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Topeka High School Debate and Forensics

Topeka High School Debate and Forensics


800 SW 10th St Topeka KS United States 66612

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The current Director of Debate and Forensics is Dustin Rimmey. Dustin is entering his 8th year of teaching and coaching at Topeka High School. He is the new Director of Debate and Forensics after working under and being mentored by Pam McComas. Mr. Rimmey also teaches AP US Government and AP Comparative Government. Mr. Rimmey is a member of the Flint Hills NSDA District Committee, the NFHS Policy Debate Topic Selection Wording Committee and a 2014 James Madison Foundation Senior Fellow.

Current members of the assistant coaching staff include:

Randy Baldwin is currently running the Credit Recovery program at Topeka High School. Mr. Baldwin just joined the Trojan Family transferring over from Highland Park. He is currently coaching Debate.

Matt Bevens, a former Trojan competitor, will be coaching both semesters. He looks like the son of Mr. Rimmey, and their resemblance is very creepy. While in high school Matt was very successful in both Policy Debate and Extemp, he qualified to nationals both his Junior and Senior years. Matt is currently attending the University of Kansas where he was a former member of their debate program.

Derek Campbell is new to the Trojan family. Derek is a 2005 graduate from Washburn Rural where he was a force to be reckoned with during the forensics season. Derek is currently teaching English and will be helping coach Forensics in the spring.

Sam Schumann is the Chair of the Social Studies department where he also teaches AP US and AP European History. Sam has been a member of the coaching staff at THS for 10 years and is the former head coach at Satanta. His nearly two-decades of coaching experience helps add some depth and experience to the coaching staff, and he will keep Rimmey in line! He will occasionally assist during the debate season and take on full coaching responsibilities during the forensics season.

Eli Woody is returning to coach at Topeka High after a brief hiatus. Eli is a 2007 graduate of THS, where he competed during both seasons. He is currently student teaching at Robinson Middle School in their English department, and will be helping coach debate after school.

The former Director of Debate and Forensics is Pam McComas. Pam coached at Topeka High School for the last 34 years where she has led the team to many state championships in both Debate and Forensics. At the national level, she has had 5 of Topeka High's 6 National Forensic League National Champions, and finalists in every event except LD, PFD, and Duo. She is also a member of the NFL Board of Directors. She knows that she is still high on Mr. Rimmey's speed dial, found "below his wife and above his mother." She will be called quite often to offer some words of wisdom to Mr. Rimmey in his first year as director.

There are rumors that Pam McComas went to school with Moses. However that is incorrect. In her 10th year of coaching she coached him to DI finals, where he was promptly eliminated for using a prop.

Here is a list of all of our 6A State speech champions from 1986-Present: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0aP26Fft5tYcEMzbGpYUGtuRjQ0azhOcHZEVmRPWVNKd3hB/edit?usp=sharing

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