Frankie Cena has been coaching debate for nearly a decade and many of his students have gone on to prestigious educations at Ivy League universities and begun their paths to exciting careers.
Here is what they have to say about their time being coached by Frankie. 


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Andrew Yun

Harvard University

Debate and Speech Achievements
Harvard World Schools Debate Championship: Champion Team
Pan-America Schools Debate Championships: Champion Team
Captain of Canadian National Debating Team (2017-2018)
World Schools Debate Championships: 5th place Speaker
Canadian Senior Debate Nationals: Quarter-finalist Team

The great thing about Frankie’s coaching is that it can help you succeed no matter what level you are at in terms of debating. Every aspect of my debating, including listening, argument construction, refutation, and rhetoric have drastically improved thanks to Frankie.
— Andrew Yun

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Grace Hua

University of Pennsylvania,
Wharton School of Business

Debate and Speech Achievements
UBC Debate Tournament: 1st place Team
Heart of Europe Debate Championship: 1st place Team
International Competition for Young Debaters: 1st place Team
Prometheus Cup: Finalist Team
International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition: Finalist in Dramatic Interpretation

From class presentations, to club applications, to job interviews, debate is the one skill I am infinitely thankful to have. Had it not been for Frankie’s encouragement I would not be the eloquent, well-spoken person I am today.
— Grace Hua
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Behbod Negahban

Yale University

Debate and Speech Achievements
Member of Canadian National Debating Team (2013-2014) 
Pan-American Debating Championship: 1st Place Speaker
World School’s Debating Championship: Semifinalist Team Canadian Senior National Debating Championship: Semifinalist Team
EurOpen Debating Championships: 1st place Team

Frankie taught me how to make people care about what I had to say. Without that gift I would never have been able to speak around the world, work in Washington, DC, or study at Yale University.
— Behbod Negahban

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Anokh Singh Dhillon

University of British Columbia, School of Medicine

Debate and Speech Achievements

Heart of Europe Debate Championship: Octofinalist Team
EurOpen Debate Championships: 1st place Team
EurOpen Debate Championships: 6th place Speaker
BC Provincial Law Foundation Cup: 8th place Speaker
Attended Canadian National Debating Team Tryouts (2013)

Frankie is not only a committed coach and mentor, but also a friend. Whether it was guiding us to victory at international debate tournaments or writing reference letters for my medical school application, I could always rely on Frankie to be there as a source of support and inspiration.
— Anokh Singh Dhillon
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Josephine Krieger

Stanford University

Debate and Speech Achievements
Denmark National Debate Team (2015)

Thanks to Frankie Cena’s coaching, I have learned how to to think on my feet and communicate my ideas effectively to large audiences. More importantly, however, Frankie gave me the confidence to pursue my ambitions. His guidance has definitely enriched my experience in high school, and beyond.
— Josephine Krieger

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Anna Yang

Princeton University

Debate and Speech Achievements
Member of Canadian National Debating Team (2015-2017)
World Schools Debating Championship: Quarter-finalist Team
UBC Debate Tournament: 1st place Team (3 times)
Canadian Senior Debate Nationals: Quarter-finalist Team
Harthouse Intravarsity Tournament: Semifinalist Team
Heart of Europe Debate Championship: 1st place Team

I definitely could not have gone as far as I did without Frankie’s coaching and guidance. Not only did he write my references, he was a great help come April when it was time to make my decision between Penn, Stanford, and Princeton.
— Anna Yang
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Tatiana Kurschner

University of Cambridge,
Faculty of Law

Debate and Speech Achievements
Member of Canadian National Debating Team (2014-2016)
EurOpen Debating Championships: 1st place Speaker
Canadian Senior Debate Nationals: 1st place Team
Worlds Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships: 4th place Speaker
International Competition for Young Debaters: 1st place Team
Prometheus Cup: Finalist Team

As Frankie’s student, I had the opportunity to travel across the world and win tournaments that I never even imagined I would be able to attend – none of this would have been possible without his fantastic coaching and unending support.
— Tatiana Kurschner

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Ashley Phord-Toy

Stanford University

Debate and Speech Achievements
Member of Canadian National Debating Team (2017-2018)
Worlds Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships: 15th place Speaker
International Independent Schools Public Speaking Championships: 1st place Debater
Heart of Europe Debate Championship: Champion Team
Canadian Junior Speech Nations: 2nd place Speaker

Frankie and Dena, my primary two coaches, always gave me extremely useful feedback. In addition, coaching helped me succeed because I was always challenged. Frankie and Dena did an excellent job making sure I was constantly introduced to new motions and complex activities.
— Ashley Phord-Toy
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Amolak Singh Dhillon

University of British Columbia, School of Medicine

Debate and Speech Achievements
Heart of Europe Debate Championship: 1st place Team
Heart of Europe Debate Championship: 2nd place Speaker
Canadian Senior Debate Nationals: Quarter-finalist Team
UBC Debate Tournament: Finalist Team

Frankie transformed me from a public school student with no debate experience to a champion debater. Regardless of whether I am delivering a research presentation to hundreds of people or interviewing for a spot at medical school, I am relying on the skills that I developed through Frankie’s coaching.
— Amolak Singh Dhillon