Meet the NMs

Meet the NMs

Welcome! The Novice Mentor Committee has eleven members for Fall 2017. Each Novice Mentor is required to complete a hybrid with a novice this semester. If you would like to sign up for a hybrid (or if you’d like to talk to us about anything else), please reach out to us on Facebook. We are all on the Committee because we want to help–so we really want to hear from you.

 APDA Board Liaison: Ben Feshbach

Ben FeshbachHey guys! My name is Ben Feshbach, and I’m a junior at Brandeis where I study philosophy and politics. Although I’m not technically a Novice Mentor this semester (I’m only its board liaison), I have previously served on the committee and I would be more than happy to answer any debate-related questions your might have, so feel free to reach out via email ( or on Facebook!

 Novice Mentor Co-Chair: Evan Dotas

Evan DotasHi everybody! My name is Evan Dotas, and I’m a junior at William and Mary, where I’m studying government and sociology. I really enjoy debating about social issues and political movements, but that doesn’t mean I won’t fake my way through economics and IR rounds with you if that’s your thing. I usually LO/MG, but I’m flexible there as well. Outside of debate, I do a cappella, read a lot, and follow puppies at a far enough distance that their owners don’t realize I’m creepy. If you want to talk about debate or anything else in life, friend me on Facebook or find me in GA (or both; no double bind here #APDA)!

 Novice Mentor Co-Chair: Eric Tannenbaum

Eric TannenbaumHi! My name is Eric Tannenbaum and I am a senior at TCNJ majoring in International Relations and History, with minors in Russian Studies and Economics. My favorite topics to debate about are usually economics, history, and anything that is weird and kind of nerdy (I’ve had several cases about TV shows and video games) though I try to be open to every kind of case. I usually Double Lead, but am comfortable in the MG. When I’m not doing APDA I’m an active nerd, so I’ll probably be playing video games, watching whatever the latest cultural phenomena that I need to view to remain socially relevant, reading fantasy novels, and yes, even playing Dungeons and Dragons. I also love to talk about history and have a soft spot in my heart for discussions about cool and interesting stuff and people that I might not know about, especially in the distant past. Sometimes I talk for 40 minutes about specific Roman senators, so feel free to walk away from me if I start that. If you ever see me around and want to chat, I love talking to people and try to meet as many people on APDA as I can, so don’t be shy!

Novice Mentor: Tiffany Yuan

Tiffany YuanHi! My name is Tiffany Yuan, and I’m a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health and minoring in psychology. Before APDA, I competed in high school public forum for 4 years. I enjoy debating about a variety of topics, including social justice, policy, and healthcare, but I always love hearing about and learning new things in round. Outside of debate, I enjoy eating copious amounts of food and squealing over corgis instead of doing work. Feel free to reach out to me and say hi!

Novice Mentor: Sagie Tvizer

Sagie TvizerHi everyone! I am so excited to be a novice mentor again! I am a junior at Brandeis University majoring in history and politics. In my free time I love watching Netflix and reading. My positions of choice are PM and MO, and my favorite cases are history and social policy, but I love to hit just about anything! Please feel free to approach me at any tournament (as long as you can tolerate a series of bad jokes!).

Novice Mentor: Reca Sarfati

Reca SarfatiHi! My name is Reca Sarfati. I’m a senior at Brown University majoring in computer science, mathematics, and economics. I attended a high school in South Korea lacking an established debate team; APDA was my first experience. In college, I’ve debated both APDA and BP, broadly preferring motions to case tournaments. I’ve spoken all positions with even frequency. Rounds I remember enjoying have spanned development economics, feminism, healthcare, politics, and moral philosophy. Feel free to reach out via Facebook or in GA if you’d like to talk!

 Novice Mentor: Harrison Kern

Harrison KernHi Everyone! My name is Harrison Kern and I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, with a minor in Consumer Psych. I enjoy debating and discussing cases related to Philosophy, IR, and Sports, but I’m always looking to expand my knowledge on different debate topics! I usually MG/LO, but I have experience and am comfortable speaking from all positions. When I’m not debating, I’ll be sailing, hiking, or cooking (fellow foodies hit me up ASAP). Always feel free to reach out to me whenever necessary, or say hi in GA!

Novice Mentor: Sarah Ryan

Sarah RyanHi! My name is Sarah Ryan, and I’m currently a sophomore at Harvard. I haven’t declared yet but I’ll likely study History and Science or Linguistics. Before coming to college, I did four years of high school Lincoln Douglas debate. On APDA I typically speak PM/MO, and some of my favorite topics to debate are philosophy and social justice. Feel free to reach out or come say hi in GA!

Novice Mentor: Justin Roach

Justin RoachHi! My name is Justin Roach and I’m a senior political science major at City College, a campus of the City University of New York. I enjoy debating about international relations, the legal system, and American politics. Outside of debate, I’m the co-captain of my school’s mock trial team, an Eagle Scout, the most politically active member of my family, and a Survivor superfan. I entered APDA with no high school debate experience so if you relate and want help getting your foot in the door let me know. Message me anytime and please say hi at tournaments!

Novice Mentor: Max Neuman

Max NeumanHi! My name is Max, and I’m a sophomore studying political science at Columbia (formerly CUNY). I went to my first APDA practice a week after committing to attend CUNY, and I’ve been hooked ever since. In high school, I did public forum debate on the New York City Urban Debate League, a free circuit for schools with minimal debate resources. On APDA, I prefer to LO/MG and I like to write cases about New York City politics, Broadway musicals, and development. Outside of debate I work on electoral campaigns, cook, and read anything John Grisham writes. See you in GA!

Novice Mentor: Teddy Wyman

Teddy WymanHello! My name is Teddy Wyman and I’m a sophomore at Boston University studying economics and mathematics. I did extemporaneous speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate in high school, and I primarily speak PM/MO but I’m comfortable speaking any position. My favorite topics to debate are sports, arts and entertainment, social issues, politics and law, and historical IR, but I love learning about any and all subjects. Outside of debate I spend my time browsing memes, petting dogs, watching Seinfeld, and inciting arguments in the ESPN comments section. Most of all, I love being a part of the APDA community and meeting new people, so I very much look forward to being a Novice Mentor and encourage you guys to reach out to me!

 Novice Mentor: Parker Kelly

Parker KellyHi everyone. My name is Parker Kelly and I’m a sophomore at George Washington University majoring in Political Science and Economics. I come from a high school debate background, primarily competing in LD. My favorite case areas are IR (GW is rubbing off on me) and Legal Phil, although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed debates on almost every common topic area in APDA and written cases in fields ranging from sports to mythology. I don’t have a set speaking position, or at least haven’t so far in my career, so I have some experience at every position. Outside of debate I play frisbee for my school (poorly) and write for a legal blog. Really looking forward to being a novice mentor this semester! Always feel free to email me at

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