Ben is a sophomore at Stanford, originally from Liberty, Missouri. In high school, he competed in International Extemporaneous and Lincoln-Douglas debate with the Liberty High School speech and debate team. He qualified to nationals three times in IX, finishing in the top 30 his junior year. Ben continues to debate on the APDA and BP circuits at Stanford. He's likely to double major in Philosophy and Mathematical and Computational Science, and is interested in literature, politics, philosophy, math, and music. He also plays in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and coaches debate at Palo Alto High School.