KSCA Executive Board

Mike Harris, KSCA First Past President

Mike Harris is the Director of Debate and Forensics at Wichita East High School and previously had been the Director of Debate and Forensics for three years at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, where he previously served as the Assistant Director of Debate and Forensics for five years.  In addition to being your KSCA Second Vice President he is also a District Committee Member for the Sunflower NSDA District and he is also a member of the Kansas Debate Classic Committee.

Mike is a 1999 graduate of Wichita Southeast High School and holds degrees in Criminal Justice, Political Science and History from Wichita State University.

Mike is also a member of the NSDA, NCFL and NDCA

 

Mike has coached state champions in policy debate, Lincoln Douglas, Duo Interpretation, 3rd place speaker at NSDA championships, elimination rounds at major national circuit tournaments and championships in policy and Lincoln Douglas.

 

He is also currently working with the Costa Rican government to develop a debate curriculum for the public and private schools.

 

In addition to all of his career pursuits, Mike describes himself as a political junkie, husband, and a new dad to a wonderful baby boy.

Larissa Marinell, KSCA President

Larissa Maranell is the Assistant Director of Debate and Forensics at Lansing High School and previously had been the Director of Debate and Forensics for three years at Buhler High School. 

Larissa is a 2006 graduate of Eudora High School and holds a degree in Biology from the University of Kansas. (weird right?)

Larissa is also a member of the NSDA, NCFL, and NSTA.


Larissa has coached finalists in Oration, Informative Speaking, Duet Acting, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Improvisational Duet Acting and Impromptu Speaking, as well as champions in Policy Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking.


Whether at debate or forensics events or not, Larissa's daughter Lilly is often in tow, entertaining the Lansing team and fellow coaches.

Jeff Plinsky, KSCA First Vice President

Jeff Plinsky is in his 24th year of teaching and coaching, and is currently the head Debate and Forensics coach at Lawrence High School. He previously taught at Lyndon High School, Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka, and West Middle School in Lawrence. Jeff is the second Vice-president of the Kansas Speech Communication Association. This is his second year presenting at the conference. He is also the Vice-president of the Lawrence Education Association, is in his eleventh year as a negotiator for teacher contracts.  Jeff is married to Sarah Plinsky, the County Manager for Douglas County, KS, and they have 2 children. Their daughter, Rowan, is currently enrolled at Johnson County Community College, and will be pursuing a degree in Education at the University of Kansas in the spring of 2020. Their son, Reid, is a senior at Lawrence Free State High School, and plans to attend the University of Kansas, studying Environmental Science, in the fall of 2020.

Tim Ellis KSCA Second-Vice President
Aaron Schopper KSCA Secretary
David Williams, KSCA Membership Chair
Matt Baer, KSCA Historian
Dustin Rimmey, KSCA Webmaster

Dustin Rimmey is the current Director of Speech and Debate at Topeka High School, where he has been teaching since 2008.  In addition to his speech responsibilities, he is also the: Social Studies Department Chair, International Studies Program Chair, Model UN Sponsor, Senior Class Sponsor and the director of the enrollment fair.  In 2014 he was named a James Madison fellow.  Rimmey is also a Two-Diamond Coach in the NSDA, the Flint-Hills NSDA District Chair, the 2016 NSDA Outstanding District Chair-Communications, and has received an NSDA Distinguished Service Citation. He is also a Past President of KSCA.

Rimmey has helped coach a state champion in Policy Debate (2010) and two individual events state champions.  He has also coached several students to qualify for both the NSDA and NCFL National Tournament.

In addition to his KSCA and NSDA service, Rimmey has also been an active member of the NFHS Topic Selection process where he has proposed papers on: Southeast Asia, Export Controls, Engaging the Middle East, and Civil Liberties. After his three years as a member on the NFHS Wording Committee (2014-2016), he returned to writing papers.  He is the author of the 2019-20 Arms Sales topic paper.

Rimmey is a 2007 Graduate of Emporia State University where he received his BS Ed. in Education with an emphasis in Speech/Theater and Social Sciences.  He is currently working on his MS in Political Science at Kansas State University.

When he is not tied up with anything academic he loves spending time with his wife Emily, son Tobias, daughter Ainsley and the newest addition to the Rimmey clan his second son Charlie.  If you can't find him at a tournament, you can probably find him in the Cauldron at a Sporting Kansas City Game.