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Director, Lily Nellans

Lily is the Director of the Bluegrass Debate Coalition. Lily competed in speech and debate for four years at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa and went on to compete in college at Western Kentucky University. In both high school and college Lily reached numerous final rounds in a number of speech and debate events, including at NSDA Nationals, the Tournament of Champions, AFA-NIET, and NFA. Beyond competition, Lily has completed research for the International Commission on Missing Persons, taught debate in rural Bosnia, led debate courses for incarcerated youth, and conducted fieldwork on education in Kosovo. She recently completed her masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics, where her dissertation was awarded the International Relations Research Martin Wight Dissertation Prize.