The Summit family is the whole reason for our success and why we have been a favorite choice since 1995. Whether you are coming for Extemp, OratoryInterp, or Debate, we have a staff that is experienced in high school speech and debate. Our senior staff members typically have at least a decade of experience. We also use recent graduates to keep us fresh with new ideas and approaches. Below is the staff that will be working this summer.

Meredith Deaton


Meredith Deaton is the head debate and extemporaneous speaking coach at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She is the coach of three of the last four national champions in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, a national record. In addition, she was named Coach of the Year by the Northwest University Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions in 2014, where Booker T. Washington came in second place.  Since 2009, she has coached twenty-six national qualifiers in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, and US and International Extemp.  Meredith has been competing since high school, when she was an Oklahoma State Lincoln-Douglas Debate Champion, a two-time national qualifier in International Extemp, and placed 11th in the 1998 National Student Congress. She graduated from New York University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Political Science and has traveled to over thirty countries, including a 2015  Fund for Teachers Fellowship to study genocide memorial and recovery in Germany and Rwanda.

The 2017 EXL Staff is currently being updated. Check back for updates.