Summer Camp

2022 Happy Learning Summer Camp
Provided by Olathe Campus Kansas State Debate

Happy Learning is proud to announce a partnership with Kansas State Debate to offer the best speech and debate opportunity in the KC Metro Area. Students will receive the best instruction, coaching, lectures, and learning opportunities for a range of academic courses. Every student will be guaranteed quality lectures, drills, practice, and a culminating showcase event. You will also be provided some of the best instructors, including access to college faculty from Kansas State University. We expect all courses to be IN PERSON. We reserve the right to modify this depending on health guidelines.

Special enrollment offer: Any students who register for this camp will also receive a $100 discount on tuition at the K-State Debate Camp held in person on the Kansas State Manhattan Campus July 31- August 8, 2022. More information about this camp coming soon, contact K-State Director of Debate Alex McVey for more information.

July 25-29 Middle School Course Offerings:

$160 per class or $320 for the entire day. These pre-registration rates expire on July 1st.
5th/6th grade:
-AM Debate
-PM Speech

7th/8th grade:
-AM Speech
-PM Debate

What about lunch? We will provide supervision between the breaks. Students are responsible to bring a meal. Refrigeration not guaranteed. Kansas State does provide a food court and safe area for students to eat.

July 25-29 High School Policy Debate Camp:

1 week Debate – $320. We have a specific lab for incoming/new high school debaters and advanced debaters. Info provided below! Prices will increase on June 1st.

What about lunch? We will provide supervision between the breaks. Students are responsible to bring a meal. Refrigeration not guaranteed.

Registration + Costs:

Registration is 2 parts – completing the information survey and payment.
Part 1: Complete the 2022 Registration form. Part 2- Complete your payment. You must pay your sessions via PayPal –
*Once you complete the survey and payment, a follow up email will be sent to you confirming both are done.
**We make staffing decisions based on enrollment. Classes will be confirmed by June 15th.


Why Happy Learning Course Offerings?

  • Championship level coaching
  • Premier lectures and instruction
  • Best value

Where is the Camp?

Location is at the Olathe Kansas State campus, 22201 Innovation Drive, Olathe KS 66061. Mr. Zuckerman will reach out to the parents and students as we get closer with a confirmed registration and classroom location.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Jared Zuckerman is the camp director and can be reached at During the camp or via appointment, his cell is 913-709-6260.

What about the schedule?

Middle school –
AM courses go from 9:00AM-12:30
PM courses go from 1:30PM-5:00

High school –
9am-12:30pm – q&a with lecturer and drills
12:30pm-1:30pm – break
1:30pm-5pm – lab and mini debates

Staff Biographies

Camp Director:

Jared Zuckerman

Former Director at Blue Valley Southwest and current Assistant Coach at Glenbrook North, IL. His team was the first in KS history to win the NSDA national championship. They also won the 2017 and 2018 NCFL national championships, were the TOC finalists, and received the Ungar Cup as the nation’s top team. As a coach, he received the 2018 National Debate Coaches Association Coach of the Year and NSDA Ted Belch Coach of the Year. He won 11 state championships as a coach.


Carolyn Cook

Director at Shawnee Mission South. Her team was the 2017 State Runner Up and finished in the final four in 2015 and 2016. She has qualified 7 Policy Debate entries to nationals over the past three years and finished 8th in the country at 2017 NSDA Nationals, including the 5th Speaker. She was recognized as the 2015-16 DCI Coach of the Year.

Annie Goodson

In her second year as the head coach at Mill Valley High School. During her first year at Mill Valley she qualified teams to four-speak and two-speak state competitions and attended national qualifying tournaments all for the first time in school history. Her students finished in octofinals at state in 2018.

Alex McVey

He’s an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Debate at Kansas State University, where he coaches Policy Debate and British Parliamentary Debate. As an undergraduate at Baylor University, Alex was a four-time NDT qualifier, a CEDA octafinalist, and NDT double octafinalist. He has since coached multiple teams to the elimination rounds of CEDA and the NDT at Baylor University and George Mason University. He received his PhD in Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Media Studies. He has worked with numerous high school programs, including Midway High School, the Blake School and the Harker School. He has served as a lab leader at the Jayhawk Debate Institute and the Baylor Debate Institute. He has also taught debate summer courses and engaged in debate curriculum development for the Duke Talent Identification Program.