Meet Our Team
At Champion Press, our team of writers have over 100 years of combined experience in teaching speech and debate in the classroom.
This wealth of knowledge and expertise has been instrumental in crafting the exceptional resources we offer. Each writer on our team has a deep understanding of the intricacies and nuances of debate, which they’ve drawn upon to create materials that are not only comprehensive but also highly effective in helping students succeed.
Bilal Butt is the Director of Speech and Debate at Charlotte Latin School. Bilal is a one-diamond NSDA coach who was the North Carolina coach of the year in 2019. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. He has served on the Tarheel Forensic League State Committee and the National Speech and Debate Association’s Public Forum Topic Wording Committee. Bilal spends his summers teaching Public Forum at the Institute for Speech and Debate. Over his time in the activity, his students have earned a long list of impressive results, winning or placing at countless national, regional, and local tournaments.
Andrew Dolberg is the founder and CEO of Champion Briefs, one of the most trusted debate education resource companies in the country. For more than a decade, Champion Briefs’ resources have transformed the accessibility and quality of debate education. Andrew also has extensive experience advising elected officials and candidates at all levels of government and is the author of The Great Weather Diviner, a children’s novel about the importance of environmentalism. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University.
David Huston is a Board Member of the National Speech and Debate Association, a five-diamond NSDA coach, an Emory University/Barkley Forum Key Coach, and a member of the Texas Forensic Association Hall of Fame. A four-time recipient of the National Speech & Debate Association’s Distinguished Service Award, he has served as a district chair in three different districts (West Iowa, Lone Star, and North Texas Longhorn Districts), the Policy Debate Tab Chair and the Director of Logistics at the National Tournament. Additionally, Dave has served as tabulation staff/director for several local, regional, and national tournaments including the Glenbrooks, University of Texas Austin, University of California Berkeley, Texas Forensic Association State Tournament, and the Tournament of Champions. Dave has coached more than 40 qualifiers for the National Tournament, including the 1999 Lincoln-Douglas Debate National Champion and the 2008 Policy Debate National Champion. He received the inaugural Ted Belch Coach Award in 2008.
Nathan Johnston is the Co-Director of Speech and Debate at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he also teaches AP Human Geography. He is the Chair of the National Speech and Debate Association’s Public Forum Debate Topic Wording Committee, Region 2 Coordinator for the Florida Forensics League, and the former chair of the Florida Panther NSDA district. He holds Master’s Degrees in both history (from the University of Texas at Arlington) and educational leadership (from the University of Central Florida) and is currently working on his Doctorate in education at the University of South Carolina. Nathan is a one-diamond NSDA coach who has earned two distinguished service plaques through the NSDA. Nathan has coached students to late elimination rounds in Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Congressional Debate, and all speech events at many national, regional, and local tournaments.
Sheryl Kaczmarek is a member of the National Speech and Debate Association’s Hall of Fame and has been coaching speech and debate for more than 35 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Speech Communications from Carroll University and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois. Her career began at Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin in the 1982-83 school year, coaching exclusively policy debate (and speech) since Lincoln-Douglas had not yet spread across the country, and no one had even dreamed of Public Forum. She spent 10 years at Brookfield Central, before spending one year at Glenbrook North, then moved east to Newburgh Free Academy in New York, where she coached Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum for 21 years. She now teaches at Lexington High School in MA, teaching advanced classes in debate in addition to novice classes and managing a team of 130 students.
Benjamin Miller is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, and has been a member of the speech and debate community as both a competitor and coach. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from West Texas A&M University. Benjamin first started competing in 4th grade, and continued as a competitor through high school and college. He started coaching at the collegiate level at California State University, Long Beach, and continued down this trajectory by joining the team at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL as the Assistant Director of Forensics. During his time at Cypress Bay High School, he coached multiple students to national final rounds. Beyond forensics, Benjamin Miller also owns a bed and breakfast on the island of Jamaica, leads international teen tours during the summer, and now teaches Communication students about social media and digital strategy. He has a love for travel, listening to people’s stories, and is a life-long learner.
Martin Page is an award-winning communications strategist based in Miami. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History. Prior to his current career, Martin was a history teacher who coached debate for nearly a decade, serving as Assistant Director of Debate at Ridge High School, Director of Speech and Debate at Delbarton School, and Co-Director of the Champion Briefs Institute. During his time as a coach, Martin’s students won numerous national tournaments, including the NCFL National Tournament and Tournament of Champions, and placed at dozens of tournaments across the country.
Paul Paradis is a middle school teacher mentor for Broward County Schools. He is also the Speech & Debate coach at Ramblewood Middle School where he teaches English Language Arts, Broadcasting, and Journalism. He holds a Bachelor’s Degrees in Language Arts Education from Florida Southwestern State College. Paul enters his 10th year teaching and was awarded Broward County’s Cleveland Clinic Debate Coach of the Year in 2020.
Gabe Rusk is currently the Director of Debate at the Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California and is a member of the National Speech and Debate Association’s Public Forum Topic Selection Committee. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Denver and a Master’s Degree from Oxford University in Religious Studies. His dissertation focused on the history of the First Amendment. During high school, Gabe was a Public Forum competitor himself winning the prestigious Tournament of Champions in 2010. Gabe has been a coach in Public Forum Debate for twelve years Gabe has also been the director, or senior instructor at over a dozen summer institutes over the last twelve years including Curriculum Director at the Institute for Speech and Debate. Gabe believes debate and public speaking teach critical thinking and news literacy that are indispensable in the 21st Century and has made it his life mission to spread such skills.
Jakob Urda is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Public Forum Resources for Champion Briefs, a partner of Champion Press. He was the President of the Stuyvesant High School Speech and Debate team, where he won the NCFL national championship and was ranked as highly as first in the nation in Public Forum. Jakob won a number of national-circuit tournaments including the Blake, Columbia, and George Mason University Invitationals. Jakob has taught at debate camps such as NDF, VBI, and CBI, and coached multiple national champions at the high school level. He studied Political Science at the University of Chicago and is currently enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center.
Megan West spends her days as an Educational Partnership Manager for Florida at the literacy non-profit, Center for Collaborative Classroom. Before joining Collaborative Classroom, Megan served as the Curriculum Supervisor for Civic Engagement at Broward County Schools, overseeing curriculum development and day-to-day operations of the largest district-wide speech and debate initiative in the country. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from West Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Communication from California State University, Long Beach. Megan is also an adjunct Public Speaking instructor at Broward College, and most recently, a debate parent. She has amassed nearly twenty years of experience in both the education and non-profit sectors, and has been a part of the forensics community since she was a freshman in high school. As a published author, accomplished speaker, and life-long learner, Megan continuously seeks ways to improve the systems in which she is fortunate enough to participate.