Who We Are
NPDL Board of Directors
Trevor Greenan, President
Trevor Greenan is a current student at UC Berkeley, where he has directed the student-run NPDA debate team, Parliamentary Debate at Berkeley, since 2015. Trevor competed in NPDA debate for three years on the team and qualified to the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence twice, while also serving as Head Coach and Director of the program. He also competed for Speech at Berkeley, the student-run speech team, in both prepared and limited prep events. In high school, he competed for three years on Santa Rosa High School's parliamentary debate team. Trevor is currently coaching for Campolindo high school for his second year, and has previously provided assistant coaching for Berkeley High and Santa Rosa. He also serves as the Managing Publisher for The Daily Californian, the independent, student-run paper at Berkeley. He is majoring in Rhetoric and Sociology, with an intended minor in Linguistics.
Rishabh Meswani, Secretary
A freshman at the University of California, Berkeley studying Data Science, Computer Science, and Economics, Rishabh has been debating competitively for 6 years. As Irvington High School's Debate President, he lead his student-run team to 4th place in the national rankings, hosted the inaugural Vikings Invitational, and helped his team grow to 170 members. Rishabh is also the founder of Fremont Debate Academy, a IRS certified non-profit that aims to spread debate education internationally. So far, the non-profit has taught Middle School Debate to over 500 students, and has established competitive leagues in several states and Mumbai, India. Rishabh hopes to use his expertise on non-profits to help this organization succeed, and to establish a platform for parliamentary debate to grow expansively across the nation.
Artem Raskin, Treasurer
Artem Raskin is a history teacher, social studies department chair, and debate club adviser at Washington High School (WHS). He currently serves as president of the Coast Forensic League (CFL). Artem was previously the parliamentary debate captain at Lynbrook High School, debate club president at UC Davis, and director of speech and debate at Evergreen Valley High School (EVHS). Artem's students have won SCU, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Tournament of Champions. From his administrative work at the CFL, WHS, and EVHS, Artem has experience working with debate nonprofit budgets, government paperwork, and tax filings. As treasurer, he hopes to make POI Foundation finances transparent to all members, easy for schools to work with, and compliant with the law.
Julie Herman, TOC Director
Julie is currently the Head Coach of the Mountain View-Los Altos District Speech & Debate Team, and has been running teams and coaching for almost seven years, after parli careers in high school and college. She presided over major streamlining of the judging and communications systems at the Santa Clara tournaments, and co-directed the inaugural Girls Invitational last year. Both as a coach and as a public-facing tournament staffer, she is familiar with guiding parents, students, and coaches through all aspects of the tournament process. She has also run the TOC student forum for the past two years, and looks forward to using the experience gained from those sessions to make the TOC a more transparent institution to the community through surveys and online discussions.
Sarah Sherwood, Outreach Director
Sarah Sherwood has been the Director of Forensics at Servite High School for the last seven years. In community college, she debated in NPDA–style parli for three years and found both success and a passion for the event. When she is not taking her students to tournaments, she can be found in tabrooms up and down the coast, and is currently the President of the Orange County Speech League. She hopes to use her connections in the debate community to help parli flourish in the world of high school debate, both in and out of California.
Sierra Maciorowski, Web Director
Sierra Maciorowski joined POI in 2014 as editor of the opinion page, served as editor-in-chief and web admin for two years, and continues this year as website director. In high school, she debated for Sonoma Academy, where she also served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper. Sierra competed for the Santa Rosa Junior College in NPDA, and now attends Stanford University, where she competes for the Stanford Debate Society in APDA and BP. As a double-major in Science, Technology and Society, and English, Sierra's emphasis is on communication in all forms, and she looks forward to continuing her work to make parliamentary debate well-documented, well-organized, and successful. In addition to her work with Point of Information, Sierra coaches the Mountain View - Los Altos parliamentary debate team and private students, serves as the Coast Forensic League's Vice President of Topics, and directs the POI Debate Institute.
Shannon Bonet, News Editor
Shannon is a junior at Campolindo High School entering her fourth year of competitive debate, and continues this year with the POI news team as editor after a year as one of our Northern California correspondents. Last season, Shannon won the Georgiana Hays Invitational, reached semifinals at both 6x4 invitationals, quarterfinals at the Tournament of Champions, National Parliamentary Debate Invitational and the Notre Dame Invitational, and ended her season ranked 7th. In addition to her competitive career, she currently serves as the vice president of Campolindo’s debate team. Outside of debate, Shannon enjoys babysitting children and adoring her dog, Lola.
Paul Kim, Senior East Coast Correspondent
Paul debates for Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, where he is currently a senior, and joined our correspondent team in 2015. Competing primarily in the Connecticut Debate Association, he completed his junior year undefeated within the CDA circuit, culminating in a triumph at the state championship. Outside of debate, Paul writes for the school paper, runs, and does mock trial. He thinks cliffs tend to be more charming when hanging from them.
Hart Rapaport, New York Correspondent
Hart debates for Dalton School. In the 2016-17 season he distinguished himself as one of the best debaters in the New York Parliamentary Debate league, winning first place speaker awards at two of the three league tournaments and never finishing below sixth in the team awards. At Dalton, he is a deputy editor for his school paper, head of the Military History Club, and also participates in his school’s political club. Outside of school, he enjoys playing squash.
Haven Hunt, Connecticut Correspondent
Haven is a competitive debater for Immaculate High School/the Hive. She debated in the CTMSDL for two years before moving into the CDA as a Novice in 2016, qualifying for State Finals that year and, along with her partner, going undefeated at the 2017 State Finals. Later in the year, she received 5th place speaker at the first tournament of her Varsity career, Yale Osterweis. When she's not debating, Haven keeps herself busy by running a local photography business, looking after her 30+ farm animals, writing for a town news source, and teaching at a local horse barn.
Emily Her, Senior Northern California Correspondent
Currently a senior, Emily debates for Dougherty Valley High School. Although she has been doing parli for four years, she is also entering her second year in impromptu speaking and occasionally does public forum and extemporaneous speaking. Within her own team, Emily is the upperclassmen representative officer across all events. Emily has debated with various partners throughout her career, and hopes to eventually find a long-term debate partner soon. Outside of debate, Emily is also an officer of the Art Club, Model United Nations, and Future Business Leaders of America. When not worrying about dinner, Emily enjoys thrift shopping, creating graphic designs, and wondering when would be a good time to dye her hair.
Anoushka Singal, Northern California Correspondent
Anoushka, currently a sophomore at Irvington High School, is entering her second year of competitive debate, and is excited to see where this year takes her. When she isn’t debating, she enjoys volunteering, playing and teaching piano, and writing. In her free time, she writes a blog on which she posts her thoughts and ramblings, as well as for a local magazine. She has also written for her school paper for three years, as well as mentored young writers after graduating in the past. She is passionate about both the written and the spoken word, which is a large part of the reason that speech and debate appeal to her.
Ryan Nam, Southern California Correspondent
Ryan debates for Los Osos High School, where he is currently a senior. For four years, he has participated in a number of different events, including parliamentary debate, extemporaneous speaking, congress, and public forum. As a sophomore, he was the league champion in domestic extemp and has qualified to the NSDA national tournament twice. Outside of debate, Ryan participates in mock trial, competes in an annual forestry challenge, and is president of his school’s Future Business Leaders of America. He also has a firm belief that debate is much like the sport of fencing.
Mira Ogawa, Southern California Correspondent
A junior at University High School, Mira has been debating for two years. At her school’s debate club, she serves as the publicity manager, occasional substitute parliamentary captain, and emotional support for her teammates. When needed, she also enjoys judging tournaments as she finds it refreshing to get the differing perspective on debate rounds. When not debating or doing debate-related activities, Mira plays water polo, swims competitively, stresses about school, and plays viola for the orchestra. During her time away from school activities, she enjoys procrastinating on school work, applying face masks and going shopping.
Hannah Doyle, Oregon Correspondent
Hannah, currently a junior, debates for Ashland High School in Southern Oregon. She’s been on the team for three years and focuses on parli although she also dabbles in public forum and extemporaneous speaking. Hannah has had the chance to debate both Oregon and California style parliamentary and looks forward to traveling this year for more tournaments. As parli team captain at her school she loves teaching new debaters and helping them try things out of their comfort zone. When she’s not debating, Hannah can be found skiing, hiking, training with her Aerial Dance troupe or listening to acoustic music through loud speakers.
Gabriel Graville, Oregon Correspondent
Gabe is the team captain for Lake Oswego High School’s speech and debate team. For the past four years, Gabe has competed in northern Oregon in every form of debate, and qualified for the state tournament in Lincoln Douglas twice. For his final year in high school, he has shifted his focus towards parliamentary debate. When Gabe isn't debating, he is often found participating in the constitutional law or model United Nations programs at his school.