Who We Are
NPDL Board of Directors
Eliza Haas, President
Eliza Haas is an English and Social Studies teacher and Speech and Debate teacher and coach at Ashland High School in Southern Oregon. Previously, Eliza built the Sunset Speech and Debate team in Portland from a small, struggling team to one of the most successful in the state of Oregon. Among other achievements, her students have qualified for the Kentucky and NPDL Tournament of Champions and earned a top ten finish at NSDA Nationals. Eliza is passionate about strengthening the National Parliamentary Debate League and expanding the opportunities it provides students. She looks forward to working with students, coaches, leagues, and tournament directors to expand Parli debate across the country and to increase equitable access for all debaters across regional, racial, gender, and socioeconomic lines. The truly democratic and student-driven nature of the NPDL is unique in national high school speech and debate organizations, and Eliza hopes to increase transparency and broaden participation in the league. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her directly with any ideas, questions, concerns, or hopes.
Ming Qian, Secretary
Ming Qian is a rising sophomore studying political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is currently Co-President of the parliamentary debate team. In his freshman year, he qualified for and broke at the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. He previously competed for Campolindo High School, where he led the club as Vice President to #1 in the national club rankings for the first time in the team’s history, while placing fifth individually. While on the team, he mediated feedback and advice from parents, students, tournament directors, and administrative advisors alike, making him adept at working to represent the best interests of the community. He’s looking forward to working on the board, and hopes to bring more schools from Southern California into the parliamentary debate fold.
Artem Raskin, Treasurer
Artem Raskin is a history teacher, social studies department chair, and debate club adviser at Washington High School. He currently serves as president of the Coast Forensic League and sits on the debate committee of the California High School Speech Association. 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. Artem's students have won SCU, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Tournament of Champions. As treasurer, Artem hopes to provide a solid financial foundation for a truly democratic and inclusive parliamentary debate community.
JOEL Jacobs, TOC Director
Joel has been involved with debate for more than three decades, as a competitor, judge, and coach. Joel is an environmental lawyer, and coaches debate at El Cerrito High School and the Debate Society of UC Berkeley. After his daughter joined the Berkeley High School parli team, he managed the growth of the team from a small, newly formed club to the 11th ranked high school parli program in the country. He was Tournament Director for the Berkeley High School Parli Invitational in both years of its existence, 2017 and 2018, and Tab Director for the second annual Cal Parli Invitational in October 2017. Joel competed in policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate in high school in Southern California, and APDA parli at Wesleyan University. After college, he coached Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Collegiate School in New York City.
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 has served as web director for the NPDL since 2017. 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, and is an editor for Stanford Politics. As a double-major in Human Biology 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 the NPDL, Sierra spent two years as the Vice President of Topics for the Coast Forensic League, currently coaches the Mountain View - Los Altos parliamentary debate team and private students, and directs the POI Debate Institute.
Shannon Bonet, News Editor
Shannon is a senior at Campolindo High School entering her fifth year of competitive debate, and continues as editor this year after two seasons with the POI news team. Shannon ended the 2017-18 season ranked 3rd nationally, after reaching semifinals at the Tournament of Champions, MLK Invitational, and winning several tournaments. In her sophomore season, Shannon reached quarterfinals at the TOC and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, won the Georgiana Hays Invitational, and finished 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.
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.
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.
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.