The 2013 Golden Gavel Award

The Chicago Debate League will be awarding the 13th Annual Golden Gavel Award at the 2013 Chicago Debate Championship on April 7th. 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. This is one ballot (for two coaches) per coach, not one ballot per school. Vote by sending Christine ( an email no later than Wednesday, March 27th with two names — no explanatory “nomination” necessary. 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. A special CDL administrative committee will select a single winner from the list of finalists as the 2013 Golden Gavel Award winner. He or she will receive an additional $200, a very handsome Golden Gavel Award, and a place on the CDL Pages of Fame.

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)
Kailey Cole (Lincoln Park)
Elyse Conklin (Whitney Young)
Avery Dale (Payton)
Sydney Doe (Evanston)
Andrew Fine (Lane Tech)
Kamasi Hill (Evanston)
Valerie House (Lane Tech)
Angela Iagaru (Whitney Young)
Nick Locke (Lane Tech)
Margaret Loranger (Lincoln Park)
John O’Brien (Payton)
Monish Thawani (Lincoln Park)
Elvis Veizi (Lane Tech)


Niki Anderson (Lindblom)
Megan Baskin (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Vince Bauer (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Bill Colson (Morgan Park)
Scott Dodsworth (Thomas Kelly)
Bob Edwards (Phoenix)
Ryan Glowacz (Taft)
Dave Hayes (King)
Luke Hill (Westinghouse)
Aundrea Holland (Westinghouse)
Benjamin Krier (Von Steuben)
Emma LaBounty (King)
Nick Locke (Alcott)
Melina Luna (Alcott)
Jessie Mulder (Hyde Park)
Jen Nolan (Kelly)
Kathryn O’Day (Von Steuben)
Kelly O’Toole (Westinghouse)
Scott Plencer (Taft)
Shariba Rivers (U. of Chicago Woodlawn)
Samuel Sanchez (Phoenix)
Lynn Santoyo (Brooks)
Sarah Ungureit (Hyde Park)
Peter Van (Lindblom)
Jerome Wade (Morgan Park)
Cathy Yackee (Brooks)

“A” Conference

Alex Bahls (Kenwood)
Sharon Banks (Harlan)
Don Baumgartner (Marshall)
Emmitt Bowles (Ellison)
Camille Calabrese (Chicago Ag.)
Andrew Coleman (mather)
Matt Cossett (Juarez)
JoLynn Cunningham (Kenwood)
Jim Dorrell (Marshall)
Aaron Feinhandler (Schurz)
Walter Glascoff (Hubbard)
Adrienne Handelman (Williams)
Chris Harris (Chicago Ag.)
Lamont Holifield (Ellison)
Jesse Nash (Hubbard)
Alfredo Peralta (Juarez)
Jeremiah Pickert (Champagne Central)
Robert Pincham (Harlan)
Andrew Robinson (Amundsen)
Kathleen Ryan (Williams)
Asher Stuhlman (Amundsen)
Liz Thompson (Mather)
Ashley Walls (Champagne Central)
Ryan Warner (Schurz)

“AA” Conference

Nikole Burrell (Senn)
Conor Cameron (Solorio)
Yvette Campos (Little Village)
Amy Coffelt (Senn)
Jiton Davidson (Perspectives Tech)
Lauren Figy (Urban Prep West)
Phyllis Ford-France (Michele Clark)
Sharon Green-Powell (Julian)
Christine Laadmi (Bogan)
Alexandra Mack (North Lawndale)
April Mandusic (Power House)
Sonya Marrero (Air Force)
Christopher McCabe (Little Village)
Caitlin Miller (Kennedy)
Jose Ramirez (Little Village)
Lavie Raven (North Lawndale)
Alan Sager (UNO Garcia)
Safwan Shabab (Urban Prep West)
Karen Sheehan (Perspectives Joslin)
Aly Stout (VOISE)
Kevin Trant (Kennedy)
Patrice Turk (Solorio)
Jenny Vaughn (Epic)
Vickki Willis (Bogan)
Lucas Woolums (Air Force)
Robert Wysocki (VOISE)

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