Stanford Invitational Tournament

Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2018 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2018 open by December 1st.

1-Week Middle School Debate

The Stanford National Forensic Institute is again offering a program for middle school debaters. This camp will focus both on the style of debate at middle schools in the Bay Area, and the transition to high school debate events. This camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of debating.  We will focus more on individual workshops than on broad topic lectures and skills seminars, and will debate practice topics that are more accessible to the typical middle school student in order to increase the educational value of the program.  Students will compete in debates in the parliamentary format in the latter stages of the camp.

Note: we do not accept international students for any of our middle school sessions.


2018 1-Week Middle School Debate Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2018 staff

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 1-Week Middle School Debate Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alisha Eastep (Public Speaking Instructor)

Alisha Eastep, Public Speaking Instructor

Alisha Eastep is an educator and performer with two decades of public speaking experience in a variety of forums, from the classroom to the podium to the stage. Alisha has been captivated by performance since her first exposure at the age of seven, and knows first-hand the importance of strong adult mentors and educators.

Alisha has competed on the national level both individually and in groups, earning accolades in the speech and debate community, in “The Citizen and the Constitution” Competition, and has had numerous roles in community theater and on the stage. In policy debate, she is a national champion, winning Junior Western Nationals in 2004 and placing second in community college national in 2005. She is a published writer and researcher with 16 years of experience, and has earned faculty recognition for her honors research project on a theater community at UC Berkeley in 2011, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Anthropology.

As an educator, Alisha has been nurturing the minds of children of all ages and developmental abilities for a decade, and listens to each of her pupils to get a sense of their individual needs. As opportunities to educate occur inside and outside of the classroom, Alisha has gained valuable knowledge teaching educational curriculum, empowering social and living skills, and workplace training. During the year, Alisha teaches debate at Head-Royce School, where the team earned 9th place in the Tournament of Champions, and does research in East Asian Archaeology and on Foodways in the Pacific Rim. She is ready to put these skills to work creating engaged and thought-provoking activities that foster growth and improve young minds at SNFI.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Karina Momary (Division Director, Middle School Debate)

Karina Momary, Division Director, Middle School Debate

Karina was the Director of Middle School Forensics at The Harker School in San Jose, California for six years.  Under Karina's leadership the team was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Overall School of Excellence  for five consecutive years. In addition, her students were  the 2011 Lincoln Douglas National Champions, 2012 Congressional Debate National Champions, 2013 Public Forum National Champions, 2013 Congressional Debate National Champions, 2014 Policy Debate National Champions, 2014 Original Oratory National Champion and won multiple state championships in both speech and debate. Karina is a Diamond Coach with the National Speech & Debate Association and her team was recognized by President Obama in 2015. She helped found the California Middle School Speech and Debate State Tournament and helped increase the number of Bay Area tournaments offered to middle school students. She currently works for Stanford Online High School as the Director of Student Life and Community and sponsors their debate club. Her BA is in Political Science and Public Relations, MA in Communication and she starts her Doctorate of Education in the Fall.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jess Jung (Middle School Instructor)

Jess Jung, Middle School Instructor

Jae Jung is currently studying Economics with a concentration in urban economics at UC Berkeley.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Mike Kyle (Middle School Instructor)

Mike Kyle, Middle School Instructor

Mike began his career in the Printing and Marketing industry where he immediately became a noted and featured speaker.  Mike retired from business after owning and operating an independent film studio in Hollywood. Highly-sought after as a speaker, Mike regularly spoke at industry events around the country. Mike continues to consult, speak and present seminars and classes for his industry peers and clients. For the past two years, Mike has been awarded the Alumni Select award for Business Innovation from Arizona State University. Mike currently coaches speech and debate at Nova 42. Mike both teaches competitive debate and speaking, as well as leadership and busines strategy. He shows the students how such rigorous training can pay off in real life situations, as well as accelerate and enhance their career paths and personal relationships.  His students should come prepared to learn, participate, research and engage. Mike and his wife, Jung will be starting a full High School in Pasadena in the Fall as well as opening a Santa Monica branch of their after-school program.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jurrien Le (Middle School Instructor)

Jurrien Le, Middle School Instructor

Jurrien is an environmental science major, and competes in debate and Model UN in college. In high school, he competed in Congress, Parlimentary Debate, and Extemp for Leland High School, breaking to out rounds at several tournaments at the local and national circuit level. He also put his debate skills to use as a member of the mock trial team, and in volunteer work with multiple congressional campaigns during high school. Despite having graduated from high school, Jurrien still keeps in touch with the high school debate community as a judge and part-time coach. Outside of debate, Jurrien can be found trying to improve his rock climbing skills, or nose-deep in a good story. He looks forward to the opportunity to help foster the enjoyment of debate and growth of debate skills in future debaters!
 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Miranda Le (Public Forum Instructor)

Miranda Le, Public Forum Instructor

Miranda Le attended SNFI in 2012. Additionally, she has been an instructor for the past 3 workshops as well as an instructor at the Harvard Debate Council's Summer Workshop in 2016. During her high school debate career, she was invited to and attended multiple round robins including the California Round Robin, the Holy Cross Round Robin, and the Millard North Round Robin. Miranda was the first female to win a championship for her high school. She has been coaching Middle School and High School Public Forum debate since her senior year. Her debaters have accrued numerous top speaker awards at state and national level tournaments, and her debaters have advanced to late elimination rounds and final rounds, winning prestigious tournaments such as the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016, etc. Miranda has coached at Mission San Jose High School and the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. She will be the Public Forum Debate Coach at Presentation High School in the upcoming school year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Michael Murray (Middle School Instructor)

Michael Murray, Middle School Instructor

Michael Murray is an educator and coach with over 12 years of speech and debate experience. Michael spent 9 years as a high school and college competitor and is going into his 5th year of coaching.  Michael competed for De La Salle High School (Concord Ca), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Ca) and California State University of Long Beach (Long Beach, Ca). He graduated CSU Long Beach in 2014 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in Global Studies. Michael primarily competed in parliamentary debate, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking, but has competed in almost all other speech and debate events.  Michael has held a variety of coaching positions at different schools and forensics academies. Michael was Assistant Director and later the Director for Forensics at Oxford Academy High School (Cypress Ca), Director of Forensics at Cypress High School (Cypress, Ca) and Director of Debate at Honor Academy (Cerritos, Ca). Michael currently works for Nova 42 Academy as the head Lincoln Douglas debate coach.  Michael has coached many students who qualified to multiple prestigious tournaments including the NSDA Championship, The Tournament of Champions, and the Californian High School State Championship.  Some of the students Michael has coached won prestigious awards at these tournaments including, California Championship Top 15 in National Extemporaneous Speaking ( 2014), NSDA Congressional Debate Champion and 4th place finisher ( 2015,2016), Tournament of Champions Semifinalist in Congressional Debate (2016) , NSDA Middle School Extemporaneous Debate Champion (2017).


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.

 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alex Ye (Middle School Instructor)

Alex Ye, Middle School Instructor

Alex Ye is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying astrophysics and mathematics. His interests are primarily academic and research-oriented, though he is passionate about education and is considering teaching alongside research in the future. Although Alex has always been intrigued by the cosmos, the sciences have not always been his focus; he entered university intending to study international relations and economics, inspired by his experiences in high school speech and debate. Having attended both state and national tournaments, Alex looks forward to combining his teaching aspirations with his experience in speech and debate to foster a group of individuals that are empowered by and confident in using their voices.




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