Bora has been involved with the Orange County Debate League since 2013, when he was debating in the league. In 7th grade, he volunteered at the tournaments by taking pictures. At the end of eighth grade, he joined the administrative team to implement Tabroom and redesign the website. In 2016, he became Vice President with aspirations to improve the tournament workflow. In Fall 2017, Bora was elected President. He hopes to promote academic and personal growth in local youth through the sport of debate by supporting the growth and development of the league.
Mark is originally from England. He moved to the United States in the late 70’s and eventually graduated from UCLA with a degree in biology. For nearly 20 years, Mr. Hobbs taught science (biology, geology, chemistry, and physics) at the middle and high school level. In addition to his work with the OCDL, he is also very active with the OC Science and Engineering Fair. Mark joined the OCDL Board of Directors in 2016 with hopes to bring his pedagogical knowledge in the areas of critical thinking to serve the students of the league.
Ben founded the Orange County Debate League in 2009 to create opportunities for every student in Orange County to enrich themselves in argumentation, speaking, and critical thinking. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. In his free time he enjoys participating in outdoor activities and watching movies.
Secretary & Director of Tabulations
Halah, after debating in the Orange County Debate League in middle school, came back to serve as the Tabulations Admin in 2015.
Director of Public Relations
Nicole has been involved with the OCDL since 2015. She has a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies and German, and enjoys languages, painting, and hiking. She has taught debate for two years, and is always finding new ways to apply debate concepts to situations in her life. Her favorite debate topic to date is "There should be no space exploration without proving that it will not harm extraterrestrial microbial life."
Director of Judging
David has been with the league since its inception in 2009. As Head Judge, David is primarily responsible for the training and certifying of our judges and is the author of our Judge Guide. David first became involved as a volunteer parent judge when his step-daughter, a two-time golden gavel winner, was a student of Mr. Benjamin Hughes. David is a licensed California Realtor, but has also spent 25+ years as a corporate sales leader in the IT industry . David believes that success in business relies heavily on one's ability to negotiate and communicate effectively; a critical skill that can be learned through the “Art of Debate”.
Madison has been a part of the OCDL since 2013, first as an enthusiastic debater, then a certified judge, and now as a tabulations administrator. Madison loves watching middle school students have the unique opportunity to channel their speech and debate abilities and grow with the league.
Having launched her OCDL career in the 6th grade, Channing has been an active member of the league for the last few years as first a debater, then a judge, and now as leader of the judging committee. Currently in high school, Channing has taught debate at various locations and coaches her own team of middle school debaters. She hopes to give back to the debate community, which she confidently believes comprises future leaders and world-changers.