tournament
Hats off to the novice competitors for completing their first tournament. Novice tournaments allow new competitors to gain experience in their events in a more relaxed tournament settings as well as exposure to the judging system.

The following Kent students earned recognitions at the Bruin Novice Tournament:

  • Vivek Shah – 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Emily Amspoker – 1st in Oratory
  • Natalie Huttner – 1st in POI
  • Morgan Myhill – Superior in Lincoln Douglas
  • Jack Gowan – Excellent in Lincoln Douglas

Tournament results – Heart of Texas Invitational @ St. Mark’s School, Dallas
Over 600 debaters from over 30 states converged at St. Mark’s school last weekend to compete. The KDS debate team had an excellent tournament. We had 3three competitors in the LD open division, a team in the Sophomore Hoe Down, and a team on the Policy open division. The team collectively defeated schools from Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and California.

A special shout to Dan Taro (LD), who narrowly missed clearing by 1 ballot.
Nick Krauss and Jakob Kim (CX) finished preliminary debates as the 8th overall seed in the tournament. They also earned their first bid to the Tournament of Champions that takes place at the end of the academic year. Nick Krauss was also ranked the 20th overall speaker.

Up next for the debate team is Fall Break and then a trip to the USC Round Robin and then the Notre Dame debate tournament. We are taking a many of student competitors. Please wish us luck in Los Angeles!

Training Sessions for Judging
Parents are required to judge at three tournaments. If you have never judged, you must attend a training session. The last training training sessions is:

  • Monday, Oct. 30th, 6-8pm @ George Washington HS, Rm 22
    Taught by the legendary GW Speech & Debate coach, Maryrose Kohan

$60 per Student Snack Fee is Due
If you have not yet paid, please leave check with staff at Enterprise (Upper School Front Desk). Check should be made out to “KDS Speech and Debate” with “snacks” in memo line.
This money is used to provide food for the Kent team at tournaments all season long. The tournaments can last 12 hours so we like to provide decently healthy food options for the team members. If you have trouble paying this fee, please contact Mike Bausch or Ian Hopkins.

Coaching Staff 
We welcome several new people to this year’s Coaching Staff Ian and Abby, we are honored to have you join the KDS Speech & Debate family. And warm hugs to our returning coaches, you know how much we appreciate you!

  • Mike Bausch – Debate Director
  • Ian Hopkins – Speech Director
  • Abby Deely – Speech and Debate Fellow
  • Eddie Young – Speech Coach
  • Jen Woodley – Speech Coach
  • Jeff Joseph – Lincoln Douglas Debate Coach
  • Nate Graziano – Debate Coach

Parent Committee Chairs
Our Parent Committee chairs are Lee-Ann Krauss and Colleen Attoma-Mathews. They can be reached at