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Policy Lab Leader/Camp Director

Head Debate Coach - University of Georgia

Hays became the head coach at the University of Georgia in the summer of 2012. Under his leadership, UGA teams have cleared to the elimination rounds of Georgia State, Kentucky, Wake Forest, USC, Fullerton, Miami, Navy, Northwestern, Texas, ADA Nationals, and the National Debate Tournament.  As a debater at the University of Georgia, Hays was a 4-time qualifier for the NDT, a two-time octofinalist at the NDT, and a top-5 first round bid recipient to the NDT.  As an assistant coach at Pace Academy and the Westminster schools, Hays also helped coach teams to victory at numerous national high school tournaments, including multiple Tournament of Champion winners (2009 - 11) and the winner of the 2013 NDCA tournament.  Having taught at summer debate institutes since 2004, Hays has recently led labs at the Emory National Debate Institute, the Michigan Debate Institutes, the Spartan Debate Institutes, and most recently, the Georgia Debate Institute. 

Policy Lab Leader

Assistant Coach - University of Georgia

Logan is a Graduate Assistant Coach and Ph.D. Candidate in Speech Communication at UGA. Hailing originally from Covington, Georgia, he completed his bachelors in Political Science at Samford University and his M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest. He qualified to the NDT four times, reaching the octafinals as part of the first Samford team to do so in more than 25 years. 

Policy Lab Leader

Debate Coach - Ivy Bridge 

Adam Grellinger has been involved in coaching high school debate since 2003. During his tenure at Johns Creek High School, he has coached teams to late elims of several national tournaments including Michigan, Ohio Valley, UGA, and Emory. Additionally his teams have reached the elimination rounds of the TOC and his debaters have received top-20 speaker awards at many national tournaments, including the TOC. He has judged over 1000 debate rounds in high school and considered one of the best young judges in the high school community. 

Policy Lab Leader

Assistant Coach, University of Georgia 

Andrew will be a second year master’s student studying rhetoric in the Communication Studies department at the University of Georgia, and he graduated this last year with a Master’s of Art in Teaching for Science Education from UGA.   Andrew has worked as an assistant debate coach for UGA since 2009 and has previously worked with Johns Creek High School and the Westminster Schools as an assistant debate coach.    

Public Forum Lab Leader

Director of Speech & Debate - Marist School

Jeffrey Miller attended and competed for Fayette County High School (GA) from 2002-2006 and is the Director of Speech & Debate for Marist School in Atlanta, GA. He has been coaching Public Forum for the past 7 years. His teams have reached late outrounds at several of the country's top tournaments including: NDCA Nationals, Wake Forest (NC), Middleton (WI), Arizona State (AZ), Blake (MN), Yale (CT), Emory (GA), Apple Valley (MN), Myers Park (NC), and Carrollton (GA) and have been invited to compete in prestigious round robins at Blake (MN), Myers Park (NC) and Berkeley (CA).   Jeffrey has coached Public Forum State Champions in at least one division for the past four years (2012-2015).  He has qualified 89 students to the GFCA State Championship and 75 students to NCFL Nationals, NSDA Nationals, Tournament of Champions and NDCA Nationals.  

Public Forum Lab Leader

Champion Debater - Marist School

Sydney Apple will be an incoming freshman at Boston College, where she will attend on a full presidential scholarship.  Sydney debated at the Marist School where she completed a very successful high school public forum debate career.  A National Speech and Debate Association National Academic All-American, she won a State Championship in 2013 and 2014, a State Runner Up in 2015, and earned 8 bids to the Tournament of Champions, the most elite national championship. Sydney was recently named the 8th best speaker at the 2015 Tournament of Champions.  She placed 5th at the NDCA National Championship as a junior and named the 3rd Best Speaker in the nation

Residential Assistant

Junior - University of Georgia

Kristin is rising senior from Canton, Georgia. She is majoring in History and Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics and is pursuing a certificate in Native American Studies. She debated for four years at Sequoyah High School. She has participated in numerous tournaments, including making the elimination rounds of Appalachian State.

Residential Assistant

Rising Sophomore Debater - University of Georgia

Cameron is a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia where he is majoring in International Affairs and Computer Science. He debated at Houston County High School for 4 years and continues to be an assistant coach. As a freshman at UGA, he made it to the quarterfinals of Samford, the Octafinals at Indiana, and closed out the JV division at the District 6 tournament, where he was also second speaker. 

Residential Assistant

Rising Sophomore Debater - University of Georgia 

Katie is an upcoming sophomore at UGA where she is majoring in psychology & communication studies and minoring in women’s studies. She debated for four years at Calhoun High School and continues to judge at tournaments. As a freshman, she was an octafinalist at Indiana and closed out JV districts, where she was also 3rd speaker. 

Residential Assistant

Advait is an incoming freshman who attended Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland.  He reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Tournament of Champions and earned speaker awards and participated in the late elims of the Emory, MBA, Glenbrooks, NYC Invitational, Wake Forest, and Harvard tournaments.  He also finished in the top 10 of the national "coaches poll" for high school policy teams.

His academic interests include economics and international affairs and he's jazzed about the prospect of rooting for the Dawgs on Saturdays in the fall. 

Advait is an incoming freshman who attended Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland.  He reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Tournament of Champions and earned speaker awards and participated in the late elims of the Emory, MBA, Glenbrooks, NYC Invitational, Wake Forest, and Harvard tournaments.  He also finished in the top 10 of the national "coaches poll" for high school policy teams.His academic interests include economics and international affairs and he's jazzed about the prospect of rooting for the Dawgs on Saturdays in the fall. 

Executive Director

Director of Debate - University of Georgia

Edward Panetta has been the director of the Georgia Debate Union for the last twenty-two years. During that period the University of Georgia has qualified forty teams for the National Debate Tournament (NDT). In the 1996-1997 season UGA became one of five debate programs in the sixty-two year history of the NDT to place two teams into the semi-finals (finalist and semi-finalist). Our 2003 team became the seventeenth team in the history of the NDT to compile a record of 8-0 in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. Our 2007 team was the 1st seed at the NDT and the winner of the Rex Copeland award. UGA debate has also been active in international debating during Panetta's tenure as director. Members of the Georgia Debate Union have been selected to represent the United States in Japan, Great Britain and Eastern Europe. Additionally, Dr. Panetta was selected to coach the U.S. team that visited Russia in 1997. In 2007, he was named the National Debate Coach of the Year.  Dr. Panetta is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at UGA.