Stanford Invitational Tournament

Final sessions begin August 10th!  Our complete summer 2020 schedule will take place fully online and registration is open - sign up to secure a space in your preferred session!  See our COVID-19 page for more details.

3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience

The 3-Week Complete LD Experience combines our 2-Week Core LD Program and our Intensive Practice Round LD Session.  For more information on both programs, please visit their respective pages.

2020 3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2020 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.

2019 3-Week Lincoln Douglas Experience Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Brian Manuel (Debate Programs Coordinator)

Brian Manuel, Debate Programs Coordinator

Brian is the Director of Debate at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in New York and Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University, in addition to serving as a consultant for the National Speech & Debate Association. Widely recognized for his unrivaled talent in revitalizing traditional programs, Brian was named the 2008 Michael Bacon Coach of the Year and 2016 Val A. Browning Director of the Year. He has been coaching for nearly 20 years and was recently elected to the Executive Board of the National Debate Coaches Association.

Under his leadership, Edgemont’s debate program has flourished, winning five state championships and countless speaker awards, as well as presenting to the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. His students championed the 2015 Georgetown Day School Invitational and 2018 Mamaroneck Round Robin in Policy Debate; 2018 Harrison Round Robin and 2019 Newark Round Robin in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and 2016 Lakeland Round Robin, 2016 Westchester Classic, 2018 University of Michigan High-School Tournament, and 2019 Lakeland Round Robin in Public Forum Debate. After past outround appearances in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas, Edgemont will be represented in all principal debate events at this year’s Tournament of Champions. Brian has enjoyed equal success at Stanford, where he coached its first team in two decades—and fourth team ever—to qualify for the National Debate Tournament, finishing in the top 30 in both 2013 and 2015.

Over the course of his professional career, Brian has coached for Harvard University, College Preparatory School, Cathedral Preparatory School, Chattahoochee High School, Lakeland High School, and Scranton High School. His students have advanced to elimination rounds at every major national tournament, including NSDA, NDCA, NCFL, and CEDA Nationals. He also coached the champions of the 2003 Big Bronx Invitational, 2008 Barkley Forum, and 2012 Golden Desert Tournament in Policy Debate, along with the 2007 NCFL finalists, 2012 NSDA finalists, and 2013 Phyllis Flory Barton top speaker.

During the summer, Brian serves as the Academic Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute. He previously taught workshops at the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and Millennial Speech & Debate. Brian is looking forward to his eleventh summer at SNFI!

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Nate Graziano (Instructor)

Nate Graziano, Instructor

Nate has been involved with debate for the last decade - participating in many different types of debate including NDT/CEDA Policy at the University of Wyoming and even received a first-round bid to the NPTE while competiting on the Parlimentary Circuit for CSU-Pueblo. Currently a coach at Kent Denver School, Nate has coached numerous Policy and LD debaters including 4 different ToC appearances, A Glenbrooks Quarterfinalist, A Berkeley Quarterfinalist, an ASU Invitational Championship, and several HSImpact Coaches Poll showings. He has also been asked to judge elimination rounds at some of the largest tournaments around the country, including Semi-Finals at Berkeley, the ToC, and the NSDA Tournament. He most recently coached 2 teams to outrounds at the eTOC with semis and quarters apperances. Nate loves coaching and working with debaters of all skill levels looks forward to working with you again at SNFI this summer!  

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jacob Koshak (Instructor)

Jacob Koshak, Instructor

Koshak is the current director of debate at Cypress Woods High School. He has coached multiple TOC, State, and Nationals qualifers and outround particpants throughout his career. His argumentation focus is mostly centered around high theory debate with an emphasis on authors such as Deleuze, Baudrillard, Bataille, and Derrida. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Mina Lee (Instructor)

Mina Lee, Instructor

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Stanford National Forensic Institute - Claudia Ribera (Instructor)

Claudia Ribera, Instructor

Claudia debated at Katy Taylor High School in LD and is a student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in International Relations and Global Studies. Claudia competed locally and nationally, having success on both circuits. She qualified for the TFA State tournament, NSDA Nationals twice in World Schools debate where she reached to quarterfinals her junior year, and competed in outrounds of many circuit tournaments. Claudia has experience coaching high school debaters in CX and LD. Her debaters have cleared at numerous national circuit tournaments, round robins, NSDA Nationals, TFA, and accumulate bids to TOC in LD and CX. 

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Bailey Rung (Instructor)

Bailey Rung, Instructor

Bailey is the former LD coach at Ridge HS (NJ), and assisted with policy. Bailey’s students placed highly at tournaments throughout the northeast, won multiple consecutive New Jersey state championships, attended the Tournament of Champions, and participated in deep out rounds at NSDA and NCFL including a 3rd place finish at each. Bailey competed in NFA-LD at Western Kentucky University, where he closed out the final rounds of the 2017 NFA and 2018 PKD national tournaments in addition to placing in several national final rounds of Extemp and Impromptu. Before that, he competed successfully at Blaine HS (MN) in Extemp and Congress, among other events. Bailey has focused primarily on debating simulated policy-making and continental philosophy while competing and coaching. Bailey graduated from WKU with B.A. in Communication Studies in May 2019 and will be staying there to pursue his M.A. in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. He will also be the graduate assistant for WKU's debate team. In his free time, Bailey enjoys reading Hegel and watching old Science Fiction movies.

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Clay Stewart (Instructor)

Clay Stewart, Instructor

Clay has been involved in Speech & Debate for over a decade. As a high school debater in Georgia, he competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate, qualifying his senior year to the National Speech & Debate Association's National Championship.  Attending Georgia State University, Clay competed in intercollegiate policy debate for four years, reaching elimination debates at multiple regional competitions, a career that culminated in attending the National Debate Tournament his senior year. As an Instructor at the Stanford National Forensic Institute, he hopes to use his years of experience as a coach and competitor to help students achieve success, and maximize the benefit of the Institute. 

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