Welcome! There are 8 Novice Mentors for Spring 2019.

Committee Chair
Cayleigh Soderholm is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign
Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies
and a minor in Arabic. She loves debate because of the community she’s found
there and the wide variety of topics she gets to learn about in the process of
writing and opping cases—she particularly likes legal philosophy and international
relations. She is passionate about making novices feel welcome on the league, no
matter their prior experience or ability level. Outside of school and debate, you
can find her making friends with every dog she meets or watching Netflix. You can
reach out to Cayleigh at

Digital Coordinator
Haseeb Waseem is a sophomore at the Villanova School of Business and currently
majoring in Finance & Business Analytics with a minor in Business Law. After transferring
into Villanova, he created the Villanova Debate Union to continue debating. He thinks that
the best part of debate relies in finding friends across a wide variety of schools across the
country, and loves entangling with new topics and material in every round. He’s a big fan
of writing fantasy and social justice cases, and constantly loves meeting new people on
the league. When he’s not doing debate, you can find him singing in his a cappella group
at Villanova (also the newest one on campus!), performing in his musical theater troupe,
and constantly cooking or baking for his friends. Feel free to reach out to Haseeb at!

Aditya Ram

Akshay Srinivasan

Amna Amin is in her second year at Princeton where she is currently planning on
majoring in Politics (but still a bit undecided!). This is her second year on APDA
and her first year on the Novice Mentor and Gender Empowerment committees.
She loves debate because of the community it creates and the opportunity it gives
to speak about a wide variety of topics. Amna joined the Novice Mentor
committee since she loves teaching people about different aspects and skills
related to debate.

Javaria Abbasi

Jessica Han is a junior at Rutgers University triple majoring in history, political
science, and philosophy. This is her first year on both the diversity initiative and
the novice mentor committee, and her second year on APDA overall. APDA has
been a wonderful educational experience for her, having opened exploration into
topics that wouldn’t have naturally occurred to her to explore in her own time as
well as having enabled the development of a sense of awareness of self and the
world at large at the same time. She sees the novice mentor committee as the
best way of giving back and looks forward to helping novices feel comfortable on
APDA whenever needed. Contact her at

Leah Block