Justin is a speaking and debate evangalist. During the year, he serves as the Head Coach for the Wake Forest Debate Team and Assistant Professor of the Practice teaching oral communication. He has taught oral communication for 24 years at multiple high schools, Georgetown, Kansas State, North Texas Universities before coming to Wake Forest. With two degrees in secondary education and an undying passion for teaching, you'll be hard to find anyone more equipped to empower your voice. He has coached several national champions over this span and more importantly had students go on to do great things. He has always emphasized an extremely involved and active learning environment. It is not uncommon for students to express that they felt like they have "gone through a workout" after completing one of his speaking sessions. He has won numerous awards for teaching and received extremely high evaluations at every stop along the way. He's not all work...During breaks he enjoys frisbee, soccer, basketball or playing many different instruments.

Samantha Rippettoe

Sammi will return for her second year teaching at the Wake Forest Speech and Debate Camps. Both a burgeoning scholar and a practiced speaker Sammi brings experience, accumen and a youthful energy to make learning interactive and enjoyable. Having just completed her MA in Communication Studies where her Teaching Assistant scores were incredibly high, she will start PhD school (she has several to pick from). She previously was an extremely successful Parliamentary Debate Speaker. Sammi is also trained to deal with emergency situations.

Wake Forest Debate Team

Founded in 1835, the Wake Forest Debate team has multiple national championships to its name. Currently the three-time ACC reigning champions, the debaters and graduate students are trained in the art of effective persuasion. There is no one political ideology, only a committment to prepare to make their message as most persuasive as possible. Upperclass Undergraduates will assist (while supervised) in the classroom during break-out sessions.

Featured Guests

Jarrod Atchison

Director of Debate at Wake Forest, Dr. Jarrod Atchison is well respected both for his argument acumen and his emphatic insistence on helping students become better debaters and people. After spending several years as an instructor in the top senior lab at Michigan, Jarrod is focused on building a great workshop experience at Wake Forest. He coached a Copeland Winner and NDT First Rounds for the past 8 years. Many don't know he also was an extremely successful debater: top seed at the NDT, Copeland runner-up, and third speaker at the NDT. In high school he won the Greenhill and Harvard Round Robins. Jarrod has judged the final round of the National Debate Tournament 3 times. Both at the high school and college level, regardless of argument choice, Jarrod consistently finds himself at the top of the pref sheets.

Daryl Burch

Policy debate veteran, mentor, and academic leader are just a few ways we define Daryl Burch. Daryl has taught public speaking high school in the DC and Maryland area for 20 years. He is one of the few who has coached national champions at both the high school and collegiate level. Extremely well versed in questions of social justice; he has used this knowledge to help students become more powerful in the words they speak no matter their political affiliations. While he has an expertise in a set of literature, Daryl has a passion for making all students better speakers, thinkers, and arguers. Previously he coached in college at Michigan state, Emory University, and Towson University camps leading teams to success in the final rounds of a variety of national competitions. Daryl’s impressive educational background and his passion for helping students make him the perfect instructor for speakers of all levels.

Dr. Shanara Reid-Brinley

Dr. Reid-Brinkley has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses that cover critical theories, rhetoric of public policy and advocacy, social identity theory, with a specialization in African American history, theory, and culture. She is a national award winner for her published work on critical theory, black feminist theory, gender, and hip hop culture. Her dissertation work, completed at the University of Georgia, engaged in an in-depth analysis of non-traditional debate practices. Students in high school and college have cited Dr. Reid-Brinkley’s work in debate competition and she has become a recognized scholar in this field of research. Dr. Reid-Brinkley was a nationally successful debater in the mid-1990’s from the debate powerhouse at Emory University.


Calum matheson

Currently the Director of Debate at the University of Pittshburgh, Dr. Calum Matheson, has a long history of working with and forming great speakers. He won the Acolyte Award in 2008 for excellence in working with forensic students. His classroom teaching recently covered in the Pittsburgh Gazette was regarded as Socrates on steroids. His challenging questions for his students create immense mental excercise with his students coming out the stronger for it.