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Julia Burke Award Nominations

At The Tournament of Champions


The Julia Burke Foundation has established The Julia Burke Award to recognize the high school policy debater who most closely upholds the combination of characteristics that Julia displayed in her love for the activity. These qualities include excellence in and passion for debate, a commitment to helping others, love and respect for the policy debate community and dedication to maintaining friendships despite the pressures of competition. Julia was lost October 30, 1998 following an automobile accident.

Julia was a young woman of substance, and always filled her life with activities. In addition to being a debater, she was the coxswain for a championship men's crew team, had been a competitive figure skater for five years, played soccer for nine years, was on a swim team for three years, was in Girl Scouts for five years, played the flute for seven years, and was an altar server at her church for six years. She was a junior at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California where she debated, contributed photography for the yearbook, and made many friends.

At Julia's service, Ryan Mills, her debate coach, said it well: "It suddenly became so obvious to me that she was the one who had it right all along. The importance of people, not things; your integrity, not your successes; your contributions, not your awards."


The annual award will be presented at the Tournament of Champions (TOC), and will include:


Any senior high school policy debater who is eligible, or expected to be eligible, to compete in the TOC may be nominated for the award. Policy debaters, coaches and judges are invited to nominate one individual per person. TOC Deadline for 2020 Nominations is Friday, April 2, 2020.

Nominations should include the name and school of the nominee, the reasons for the nomination preferably including examples and anecdotes, and the identity of the person submitting the nomination including his/her name, affiliation with the debate community (debater, coach or judge), and school affiliation. The nomination may be submitted to The Julia Burke Award Committee by either of the following methods:

Use the Online Nomination Form at the bottom of this page
Send an email to: TOC-nomination@JuliaBurkeFoundation.org

The finalists will be determined by the Julia Burke Award Committee, composed of nationally active past and present high school policy debate coaches and a representative of The Julia Burke Foundation, as follows:
Ms. Lexy Green, Director of Forensics, The College Preparatory School, Oakland, California
Mr. Ryan Mills, Past Director of Forensics, The College Preparatory School, Oakland, California
Ms. Maggie Berthiaume, Director of Debate, Woodward Academy, Atlanta, Georgia
Ms. Shuntá Jordan, Director of Debate , Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. Eric Emerson, Director of Debate, Kinkaid High School, Houston, Texas
Mr. Eric Oddo, Director of Communications, Niles West High School, Skokie, Illinois
Mr. Eric Zampol, Board of Directors of The Julia Burke Foundation, Woodward Academy '98, Dartmouth College '02, Sarasota, Florida

Policy debaters attending the Tournament of Champions, and their coaches (one coach per school), will determine the award recipient by majority vote. Ballots will be distributed at TOC registration.

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Submit Your Nomination Here:

**We suggest you save a copy of this nomination before pressing "submit" below. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, please resubmit your nomination directly to: TOC-nomination@JuliaBurkeFoundation.org