Who is Jadon?
Jadon works as Head Coach and Project Manager for Ethos Debate.
He is a rising senior and the current debate team manager at Hillsdale College where he is pursuing degrees in Economics and Philosophy. Jadon is a decorated collegiate debater, placing in the top 16 at the National Forensic Association’s policy debate nationals his freshman year and going undefeated in prelims at the PKD national parliamentary tournament as a sophomore. He’s won Hillsdale over 40 trophies during his college career and was recently crowned parliamentary debate champion at the Gorlok Gala, one of the most competitive collegiate parliamentary tournaments in the NPDA.
As a Stoa alumnus, Jadon was co-captain of his high school debate club, where he successfully competed in team policy, individual policy, and parliamentary debate, along with a myriad of speech events. He also placed 3rd in the state for the Illinois American Legion Oratorical Contest as a high school senior.
Jadon has experience in almost every debate format at some level or another. As the manager of a competitive policy team, he frequently constructs strategies against opposing positions, drafts and presents lectures on debate theory, and assists his teammates with cutting and compiling evidence. Jadon worked as a head lecturer at several debate camps hosted by his former high school speech and debate club Chicago CHARGE, coaching several teams that made it to late outrounds at NITOC. His unique coaching style isn’t seen anywhere else, and he frequently returns home to judge high school tournaments.
When he’s not frantically cutting cards for his ever-expanding Aff block, Jadon can be found sipping strong coffee and playing guitar, or explaining economic theory to someone who probably doesn’t want to hear about it.
When asked about his coaching philosophy, Jadon replied:
“In terms of return on time investment, I believe that there is literally no other activity in existence that can provide more value than competitive academic debate. Forensics motivates students to learn and absorb information more than any class ever could, but only because students love it. Debate channels the inherent competitiveness in youth into something productive. If you kill the fun of debate, you drastically undermine its efficacy.
As such, I look at debate as a game, one that has very strong educational aspects to it, but also has a real fun side. My goal is to get students excited about the activity by revealing the complex and oft-overlooked ways in which arguments interact in order to create a coherent and persuasive picture of the world. There’s so much to competitive debate that’s just underneath the surface, and the only way to experience it is to jump in and learn.”
- Octo-finalist at the 2018 NFA-LD Policy Nationals (nationally ranked top 16 as a freshman
- Quarter-finalist at the 2018 WKU Policy Tournament.
- Parliamentary debate co-champion at the 2020 Gorlok Gala tournament at Webster University (arguably one of the biggest, most competitive NPDA tournaments ever)
- Parliamentary debate co-champion at Bowling Green University Tournament two years in a row (2017 and 2018).
- Received 2017 Best Newcomer Award from the Hillsdale College debate team and Most Accomplished Debater Award in 2018
- Team policy finalist at the 2017 IPTOC tournament, semi-finalist at several other tournaments in the year, debated at NITOC.
- Received dozens of first, second, and third place trophies in competitive speech events such as Apologetics, Extemp, and Original Oratory at tournaments in Illinois and in the Midwest.