What is debate?

The Debate Department is tasked with coming up with debates for overnight conventions as well as suggested debates for chapter meetings.  They write briefs with pros and cons for each debate.  At conventions they make sure all debates go smoothly.


Shahad Salman

Hello! I’m Shahad Salman, a sophomore at Dublin Coffman, and your director of debate for the 2017-2018 year. My excitement and dedication for this organization is truly unmeasurable, and I can’t wait for the prospective initiatives in the debate department. I’m passionate about all things political, and have a tendency to corner any person to discuss controversial issues in my long and strenuous mission to fight apathy!!! I’m a big fanatic of the semicolon; I also am an activist for the oxford comma, as it is helpful, concise, and the best grammatical concept invented.

Deputy director of DEBATE

Hannah Ackerman


joseph laforest

Samantha Ives

I’m a senior at Firelands High School and I’ve been a JSA member for 3 years. I am a Debate Specialist on Cabinet and my Chapter Secretary. Outside of JSA I’m involved in FFA, 4-H, NHS, Junior Fair Board, and I’m a Varsity Football Cheerleader.

Brayden Reichelderfer

Hi, my name is Brayden Reichelderfer and I am a Junior at Lakota East High School. Apart from JSA, I participate in Marching Band, Lakota East Symphonic Winds, Eastside Jazz, Chess, Engineering Club, and I am an active member as President Elect for Lakota East’s Mu Alpha Theta. When it comes to JSA, I can’t wait to give back to the same organization that has helped me become the person I am today, and I can’t wait to see what my department and the other departments of the ORV JSA can accomplish this year!

Gordan Liu

My name is Gordan and I’m a junior at Worthington Kilbourne High School. I love imagining all of the possibilities with JSA and I can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve this year as a community.


I’m Elias Tzoc and I’m excited to be a Specialist for the Debate Department.  I’m originally from Guatemala and I love my country’s cuisine.  I like to spend time reading, jogging, and watching random documentaries.  I’m happy to be making a contribution to JSA and to make it a great experience for everyone.