Mentors

Meera Sehgal, West Coast Regional Coordinator

Meera Sehgal is a rising senior who currently debates for the Quarry Lane School. During her junior year, she qualified to the TOC and received 9th speaker. She also was the 2nd speaker and 2nd place overall at the California Round Robin, and was in elimination rounds and received speaker awards at almost every tournament she attended. Meera specializes in theory and util arguments. She has been doing LD for upwards of 5 years, and hopes to share her passion for the activity with her students!

Emilin Mathew, Southern  Regional Coordinator 

Emilin is a junior at American Heritage and excited for her second year with W.IN! She qualified to the TOC, co-championed the Valley Sophomore Round Robin, finaled W.IN tournament with top speaker, and reached numerous outrounds. Rather than the competitive aspect, she loves the educational aspects more especially high theory philosophy.

 Mercy Wah, North East Regional Coordinator

Mercy Wah is a rising senior at University High School. She won the 2020 Newark Round Robin, the Ridge Tournament- finals bid. Fifth seed and made it to the bid round at Emory. Octos of Bronx, doubles of Greenhill. Qualled to TOC with 3 bids. Very interested in black, and indigenous k literature/scholarship with the exception of Baudrillard. Also black feminist literature, and black women writings over all.

Jalyn Wu, Mid West Regional Coordinator

Jalyn is a senior at Valley High School. As a junior, she broke and made bid rounds at multiple tournaments, as well as earning speaker awards. Jalyn has worked with W.in before and values the connections she made with not only her own mentees, but the strong group of womxn and gender minorities that W.in is composed of. As one of the few womxn on her team, she realizes the importance of having womxn role models in debate and hopes to be able to provide guidance for younger womxn in the activity. She is excited to be working with W.in again this year!

Sarai Pridgen

Sarai is a senior at Stuyvesant High School and captain of the Lincoln Douglas team at her High School. She's competed across the national circuit, ranking among the top five speakers at tournaments like Lexington and Scarsdale, and consistently making it to elimination rounds and bid rounds like at Harvard and Big Bronx. She's very interested in Antiblackness literature and reads all sorts of shell types stemming from that lit base.

Vivian Guo

Vivian is a senior at Scarsdale High School in New York. She has debated for almost three years and is excited to mentor for W.in again. She is also novice captain at her school and mentors frequently for womxn debaters. As an active member on the team, she has reached elimination rounds at most bid tournaments. She is a flexible debater who enjoys her default CP and DA, in addition to topicality/theory, and Deleuzian philosophy. She is excited to work with gender minorities and help them improve their skills.

Mariana Colicchio

Mariana is a senior at Pembroke Pines Charter High School in Florida. She has broken at Blue Key, the Sunvitational, and was a finalist at the FFL State Tournament. She specializes in critical literature, with a focus on high theory, but frequently reads LARP and theory arguments. Mariana volunteers with local elementary schoolers and teaches them the fundamentals of speech and debate, and currently teaches debate webinars for middle schoolers in Broward County. She looks forward to helping womxn flourish in debate!

Anika Dham

Anika is a senior at American Heritage High School and has reached late elimination rounds, including a bid round, of tournaments such as Sunvitational, Crestian, and Blue Key. She enjoys reading framework, theory and Baudrilliard and loves learning about strategy. She enjoys volunteering for W.IN because she knows that it can be hard to make friends, and learn new things in an activity that is male dominated.

Christina Li

Christina is a senior at Lexington High School in Massachusetts and has been doing LD debate since freshman year, competing on both the local and national circuits. She is a teaching assistant for her school's novices and is interested in critical literature. She recognizes the importance of a non-male support system in debate and hopes to become a resource for younger debaters. Even if you are not Christina's mentee, feel free to reach out for any support!

Nikita Tanguturi

Nikita is entering her 7th year of debate as a senior at American Heritage Boca. Nikki would like to help younger gender-minority not only feel welcome in debate, but also to thrive in the activity and make it theirs. As a junior, Nikita got to the bid round of the 2020 Sunvitational and Harvard tournaments.She specializes in kritikal debate, both identity-based and postmodern. Nikki is looking forward to mentoring!

Monica Schneck

Monica is a senior at Presentation High school in California going into her fourth year of debate as president of debate on her team. She enjoys teaching people about debate and specializes in k debate, especially fem and high theory. Coming from an all-girls school, she appreciates how helpful it can be to have a female role model and mentor and wants to make debate a more inclusive space.

Mimi Sawhney

Mimi Sawhney is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. She is co-captain of her school's debate team and enjoys helping her younger teammates. Mimi is excited to work with W.in Debate because she recognizes the importance of women having female role models in debate. Her interests include framework and theory!

Talia Dinstein

Talia is a senior at Byram Hills High School and has been debating since her freshman year. She has taught novices since her sophomore year and is speech and debate captain. As the only female debater in her grade she wants to help out and support other women in debate, especially those who have smaller teams and do not have the same amount of support as others. She’s very excited to be a part of W.IN this year!

Sarah Zheng

Sarah is a Senior at Dulles High School in Texas and entering their 3rd year of debate. They have debated mostly on the Texas circuit, where they qualified to state twice as well as broken at a couple bid tournaments. Their interests include Kritiks and LARP. They are excited to help uplift other womxn and trans* folxs in debate!

Kasia Drewniak

Katarzyna Drewniak, Kasia for short, is a senior at Hebron High School. She has been in debate for 3 years and is now going into her last year as a senior. She acquired some success over the years and has broken at every TOC tournament she's been to and has received speaker awards at some such as UT Austin. She wants to volunteer for W.in to make an impact for women in debate and also teach queer theory to new debaters for in round and out round use.

Kaya Czyz

Kaya has debated for Lovejoy for three years and enjoys policy and kritikal positions. As a small school debater, she realized that debate proved inaccessible for many, and needed organizations, like W.IN, to provide a safe space for non-male debaters. She's excited to be a mentor and meet her mentee!

Leah Yeshitila

Leah Yeshitila is a rising junior at Garland High School. She has debated for 2 years, qualifying for TFA state once and clearing at UT, where she reached double octo-finals. She has also finaled or championed TFA qualifying tournaments, often placing top seed and speaker. She has mentored multiple novices, aids with the Blackened debate blog “The Drinking Gourd,” and has founding The Online Debate Institute. Her debate interests include LARP, T/Theory, and Afropessimism, including Spillers and Hartman.

Robin Pan

Robin is a junior at Lexington High School and she enjoys reading kritikal literature. She competes on the national and local circuit, broke at a few tournaments and qualified to the NDCA. As a former mentee, she hopes to be able to help other non-male debaters thrive and feel supported!

Aseel Rawashdeh

Aseel goes to Anderson highschool in texas and enjoys K and theory debate. Specifically, she has read settler colonialism, black futurism, various cap Ks, deluezian literature, and other identity Ks in round. Aseel is also familiar with queer pess, afropessimism, queer futurism, disability pess, baudrillard, and more. She received a bid from the 2019 st Mark's invitational, has had a positive record at every bid tournament she attended last year, and competed at the 2019 TOC. Outside of debate, she loves running, cooking, and spending time with friends

Mayah Singh

Mayah Singh is a junior at Lake Highland Preparatory School and has competed on the circuit for 4 years. She enjoys reading identity affirmatives, Ks, and philosophy. She recognizes the importance of W.IN because she finds it important for womxn to support one another in a male-dominated activity.

Kauai Cua

Kauai Cua is a Junior at Valley High School (WDM). She has consistently competed on the national circuit and wants to become a mentor because she wants to assist a program that helps facilitate connections for women and gender minorities.

Christine Yuan

Christine is a junior at Clements High School, and this will be her 5th year in debate. She has qualified to TFA State both her freshman and sophomore years, and has accumulated 32 state points so far in her high school career. She's interested in policy-style/LARP positions, theory, and some Kritiks like Baudrillard and Agamben. She is thankful to have had the opportunity of being a mentee for the W.in Debate Program, and she and is looking forward to giving back to the community this year as a mentor!

Emily Shang

Emily is a junior at Bronx Science in New York. She has competed in LD for 2 years on the national and local circuit. Her debate interests include phil and theory positions. She is really excited to be a mentor for WIN, as well as co-directing her school's women in speech and debate program next year!

Adrita RayChaudhuri

Adrita is a Junior at McNeil High School, going to be team captain of her school's team. She has been debating for 2 years, qualifying to TFA State her sophomore year. Her debate interests include mostly LARP and theory, and occasionally framework. She is excited to mentor with WIN and make the debate space more inclusive for gender minorities.

Joie Zhang

Joie is a junior heading into her third year of Varsity LD at Harvard-Westlake. Prior to attending HW, Joie did traditional LD and won the 2017 NSDA Middle School National Tournament in Lincoln-Douglas. In this past season, Joie earned a bid at the Meadows Tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the Golden Desert Debate Tournament. Joie can’t wait to be a W.in mentor so that she can have a chance to give back to the debate community in a meaningful way.

Caroline Shi

Caroline Shi is a junior from Scarsdale High School. She's been in debate for about two years and is grateful for all the friendships she has made along the way. Her debate interests include high theory and critical positions. She realizes debate can be a toxic space sometimes and wanted to be a mentor to make the space more inclusive for everyone!

Anshumi Jhaveri

Anshumi is a Junior at Dulles High School in Texas. She has been debating since the 8th grade! She competes on the TFA and TOC circuit & has broke at almost all tournaments she's attended. She has gotten many speaker awards on her local circuit & her main interests in debate are surrounding LARP & the theory debate. She is excited to mentor for W.in because she had a great mentor that helped her last year  & would love to do the same for more. 

Alyssa Sawyer

Alyssa is a junior that has debated for two years on the West Coast. She primarily reads settler colonialism and policy arguments, breaking at Stanford and Berkeley. Also, as VP Tournaments of her team, she has experience managing Tabroom. She is excited to work with W.IN!

Katheryne Dwyer

Katheryne is a junior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. In her sophomore year, she and her partner qualified for TOC and reached outrounds at several national circuit tournaments, including semis at Laird, quarters at Pennsbury and Octos at Penn. She is on the cabinet of Beyond Resolved and extremely passionate about working with femxle and non-male debaters!

Reethi Ravi

Reethi is a junior at Hebron High School and is team vice president. Entering her third year of policy debate, she has competed on the national level circuit, clearing at every TOC tournament as a sophomore as well as NSDA Nationals and TFA State. Reethi specializes in kritikal debate and has experience reading identity ks such as fem and queer theory. As one of the only female policy debaters on her team, she realizes how important a female role model can be and wants to help make debate a safer and more accessible space to gender minorities.

Kelly Helton

Kelly Helton is a junior at Ryle High School in Kentucky. She has been very successful in debate including winning first place at the Kentucky State tournament in 2019 and qualifying at the NCFL national tournament in 2020. In the future, she hopes to learn more about debate and use her skills to pursue a career in Law. Kelly is volunteering for W.in because she wants to share her debate knowledge with other passionate students and make them the best debaters they can be.

Advika Bhike

Advika is a junior at Mission San Jose High School and has competed in LD for almost three years. As the oldest circuit debater on her team, she enjoys guiding teammates through the confusing circuit and hopes to help out more debaters this year. She likes theory and philosophy

Mackenzie Davis

Mackenzie Davis is a junior at Quarry Lane in California. She has been competing on the national circuit for two years, and has gotten to outrounds at the Alta Silver and Black Invitational. She enjoys reading kritikal and creative/small policy arguments. She has been a mentee for the past two years, and has appreciated the program so much as a womxn in debate. She is grateful for the opportunity to help gender minorities in the activity!

Ananya Natchukuri

Ananya is a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan entering her fourth year competing in LD. She also serves as policy/parli captain for her team. She qualified to NJ state championships her sophomore and junior year and competes on the national and local circuit. She enjoys reading a variety of kritikal literature, theory and topicality arguments. As both a small school and female debater, she understands how isolating and elitist circuit debate can be and looks forward to supporting mentees in order to make debate more accessible!

Sophia Polley-Fisanich

Sophia is a junior at Walt Whitman high school and has competed on the national circuit for the past two years. She has seen competitive success as a first speaker during her freshman and sophomore seasons, reaching late out rounds at tournaments such as Harvard, Pennsbury, Princeton, and UPenn. Sophia qualified for the Tournament of Champions her sophomore year, earning two bids.

Amulya Natchukuri

Amulya is a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan, entering her 4th year in LD. As novice captain and one of the only circuit debaters from her school, she helps traditional debaters transition to the national circuit. She was 3rd seed/quarter-finalist at NJ State Championships, and either broke or acquired a positive record at both bid tournaments she attended junior year (Ridge and Harvard). She enjoys reading theory, tricks, and kritikal literature. As a small school female debater, she understands debate can be daunting and elitist, so she is excited to provide her mentees with support!

Alyssa Makena

Alyssa is a junior at Valley High School. She has been competing for 2 years and as a freshman she was the 2019 Iowa Varsity Forensic League Champion. She has also championed and been in late elims at several Midwestern circuit tournaments. She is very interested in Afro-Futurism, Pan-Africanism, and Black Feminist literature. She believes in that there is a resource disparity in debate that often leaves gender minorities in the dust as an after-thought to the overall project inspiring her to join W.in! She's looking forward to working with W.in this year!

Casey Epstein-Gross

Casey is a senior at Solebury School and is co-captain of their debate team. She does LD and primarily reads Ks (especially fem Ks), soft-left affs, plans, & traditional cases, as her school’s circuit is a very traditional one. Despite last year being her first year debating, she was a quarter-finalist in her circuit. She is a small school debater as well as the only gender minority on her team, so she knows first hand how difficult that can be. As such, she wants to help other small school gender minorities lacking resources make the most out of their debate experience!