The 2012 Golden Gavel Award

The Chicago Debate League will be awarding the 12th Annual Golden Gavel Award at the 2012 Allstate CPS Chicago Debate Championship on March 24th. The Golden Gavel Award is the Chicago Debate League’s highest honor given to a coach. It’s equivalent to a Coach of the Year award.

For a list of past winners, take a look at this Page of Fame.

Here’s how the selection process works. We ask that each CDL coach (regular and external) vote for up to two coaches from your conference, from the list of official coaches in each conference below. Vote by sending CDC accounts and information manager Donna Montgomery an email no later than Thursday, March 15th — — with two names. You may vote for yourself and/or your co-coach.

We will announce prior to the Chicago Debate Championship the eight finalists — the two coaches from each conference with the most votes. Each finalist will receive a certificate and $100 at the Chicago Debate Championship Awards Ceremony. The CDL administration will select a single winner from the list of finalists as the 2012 Golden Gavel Award winner. He or she will receive a new Kindle Fire, and a handsome Golden Gavel Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize the special excellence of a small group of our coaches — with one most distinguished — and of course by extension acknowledging the dedication and effectiveness of the entirety of our coaches community.


Robb Berry (Northside)
Elyse Conklin (Whitney Young)
Avery Dale (Payton)
Andrew Fine (Lane Tech)
Erika Fritz (Lincoln Park)
Adam Goodman (Jones)
John Hazinski (Jones)
Christine Horst (Lane Tech)
Valerie House (Lane Tech)
Russ Kerr (Jones)
Imran Makani (Whitney Young)
Brad Malis (Lane Tech)
Brandon Newton (Payton)
Jeff Scheur (Whitney Young)
Jonathan Schwartz (Whitney Young)
Monish Thawani (Lincoln Park)


Mikie Acevedo (Kelvyn Park)
Bill Altorfer (Hyde Park)
Niki Anderson (Lindblom)
Michael Casey (Morgan Park)
Veronica Castaneda (Kelvyn Park)
Derrick Clifton (Evanston)
Bill Colson (Morgan Park)
Scott Dodsworth (Thomas Kelly)
Bob Edwards (Phoenix)
Fonda Ginsburg (Phoenix)
Andrew Glennon (Hope)
Dave Hayes (King)
Kamasi Hill (Evanston)
Kurt Hilgendorf (Hope)
Emma LaBounty (King)
Nick Locke (Alcott)
Melina Luna (Alcott)
Jessie Mulder (Hyde Park)
Rachael Nicholas (Taft)
Jen Nolan (Kelly)
Scott Plencer (Taft)
Lynn Santoyo (Brooks)
John Silva (Lindblom)
Sandra Taylor (Hope)
Peter Van (Lindblom)
Marie Wade (Kelvyn Park)
Juanita Wilson (Morgan Park)
Cathy Yackee (Brooks)

“A” Conference

Marquis Ard (Marshall)
Sharon Banks (Harlan)
Megan Baskin (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Vince Bauer (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Yvette Campos (Little Village)
John Colucci (Kenwood)
Jim Dorrell (Marshall)
Phyllis Ford-France (Michele Clark)
Vernessa Gipson (Champaign Central)
Chris Harris (Chicago Ag.)
Nicole Harraway (Westinghouse)
Kurt Hilgendorf (Von Steuben)
Paul Johnson (Westinghouse)
Jeanette Kanavos (Hubbard)
Dennis Kass (Little Village)
Imrose Kauser (Schurz)
Ben Krier (Von Steuben)
Sarah Leong (Mather)
Lily Mercado (Hubbard)
Jesse Nash (Hubbard)
Robert Pincham (Harlan)
Charles Rosentel (Champaign Central)
Shariba Rivers (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Kevin Rutter (Schurz)
India Smith (Harlan)
Max Smith (Kenwood)
Liz Thompson (Mather)
Chris Van Haren (Michele Clark)
Casey Weedon (Farragut)
Charles Williams (Rowe-Clark)

“AA” Conference

Don Baumgartner (Mason)
Emmitt Bowles (Ellison)
Margo Clark (Bulls Prep)
Jiton Davidson (Perspectives Tech)
Lisa Decker (Marine)
Aida Flores (Juarez)
Daviea Freeman (Austin)
Ken Goldberg (South Shore)
Moji Gray (Bowen)
Sharon Green-Powell (Julian)
Adrienne Handelman (Williams)
Justin Henderson (Perspectives Joslin)
Aundrea Holland (Urban Prep West)
Lamont Holifield (Ellison)
Christine Laadmi (Bogan)
Cornelius Lee (Power House)
April Mandusic (Power House)
Devon McBride (Phillips)
Devin McGhee (Bowen)
Stephanie Mitchell (North Lawndale College Prep)
Aubrey Monks (Austin)
Heather Moorehouse (Marine)
Mandela Okere (Amundsen)
Alfredo Peralta (Juarez)
Prentiss Ragland (Harper)
Lavie Raven (North Lawndale)
Andrew Robinson (Amundsen)
Ebony Rose (Phillips)
Kathleen Ryan (Williams)
Karen Sheehan (Perspectives Joslin)
Aly Stout (VOISE)
David Vaughn (South Shore)
Leenice Williams (Harper)
Vicki Willis (Bogan)
Robert Wysocki (VOISE)

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