Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2018!  We still can still generally accommodate last-minute enrollments in our high school sessions--if you're planning to attend, we strongly suggest that you sign up soon!

View our 2018 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

2-Week Parliamentary Program

Our two week Parliamentary program will provide students with the opportunity to participate in more practice debates and attend more lectures with our faculty on theoretical and practical issues that are critical to success in Parliamentary debate.

Please view our one week Parliamentary program for more details of what a student will experience during the SNFI Parliamentary program.

Parliamentary debate offers high school students a unique opportunity to master a broad range of valuable skills – critical thinking, persuasive public speaking & knowledge of world affairs – that will help them succeed in the classroom & in the “real world” of business, government and community.

The fact that mastering these skills also translates into a high level of competitive success at the high school level is what makes parliamentary debate so rewarding to coach.

My goal in structuring this year’s SNFI Parliamentary Debate program is to make sure every student walks away with a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of persuasion, a variety of useful frameworks for debating questions of policy/value/fact, a toolbox full of proven tactics for first & second speakers, and a big-picture context for evaluating world affairs.

Since the norms of parliamentary debate vary from judge-to-judge & region-to-region, our goal is to broaden the tools & strategies that our students can use to succeed in any situation.  Rather than teach a one-size-fits-all method to parliamentary debate, the broad skills of our instructors and a newly expanded lecture/practice format is designed to give you the opportunity to drill down in areas of interest while maximizing your exposure to new perspectives and winning ideas.


2018 2-Week Parliamentary Program Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rich Boltizar (Director of Debate, Stanford University)

Rich Boltizar, Director of Debate, Stanford University

Rich Boltizar is the Director of Debate at Stanford University.  Rich is a graduate of Stanford University, twice served as President of the Stanford Debate Society and served on the board of the American Parliamentary Debate Association.  Rich previously served as Executive Vice President and CTO of a major academic summer camp company.

Rich has coached Stanford teams to the North American Debating Championship title, an appearance in the final round of the World Universities Debating Championships, five collegiate national championship final round appearances, three collegiate continental championship final round appearances, multiple appearances in elimination rounds at the World Universities Debating Championships, numerous tournament championships and top speaker awards, and regular appearances in elimination rounds at tournaments across the nation.  While debating at Stanford, Rich competed in both APDA (American Parliamentary format) and British Parliamentary Debate, reaching elimination rounds at the World Universities Debating Championships and numerous tournaments on the APDA circuit.  Rich debated for Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, clearing at many of the top Policy Debate tournaments in the country and competing at the Tournament of Champions.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Andrew Bempah (Congress & Parli Instructor)

Andrew Bempah, Congress & Parli Instructor

Andrew is a rising senior at Stanford currently majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Starting as a freshman competing for SDS, Andrew has broken at multiple APDA tournaments and was awarded the nation's top novice speaker at the US Universities British Parliamentary National Championships.  Andrew attended Evanston Township High School in Chicago where he competed in Congressional debate under the guidance of Jeff Hannan and former national champion Noah Whinston.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Malik Jarvis (Parliamentary Instructor)

Malik Jarvis, Parliamentary Instructor

Malik is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied Public Policy and competed on Brown's Parliamentary Debate team for four years.  During his Senior Year, Malik was the second-ranked Speaker of the Year ("SOTY") on the APDA circuit and served as the President of the Brown Debating Union during the third consecutive year of Brown being the 2nd ranked College of the Year ("COTY").  In the fall Malik will be working full-time in New York in addition to coaching the Brown Debating Union.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - David Wang (Parliamentary Instructor)

David Wang, Parliamentary Instructor

David Wang is a recent graduate from George Washington University, where he studied Economics and Philosophy. He debated for four years in high school, finishing his senior year ranked second in California for Parliamentary Debate. At the college level, he competed in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, where, from his sophomore to senior year, he finished as the 6th, 5th, and 2nd team in the country, and the 9th and 7th best speaker. This fall, he plans to attend NYU Law and study public interest law. Now that he's done debating, David spends most of his time getting into Facebook arguments and eating Thai food.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Samantha Wood (Parliamentary Instructor)

Samantha Wood, Parliamentary Instructor

Samantha is a rising junior at Yale University majoring in Religious Studies. She has been debating in and judging both British and American Parliamentary tournaments for two years. She also served at tournament director for the Osterweis Invitational, a charity tournament for high schoolers in the New Haven area. As Social Chair of the Yale Debate Association, one of her goals is to make debate a great activity for everyone.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jack Kelly (Parliamentary Instructor)

Jack Kelly, Parliamentary Instructor

Jack is a rising sophomore at Yale University, where he competes in both American annd British Parliamentary Debate for the Yale Debate Association. Jack also serves as the Assistant Tournament Director in charge of concessions for the Yale Invitational, a high-school tournament hosted annually in September for over 1,000 competitors.  Before college, Jack competed in Public Forum Debate in Massachusetts, where he was also involved in coaching novice debaters on his team.  Having just finished his own novice year of college debate --  a time full of learning from amazing coaches, elder debaters on my team, and from competing nearly every weekend -- Jack is thrilled to share what he's learned about parliamentary debate with others! 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Miriam Pierson (Parliamentary Instructor)

Miriam Pierson, Parliamentary Instructor

Miriam is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, where she studied political science and economics. At Swarthmore, she served as President of the Peaslee Debate Society and competed in both American Parliamentary (APDA) and British Parliamentary Debate. Miriam won the APDA Nation Championship tournament her junior year, and during her senior year Miriam was the top ranked individual APDA debater in the country ("Speaker of the Year") and part of the top ranked team in the country ("Team of the Year"). Miriam is currently conducting research on the LGBT rights movement, and will also coach the Yale Debate Association in the fall. 


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.


2017 2-Week Parliamentary Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Andrew Bempah (Congress & Parli Instructor)

Andrew Bempah, Congress & Parli Instructor

Andrew is a rising senior at Stanford currently majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Starting as a freshman competing for SDS, Andrew has broken at multiple APDA tournaments and was awarded the nation's top novice speaker at the US Universities British Parliamentary National Championships.  Andrew attended Evanston Township High School in Chicago where he competed in Congressional debate under the guidance of Jeff Hannan and former national champion Noah Whinston.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Claire Ernst (Parliamentary Instructor)

Claire Ernst, Parliamentary Instructor

I graduated from Winsor High School's engineering program in 2016, having competed for the Windsor Debate Team for three years. I saw a decent amount of competitive success in Parliamentary debate, not so much in Public Forum or Extemporaneous speaking. After high school, I took up coaching Parli at Windsor, which I will continue to make the time to do because I absolutely love teaching and helping students become confident speakers. My greatest passions in debate are colorful intros and foreign policy/military intervention.

I'm an Economics major at my local junior college with a flair for American history and statistics. Alongside my dream of becoming a teacher, I hope I am able to pursue coaching debate for the forseeable future. Presently, I work for the Sonoma County Water Agency, which allows me to get up-close and personal with our local waterways while also giving me a healthy wariness of government. I also get paid to head the California branch of a political organization I am affiliated with, and the frequent trips to D.C. the job affords make my history buff self very hapy.

In my free time, you can find me at a local car show or in my garage, tinkering with my '69 El Camino. ~


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Krikor Kouyoumdjian (Parli Instructor)

Krikor Kouyoumdjian, Parli Instructor

Krikor Kouyoumdjian has been involved in debate for 12 years as both a competitor and a coach. In shigh school he compeded in Congress and Parli at the state champion level as well as winning the Duke Moot Court competition undefeated. Krikor attended Loyola Marymount University and competed in British Parliamentary debate as well as APDA. He attended 5 different national championships, making it to elimination rounds in each one. He has won multiple tournaments at the national and international level, most notably the 2013 Oxford IV and the 2014 North American Championships. 

Krikor has experience coaching and teaching students at every grade level from elementary to high school and has worked as a debate coach at 5 schools in the Los Angeles area. Most recently his 5th and 6th graders from the Center for Early Education won the National Championship title for their age range in the MSPDP.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Tori Sheber (Parliamentary Instructor)

Tori Sheber, Parliamentary Instructor

I have been competing in forensics for over six years. I competed for four years in high school and two years in college. Though my primary focus has always been parliamentary debate, I have won awards in Lincoln-Douglas, extemporaneous, and impromptu. I was ranked the #1 Community College parliamentary debater in May 2016. I coached debate at my former high school and will continue coaching debate in Los Angeles this year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Bryan St. Amant (Division Director, Parliamentary)

Bryan St. Amant, Division Director, Parliamentary

Bryan St. Amant co-founded Windsor High School’s parliamentary debate program in 2007.  Under his leadership, Windsor has won or reached the final round of parliamentary debate at UOP, James Logan, Claremont, Bishop O’Dowd, Santa Clara Spring, the Windsor Invitational and the California State Championship.  Five Windsor parliamentary debaters have finished in the top-10 in of the NSDA's national ranking, including the 1st & 2nd ranked parli debaters in the nation.  Bryan's unique perspective on persuasion and argumentation draws from his distinguished career as a marketing executive/CEO in addition to his experience as a national-circuit policy debater -- winning the California State Championship for Damien High School and serving as captain of the UC Berkeley debate team.  Bryan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MS in Management from MIT, and is Founder & CEO of VinterActive LLC.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Megan Wilson (Parliamentary Instructor)

Megan Wilson, Parliamentary Instructor

Megan debated at Yale University for 4 years. She had great success in both American and British Parliamentary styles. In the fall she will start work at Cornerstone Research in New York.

 




Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

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Jul 29th - Aug 11th 9th-12th Stanford University $2,595.00 – $3,250.00
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Aug 5th - Aug 18th 9th-12th Stanford University $2,595.00 – $3,250.00
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