Director of Debate, Linda Collier, has a 30 year career in coaching. Her resume includes 20 years at UMKC, where she led that program to four National Championships. Since her arrival at Barstow, high school policy debaters have earned multiple appearances at the Tournament of Champions and her middle school teams have won six consecutive City Championships. She has been recognized for coaching excellence by the Cross Examination Debate Association, the University of Utah, the University of Miami, Towson State University, William Jewell College, DEBATE-Kansas City and Heritage Hall High School.
Barstow Debate travels the national high school circuit of policy debate. Teams regularly compete at the Iowa Caucuses (Cedar Rapids), Heritage Hall Academy (Oklahoma City), St. Mark’s School of Texas’ The Heart of Texas and Sophomore Hoe Down (Dallas), New Trier and the Glenbrooks (Chicago),The Southern Bell Forum at Montgomery Bell Academy, (Nashville), the Tournament of Champions, University of Kentucky, and the California Invitational at the University of California (Berkeley).