Stanford Invitational Tournament

Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2019 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2019 open by approximately December 20th.

2-Week Core Public Forum Program

The Core Program for Public Forum is designed for students from intermediate through advanced level. Students will be grouped by experience and competitive success within teaching groups so that each lab can progress as a unit as rapidly as possible.

Given the focus of this program on skill building, this program offers students with little to no experienced coaching at their schools the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to actually coach themselves.

This program features:

The camp is held in an intimate setting that allows plenty of question and answer sessions and one-on-one interaction with instructors, not just rote learning. Students are allowed to develop in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with excellent supervision. Students will emerge from the program as more confident public speakers and as experts on the rules, style, and strategies of public forum debate, ready to compete in the fall.


2019 2-Week Core Public Forum Program Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2019 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.


2018 2-Week Core Public Forum Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Gia Karpouzis (Public Forum Instructor)

Gia Karpouzis, Public Forum Instructor

Gia has been a part of the NSDA community since her freshman year of high school, accruing over 100 titles at the local, state, and national level in both speech and debate. In college Gia competed in WUDC debate, where as a freshman she semi-finaled at Nationals. In 2015 she was ranked 15th at the Worlds Universities Debating Championships in Malaysia, where she competed with fellow SNFI coach Jake Riggs. Gia was the first female in her University's 100-year debate history to be named Debater of the Year. She currently teaches debate at the Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, and coaches debate at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge. This will be Gia's fifth year as a Public Forum instructor at SNFI.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Cayman Giordano (Division Director, Public Forum)

Cayman Giordano, Division Director, Public Forum

Cayman Giordano has been involved in competitive debate since the late 1990s; he has competed or coached successfully on a national level in Public Forum, Parliamentary, Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Worlds Schools, and Extemporaneous Speaking.  He has coached more than a dozen national champions across four debate events (the plurality in public forum).  He has worked with teams from Hatboro-Horsham high school in PA (NSDA), UMBC and UMCP in MD (APDA), Learning Leaders (WSDC) and is currently coaching for and traveling with several public middle and high schools throughout Howard County, MD (NCFL/NJFL).Cayman has previously taught at Capitol Debate workshops around Washington DC, the Capitol Classic summer institute at Loyola, and was an instructor at the James Logan Debate Academy. 2018 will be his ninth year teaching at SNFI and his third year as division director.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Hanh Do (Public Forum Instructor)

Hanh Do, Public Forum Instructor

Hanh Do has been involved in competitive debate for the past 23 years on the collegiate and the high school level as a coach, consultant, and adjudicator.  Her students have cleared and placed at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Isidore Newman, Harvard-Westlake, The Glenbrooks, Holy Cross, Grapevine, Hockaday, and the UT Longhorn Classic.  In addition to teaching PF since its inception, she has instructed in LD, policy, parli, BP, and Worlds Schools Debate.  She has had the immense privilege of traveling internationally to adjudicate and her team in 2016 cleared and placed in the Pan American Debating Championships.  Currently she is the Assistant Director of Forensics at John Paul II in Plano, Texas.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alyssa Hooks (Public Forum Instructor)

Alyssa Hooks, Public Forum Instructor

Alyssa has been involved in forensics for six years, starting her freshman year of high school at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas. She is a rising junior at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, where she is finishing a degree in communications, as well as holding a position on their IPDA debate team. With her college degree, she plans on coaching debate and becoming a communications professor. In high school, Alyssa did LD and Domestic Extemp, qualifying for TFA State her junior and senior year. In college, Alyssa was half of the second place winning Team IPDA season long winners and tied for team season long speaker. When Alyssa started coaching her first year out, she realized the importance of working hard, even from a coach’s perspective. In that she coached kids in LD and PF to the TOC and NSDA Nationals, as well as policy teams to TFA and UIL State elims. Alyssa believes that debate is a wonderful place for individuals to become advocates for themselves and the causes they believe in, as well as understand the importance of communication skills and rhetoric. She is thrilled to be at SNFI and help students grow and become the best debaters they can be!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Eric Lanning (Public Speaking Instructor)

Eric Lanning, Public Speaking Instructor

Eric is the Academic Director for speech and debate at the National Speech and Debate Association of China. In the last two years there, he has helped expand access to english language speech and debate to thousands of new students and hundreds of new schools in dozens of provinces and cities across the People's Republic of China. Eric has helped coach champions in original oratory and public forum debate at every major tournament in mainland China as well as international competitions in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the United States. Before joining NSDA China, Eric was an assistant policy debate coach at the Stratford Academy and Westminster Schools of Georgia, who respectively won the Baker award for season long excellence and back to back Tournament of Champions. As a debater in college, Eric won the 2010 National Debate tournament as well as prestigious Kentucky invitational and round robin tournaments, where he was also the top individual speaker. 


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 - Natalie Polanco (Public Forum Instructor)

Natalie Polanco, Public Forum Instructor

Natalie is currently the Director of Forensics at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has extensive experience in both speech and debate. As a competitor, she won numerous state and national titles, in addition to qualifying for the Tournament of Champions. This year, her students competed at Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Georgetown, as well as Grand Nationals in Washington, DC.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jake Riggs (Public Forum Instructor)

Jake Riggs, Public Forum Instructor

Jake Riggs is an incoming junior at the University of La Verne, where he will return for his second year of international debate. In 2014 Jake received the speech and debate scholarship at the University of La Verne and competed in the seasons at tournaments like Oxford, World’s hosted in Malaysia, and tournaments across the US and Europe. Jake and his partner Gia Karouzis, another of the PF summer instructors, are ranked in the top 100 debaters for their event worldwide. Jake also debated four years in high school, and became the debate team captain his sophomore year. Jake competed, made finals, and won tournaments throughout California after making the transition to public Forum his senior year. Jake will be happily returning to and eagerly awaiting the SNFI public forum camp.




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