2020 - 2021 BR Cabinet

The role of the cabinet within Beyond Resolved is to oversee projects, local chapters, and vote on major decisions concerning the organization. Each cabinet member oversees a different area of Beyond Resolved.

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President: Zara Chapple

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Zara Chapple is a senior from the Dalton School in New York City, NY. She started debate in 7th grade and has been involved with Beyond Resolved from its start. On the Executive Board last year, she organized the summer institute and mentorship program years, designed this website and the graphics for our Instagram, and hosted digital practices. Her biggest goal is for BR to transition from an organization focused on the experience of girls on the national circuit, to one that represents every marginalized person in debate, regardless of identity and competitive opportunity. Outside of debate and BR, she enjoys listening to audiobooks while painting, baking, and playing Nintendo games.

Treasurer: Katheryne Dwyer 

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Katheryne Dwyer is a junior at Walt Whitman high school in Bethesda, MD. Over the last two years, Katheryne has been extremely active both on her debate team and on Beyond Resolved. Last year she developed the scholarship initiative, spotlights, and wrote blog posts. Katheryne is extremely excited to continue being a part of Beyond Resolved this year and work to make debate more equitable!

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Vice President of External Operations: Rhyen Hunt

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Rhyen Hunt is a senior at La Salle College Prep in Los Angeles, Pasadena, CA and captain of Debate this year. This is her 4th year in Public Forum Debate. Rhyen is a motivated activist committed to fighting race, gender, and socioeconomic inequality in and out of the debate. During her time on the debate team, she has been dedicated to working with the underclassmen on her team and making sure the debate team is a safe and inclusive environment. Rhyen is excited to continue to expanding initiatives with Beyond Resolved to help make the debate space inclusive, kind, welcoming and equal.

Vice President of Internal Operations: Anika Seth

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Anika Seth is a senior from Montgomery Blair HS in Rockville, MD. Anika has been debating public forum since her freshman year. She debates primarily on local circuits in Maryland and DC but started debating on the national circuit in her junior year and broke at several tournaments. Anika is really passionate about bringing Beyond Resolved out of just the national circuit and becoming involved with more local debate communities across the country, and she wants to make national circuit opportunities more attainable for those who wish to pursue them. Outside of debate, she’s involved with robotics, biomedical research, and her school newspaper. She’s super excited for #seniorszn and can’t wait to continue working with all the lovely people in Beyond Resolved!

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Volunteer Director:

Palvasha Khan

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Palvasha Khan is a senior at Byram Hills HS in Armonk, NY. Palvasha is the current Co-Captain of Public Forum for her team and has been an active debater since her freshman year. Last year, she was a mentor for Beyond Resolved and was a member of the fundraising committee. She is incredibly passionate about making debate a more equitable space and is excited to work with the cabinet to do so! Outside of debate, Palvasha likes to volunteer on political campaigns, scroll on twitter for hours, and bake.

Research and Education Director: Cobin Szymanski

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Cobin Szymanski is a Senior from Saint Michael-Albertville HS in Saint Michael, MN. This is Cobin’s first year with Beyond Resolved. So far, they have hosted a bunch of super fun digital practices, participated in the LGBTQ+ focus group, and so much more. In addition, they will be instructing at the BRi this summer! They are the captain of their school’s debate team and help coach local novice debaters. They are super excited to be a part of the cabinet and will do everything they can to make debate a safer place for all people!

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Community Projects Director:

Karina Samuel 

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Karina Samuel is a junior at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek, FL. Karina has been extensively involved with her school’s debate program, where she has served as Treasurer, Novice Director, and President of Public Forum Debate. She actively participated in numerous areas in Beyond Resolved for the 2019-2020 year (creative content and blogposts, the judging and coaching initiative, tournament outreach) and is excited to return to work alongside the Cabinet! This year, she is looking forward to implement her ideas of better chapter coordination and helping marginalized/students with poorly funded programs transition into the national circuit.

Creative Director: Kacey Lee

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Kacey Lee is a senior from McMinnville HS in McMinnville, OR. Kacey, entering her fourth year of Public Forum in the fall, has been at Beyond Resolved for almost a year. Having served as the co-head of the Mental Health Initiative, she is excited to be a part of the Cabinet as the Creative Director. She hopes to help create a safe debate space for everyone and encourage a broader scope of representation within the debate community- including the representation of debaters in local and state circuits, debaters of color, and debaters from under-recognized or underfunded programs.

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Social Media Director: Abhiram Masam

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Abhiram Masam is a junior at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in Scarsdale, NY. This is Abhiram’s first year with Beyond Resolved. He competes in Public Forum and coaches some of the novices on his team. Abhiram is also one of the heads of the LGBTQIA+ initiative, and is passionate about increasing the visibility of queer debaters and their experiences. He is excited to be a part of Beyond Resolved’s Cabinet and is committed to to make speech and debate safe, equitable, and welcoming for everyone!

Volunteer Director: Pujitha Nachuri

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Pujitha Nachuri is a junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, CA. She began public forum debate in 7th grade and has been on her high school's Varsity Roster for three years. Pujitha is dedicated to making the speech and debate community more inclusive, equitable, and safe for all marginalized groups in addition to spurring important but often difficult conversations about prevalent issues both in her own team and also on the local and national levels. This is Pujitha's first year with Beyond Resolved and she currently serves as the Volunteer Director and the California Chapter Head. This year she has been highly involved in starting and developing her state chapter, hosting a variety of panel discussions focused on issues faced by different marginalized groups, and organizing free event workshops in an effort to make debate education more accessible. As Volunteer Director, she helps coordinate all the state chapters and sends weekly organization-wide internal updates. Outside of debate, Pujitha enjoys playing the French horn, competing in her MUN team, and meeting new people.