Who is Jala?

Jala Boyer has earned numerous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals and competed at the NCFCA National Championship in Apologetics, Impromptu, Open Interpretation, and Team Policy Debate (where she ranked 16th at the 2019 Championship). In 2020, Jala placed 1st in Digital Presentation at every national and regional tournament, including each individual round, that she competed in. 

Beyond Jala’s accomplishments in the NCFCA, she also relies on her wide array of additional experiences to provide perspective and insight that help tailor and specialize her coaching for each of her students. When coaching interps, Jala utilizes her extensive, on-stage experience in over twenty professional theatre productions. As a former intern on the Student Advisory Council of the NCFCA, she worked alongside the executive director, Kim Cromer, to learn the inner workings of competitive speech and debate and how to help students compete in a way that creates long-term and meaningful success. Jala introduced and tested new techniques as former Vice President of her speech and debate club to improve coaching and feedback that led to unparalleled success within her club. 

She also has experience coaching and leading students into success. For example, the year she led her debate club as Evidence Ringmaster was the first year that debaters in her club advanced to nationals in over four years. She also has had success as a private coach. Jala is proud of her students for ranking 2nd place in events like Humorous Interpretation and breaking for the first time at National tournaments by advancing all the way to finals. 

Jala is currently an Honors student at Liberty University studying communications with an emphasis in politics and policy. In her free time, she enjoys looking for her car keys, brewing kombucha, reading biographies and the Bible, and enjoying the quality community of her friends and family. 

Coaching Philosophy

There are a couple foundational principles that frame Jala’s approach to every student she coaches…

Most importantly, each session Jala has with her students revolves around the idea that speech and debate is not the end goal. More than just winning trophies, Jala wants her students to know how to find truth, present ideas, communicate thoughts, and analyze other’s opinions. Her goal is to prepare students for success in competition by preparing them for success in the real world. 

In regards to speeches, Jala particularly enjoys helping students practice the articulation of their ideas so that they can become independent in their ability to verbally process their thoughts into speeches. For interpretive speeches, Jala seeks to help students learn how to harness their own creative skills and their unique interpretations of their scripts instead of simply telling them what to do. Especially for students interested in platforms, Jala places a strong emphasis on developing one’s own speaking style. Her goal is for her students to learn how to use their unique personality to communicate in a way no one else can.  

Jala’s debate coaching continues to emphasize speaking style while also including her favorite parts of debate. For example, she strives to meet each student at their personal skill levels to help them master the fundamentals of effective research and she also enjoys instructing students on how to organize themselves, from their arguments to their notes 

More than just telling the student how to achieve success, Jala holds to the idea that the best instructors are those who intentionally walk alongside their students to help them process, learn, and improve from their mistakes and experience.

 

Accomplishments

Team Policy Debate: 

– 16th Place Team Policy Debate: National Championship

– 14th Place Team Policy Debate: Regional Championship

– 2nd Place Team Policy Debate: Regional Qualifier 

– 8th Place Team Policy Debate: Regional Qualifier 

– 8th Place Team Policy Debate: Regional Qualifier 

– Quarter-Finalist Team Policy Debate: Regional Qualifier

 

Speech: 

– 1st Place Digital Presentation: National Mixer 

*Pre-qualified to the National Championship which was cancelled because of COVID-19.

– 1st Place Digital Presentation: Regional Qualifier 

– 2nd Place Apologetics: Regional Qualifier 

– 3rd Place Apologetics: National Mixer 

– 3rd Place Open Interpretation: Regional Qualifier 

– 6th Place Speech Sweepstakes: National Mixer 

– 26th Place Open Interpretation: National Championship

– Semi-Finalist: Liberty University’s Unashamed Project

– Quarter-Finalist Open Interpretation: National Championship