Executive Director | Founder
Paras founded DebateDrills to give students the type of academic debate coaching he wished he had access too as a competitor in high school. Academically, Paras was formally educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelors of Science in 2016 and was a PhD Student studying Climate Change Communication. In December 2018, Paras stepped away from UC Berkeley graduate school to focus on building DebateDrills full-time.
In less than 10 years post-high school, Paras has established himself as one of the most sought after and successful coaches in the history of academic debate. Since 2011, he has extensively taught argumentation and logic in a 1:1 setting to over 300 students of all ages and backgrounds, both in the US and abroad. By the age of 25, he became the only coach in the history of Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate to have students reach finals of the Tournament of Champions (TOC) in three consecutive years (2017-2019). Most notably, he coached the first ever TOC Champion from Arizona in 2017, the most successful 10th grade debater in the history of LD debate to a 2nd place finish at the 2018 TOC, and the first ever TOC Champion from Mississippi in 2019.
As a competitor, Paras was largely self-taught and didn't have a formal coach. He was widely considered one of the top 20 debaters in the United States his senior year of high school. He received 5 bids to the TOC, championed a semi-finals bid tournament, received 1st speaker and finished 2nd at the Stanford Invitational, and finished 9th at the 2011 Tournament of Champions (TOC).
"I think Paras understands debate at a deeper level than anyone else on the debate circuit. He is a subject matter expert at theory, util, and debate strategy...Paras also made sure to push me on the other aspects of debate that I often forgot. He made sure I was persuasive, coherent, strategic and word efficient."