Camp Info

The AVHS debate team would like to invite you to our 2021 Summer Debate Camp!

This one week session will be in-person at Apple Valley High School. This session will take place from August 23 to August 27. Monday & Tuesday will be 10am to 4pm. Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday will be 2pm to 7pm


The week will be filled with fun activities, team building, and skill development. It is open to any current or future AVHS student, you don't need to be a member of the team to join! Lunch will be provided at no cost Monday & Tuesday. The camp cost is $70, but financial assistance is available.

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Why Debate?

More information can be found here. Highlights include:

  • Improved academic performance & outcomes (debaters earn higher grades, have higher graduation rates, have higher attendance rates, and are more likely to be college ready in a variety of subjects)

  • Preparing students for college and 21st century careers (by teaching critical thinking, problem solving, research, communication, collaboration, and creativity)

Debate is also one of the top (if not THE top) extracurriculars that colleges & universities look for in applicants. 


Nick Smith (Instructor)

This will be Nick's fifth year as Head Coach for the AVHS debate team. Before coming to Apple Valley he was the Director of Debate at Hopkins and was coached for St. Thomas Academy & The Convent of Visitation. His students have won multiple state championships in Minnesota & New York, advanced to late elimination rounds at Nationals, and have won numerous top speaker awards. He is also the Director of Curriculum & Instructional Design at the Victory Briefs Institute, one of the nation's longest running and most successful debate camps. Nick graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Political Science & Philosophy.

Cori Roberts (Instructor)

Cori Roberts is an assistant coach who works primarily with our first-year debaters. This is her third season coaching for Apple Valley, and she is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying mathematics and management information systems. She is an alumna of our team, having debated for Apple Valley for four years and graduated in 2018. Her favorite thing about coaching is helping students develop real-world communication skills and critical thinking abilities.

Lawrence Zhou (Guest Lecturer) 2014 NSDA National Champion

Chris Theis (Guest Lecturer) 2009 & 2010 Tournament of Champions winner, coach of 2020 TOC champion

Marshall Thompson (Guest Lecturer) Coached multiple TOC 2nd place finishes