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Communication & Journalism Department|Wyoming Forensics Institute staff

WFI staff 

cramTravis Cram: University of Wyoming, Camp director.

Travis Cram is the Director of Forensics at the University of Wyoming. Travis debated for Cheyenne East where he won 3 consecutive Wyoming State championships and a 10th place finish at NFL Nationals. In college, Travis debated for Macalester College and the University of Wyoming. His list of accomplishments includes speaker awards and elimination round appearances at Kentucky, Wake Forest, Northwestern, UT Austin and USC, CEDA Nationals and the National Debate Tournament. After assisting the University of Kansas for their 2009 National Championship, Travis assumed head coaching responsibilities at UW.

 bauschMike Bausch: University of Wyoming, Co-Director.

Mike Bausch is in his second year as the assistant debate coach for the University of Wyoming. Mike debated for Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. In college, Mike was a four-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament and had one of the most dominating Senior years in Wyoming Debate history. His significant accomplishments include winning the 2010 Weber Round Robin, three consecutive final four appearances at the Las Vegas Classic, the sweet 16 of Wake Forest, appearing in the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament, and speaker awards at nearly every tournament he has appeared at.

 willWill Mosley Jensen: University of Georgia, Curriculum director.

Will Mosley Jensen is an assistant debate coach at the University of Georgia. Will also debated for Cheyenne East, qualifying for the TOC and achieving a 7th place finish at NFL Nationals his senior year. Will was a four-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament for the University of Wyoming. His list of competitive achievements includes winning the 2007 Weber Round Robin and elimination round appearances and speaking awards at Georgia State, Kentucky, Harvard, Northwestern, UT Austin, USC, CEDA Nationals and the National Debate Tournament. Will has coached at the University of Georgia for the last five years where the squad has secured multiple first round bids to the NDT and had deep elimination appearances at nearly every national tournament.

 vanluvaneeLindsay Vanluvanee: Idaho State University, Lab Leader.

Lindsay Vanluvanee was a debater for Idaho State University, where she is currently serving as an assistant coach after graduating.  She was a qualifier to the National Debate Tournament and had multiple elimination round appearances at major tournaments, including Gonzaga, UNLV and CEDA Nationals.  Lindsay is joining the staff for the second consecutive year as the director of our Lincoln-Douglas session.

 samSam Allen: University of Wyoming, Lab leader.

Sam Allen is finishing up his first year at the University of Wyoming as an assistant coach.  He was a very successful high school debater from Idaho and qualified to the Tournament of Champions his final year.  Sam had a stellar college career, debating for both Whitman College and the University of Wyoming where he was in the elimination rounds of nearly every major tournament, including the Sweet 16 of CEDA Nationals.  Before returning to Wyoming to coach, Sam was a very successful assistant at Gonzaga University, helping to lead that squad to the final 4 of the National Debate Tournament.

 jamieJamie Cheek: Weber State University, Lab Leader

Jamie Cheek originally hails from Newcastle, Wyoming and was present for the very first WFI.  In college, she debated for the University of Wyoming.  Her notable accomplishments include being a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament, winning the Weber Round Robin, reaching the quarterfinals of the UTD invitational and ultimately reaching the sweet 16 of the CEDA national championship her senior year.  Since graduating, Jamie has worked as an assistant coach for Weber State University, helping that squad make appearances in the elimination rounds of some of the country’s most difficult tournaments. 

 haynalKaitlyn Haynal: University of Wyoming

Kaitlyn Haynal is beginning her second year as an assistant coach for the University of Wyoming.  Kaitlyn debated for James Madison University, helping that program rise as one of the country’s largest and routinely successful debate programs.  Before joining Wyoming, Kaitlyn also coached at JMU, helping that team reach the double-Octafinals of the CEDA National tournament and qualifying for the NDT.  Kaitlyn will be assisting the WFI for the first time.

 rishaRisha Bhattacharjee: University of Texas, Lab Leader

Risha Bhattacharjee debated at Coppell High School for four years, where she qualified for the TOC with 4 bids her junior year and was in the elimination rounds of every major tournament of the season. She is also a two-time qualifier to the NFL National tournament. Risha currently debates for the University of Texas at Austin, where she has cleared at several tournaments, including both portions of the Texas Swings, Cal-Berkeley, and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She has been an assistant coach for Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville Texas, helping a team become the first from their school to clear at a national tournament.

 jaredJared Fanning: University of Wyoming, Lab Leader

Jared Fanning is a senior debater at the University of Wyoming and debated for Cheyenne East High School where he reached the elimination rounds of the state tournament multiple times and advanced into the elimination rounds at NFL nationals his senior year.  As a debater at UW, Jared has made elimination round appearances at Idaho State, UNLV, the NJDDT, CEDA Nationals and qualified to the National Debate Tournament.

 maryMary Marcum: University of Wyoming, Lab Leader

Mary Marcum is a sophomore debater for the University of Wyoming and has an impressive string of accomplishments in her young career, including the semi-finals of the Gonzaga tournament and elimination round appearances at Cal-Berkeley, Idaho State, the Texas Swing tournaments, UCO, and the CEDA national tournament. 

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