Loren competed in the NCFCA for the past five years. While she has done a little bit of everything, her favorite categories were Extemporaneous and Team Policy Debate. She won first place in extemp and impromptu at qualifying tournaments, won TP regional champion in 2019, and has qualified twice for Nationals in speech and debate. For the past two years she has been a student leader at her speech club and the Team Policy coach for debate.
Alyssa has competed in the NCFCA for the past five years. Her specialty is platform speaking and Lincoln Douglas Debate. She's won first place at many tournaments, qualified for Nationals four times, and advanced in platform at three. She has been a student leader for speech and debate for the past four years and an Apologetics coach for two.
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
Crystal brings real-world knowledge and experience in public speaking and debate settings. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, as well as Regent University’s School of Education, and Regent University School of Law. While in law school, Crystal competed in both Moot Court and as a member of the Trial Advocacy team. She currently works as an attorney for a local law firm and serves as Adjunct Faculty for Regent University School of Law, teaching Legal Research and Writing, Constitutional Law, and Business Entities. Additionally, as a homeschooling parent herself, Crystal has taught speech, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and mock trial in various environments for the last 4 years.
Crystal Barnett. See above for bio.
Dylan is a homeschooling father, novel writer, powerlifter, web developer, video game developer, Navy vet, foreign language nut, and a nut in general. While other people are busy thinking normal thoughts, he's crafting corny jokes. At ASD, he teaches students how to polish their scripts and gives detailed feedback for each one. He's also married to the Club President and types up everything you read on this website--except for any typos. Somebody else must've typed those :) You can read a sample of the first book in his Sci-fi novel series here: http://scribesdescent.com
Rikki and her brother Seth were the 2014 NCFCA Duo Interpretation National Champions. Rikki has competed in Speech and Debate for 6 years, spending her early days in platform and interp speeches before moving into the world of debate. She is passionate about investing in younger students and seeing them learn and grow. Rikki holds bachelor’s degree in communication and her speech and debate skills helped promote her at her work!
Michael is a Stoa alum from Charles Town, West Virginia. Throughout high school, he competed only in speech under Debbie Snyder's SUIT club from West Virginia before joining Vector in Purcellville, Virginia in fall 2019. In spring 2020, he competed in all eleven Stoa speech events, winning first place in three of them and second or third place in several others, qualifying in all eleven for NITOC 2020. Michael studies Engineering at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He enjoys reading, podcasting, and music composition and performance.
Heather was a Toastmasters member in her youth, the Chaplain for AlliedSignal Automotive, providing inspirational stories and prayer. She has also been an engineer in the automotive, naval nuclear, and power industries, a culinary student, the coordinator and emcee for MOPS (mothers of preschoolers), a YMCA fitness instructor, and a Couch-5K coach. Heather is a homeschooling mother, a high-school science instructor, and teaches speech at Atlantic Speech & Debate.
Emma competed in Stoa and NCFCA for four years in various events: team policy, Lincoln Douglas and Parliamentary Debate, persuasive, illustrated oratory, apologetics, and extemporaneous. She also delivered one very memorable monologue, and qualified and went to nationals three times. Emma is now a full time Architecture student at Virginia Tech, and looks forward to helping the next generation of speakers and debaters succeed!