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Attorney Griffith William Vertican is one of the most successful Coaches in Stoa. His students include the 2013 National Parli Champions and Top Speaker (Marton/Winchel), the 2013 #1 ranked TP Team and Debater (Marton/Winchel), the 2015 #1 ranked LD Debater (Evan Buck), and the 2015 overall NITOC Tournament Champion and Top LD/Parli Speaker (Joseph Abell). He himself is a National Champion, having won the nations largest collegiate tournament the NPDA national tournament with a perfect 14-0 record - 1st out of 230+ teams!
Griffith is heavily involved in youth ministry and speaking to young men and women about the virtues of a chaste single life. He was 2x Captain of the Speech and Debate Team at Point Loma Nazarene University where he was also Senior Class President and received a B.A. in Communication. In May 2012 he graduated from Trinity Law School receiving a Juris Doctorate degree and an award for Trial Advocacy. As as a member of the Trial Ad team he was only 2 points shy from a perfect score for his closing argument. He passed the Bar exam in 2013 and is currently a licensed attorney. He is also the Head Coach of the VALOR Debate Club and has been a head coach for nine years. He founded National Institute for Homeschool Debate (NIHD) in 2008 (formerly known as the Concordia Camp) and this is his 9th year as the director in charge.

Michael Tant is a graduated year high school debater who competed for 7 years in multiple leagues, and all possible formats including Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas Value, Parliamentary, Public Forum, Individual Policy, and Student Congress. In parliamentary he has been ranked in the top 5 year back to back years with multiple partners, and has had success at NITOC in both Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas placing 14th as a Sophomore in TP. He also qualified to NCFCA nationals and broke to outrounds in LD value, and was the Individual Policy National Champion with an undefeated record of 10-0. Michael is an outspoken advocate of Topical Counterplans and is incredibly grateful to God, his family, his friends, and his coaches, for the experiences, lessons, skills, knowledge, and wisdom that he has gathered in his debate years, considering them foundational to his growth and education.

Luke McConnel
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Austin Janik
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