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Episode 24: Ins and Outs of World Schools Debate w/ Coach Cozzens, D. Mueller, and JL. Willson

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Episode 24 of the One Clap Podcast features a fabulous trio of guests chatting about their experiences coaching and competing in World Schools Debate at the National Speech and Debate Online Tournament this summer. Rock Springs Head Speech and Debate Coach Stephanie Cozzens, Jackson Hole High School recent graduate Darcy Mueller, and Hot Springs County High School Junior Jean-Luc Willson graciously gave their time to chat about all things World Schools Debate.


Rock Springs Head Coach Stephanie Cozzens recently took the reins of the Wyoming Wind River District World Schools Debate Teams - preparing students from around the rather spread out district to compete at that National Tournament. Stephanie competed for Rock Springs as a student and then went on to compete at Northwest before her entry into the Coaching world. She just finished her fifth year coaching high school Speech and Debate and her fourth year as a head coach. Stephanie provided an excellent reflective coaching perspective of World Schools Debate.

Providing a measured student perspective of World Schools Debate is Darcy Mueller and Jean-Luc Willson. Darcy is a recent Jackson Hole High School graduate who competed all four years for the Jackson Speech and Debate Team coached by Londe Gagnon. She is an Academic All-American, whose competitive focus was primarily on Public Forum Debate, Congress, and Extemporaneous Speaking.

Jean-Luc Willson is now a junior on the Hot Springs County High School Speech and Debate Team coached by Cindy Glasson and myself. Jean-Luc has made his competition focus Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking, but he really loved competing in World Schools Debate this summer. He also really loves khaki pants and does some pretty fire reviews of spoons on YouTube.

In a lengthy but information-packed interview, Stephanie, Darcy, and Jean-Luc examined the different characteristics of World Schools Debate. They talked about coaching and competitive challenges, what they enjoyed about the debate, and what they learned from competing in World Schools this summer. Special thanks to these three, who were extremely generous with their time and provided a whole lot of thoughtful reflection about World Schools Debate on One Clap.


Want to explore World Schools more? Here are a few NSDA Free World Schools Debate Resources:

Judging Guide

2020 Nationals Norms

Online Demo Round

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