Stanford Invitational Tournament

Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2020 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2020 open by approximately October 1st.

3-Week Public Forum Experience

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


2019 3-Week Public Forum Experience Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Nicholas Aranda (Instructor)

Nicholas Aranda, Instructor

Nicholas Aranda is an undergraduate student at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where he studies and works as a student research assistant in Post-Heideggarian Metaphysics and Contemporary Critical Peace Studies. In High School, Nicholas enjoyed competitive success in PF, WSD, and LD. His senior year of High School, Nicholas was a William Woods Tate Jr. NSDA Student of the Year finalist. Nicholas is the Student Vice President of Academic Affairs at Regis, where he also debates for the Regis University Debate Society in British Parliamentary Debate. As one half of the Regis Aranda-Cheshire debate partnership, Nicholas won the 2019 U.S. Universities Western Debate Championship and has advanced to elimination rounds at numerous invitationals and championships including the Cornell IV, Chicago IV, Seattle IV, Regis IV, USUDC and more. He has coached teams across the U.S. and overseas, most recently, promoting debate education across the West Bank in Palestine.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Caspar Arbeeny (Instructor)

Caspar Arbeeny, Instructor

Caspar Arbeeny is a rising senior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He competed in public forum debate at Poly Prep in NY for all four years of high school, and hascoached public forum for Edgemont Jr/Sr. High Schools for the last three years. Over the course of his competitive career, Caspar amassed 12 bids to the tournament of champions, reached the quarterfinal round at the 2016 Tournament of Champions, reached the semifinal round at the 2015 Yale Invitational, and championed the 2016 Lexington Winter Invitational. As a coach, he has helped three different teams qualify to the Gold Tournament of Champions, as well as outrounds at numerous national tournamnets. Caspar is incredibly excited to be working at SNFI this summer.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Hanh Do (Instructor)

Hanh Do, Instructor

Hanh Do has been involved in competitive debate for the past 24 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 and has served as the Big Questions Chair for the past two years at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament.  


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Clayton Engelby (Instructor)

Clayton Engelby, Instructor

Clayton is currently a student at Missouri State University studying economics and psychology. As part of the NDT and NFA debate team at MSU, he has had the opportunity to travel around the nation and compete at some of the largest tournaments including Kentucky, ADA Nationals, and GSU. He recently competed at the 2019 NFA National Tournament where MSU won their first-ever national championship. He is an assistant coach at Bentonville High School where his teams have found success at NSDA, Isidore Newman, The Barkley Forum, Heritage Hall, NDCA, and more.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alina Shivji (Instructor)

Alina Shivji, Instructor

Alina is a junior at Loyola University Chicago. As a Public Forum competitor for Colleyville Heritage HS, she was a three time qualifier to the Texas Forensics Association State Tournament and the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament where she advanced to elimination rounds numerous times. She competed nationally and reached late elimination rounds at tournaments including the University of Texas, the Grapevine Classic, the Hockaday Invitational, Apple Valley, and the Berkeley Invitational. Due to her success, Alina was invited to several Round Robins such as the Berkeley Round Robin and the Kandi King Round Robin. She looks forward to working at SNFI!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Aurelia Williams (Instructor)

Aurelia Williams, Instructor

Aurelia has debate experience at both the high school and college level, and is also an experienced social and political activist on a local and national level. She brings years of practical and academic knowledge of race and ethnicity issues domestically and internationally. Aurelia is currently a varsity policy debater and is pursuing a degree in global studies at Georgia State. Post-graduation Aurelia is planning on going to law school with a human rights concentration.


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 3-Week Public Forum Experience Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Gia Karpouzis (At-Camp Administrator)

Gia Karpouzis, At-Camp Administrator

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 high school, Gia received 2nd place at CHSSA State in Impromptu, placed top 10 in CHSSA Parli, and Semi-Finaled at NSDA in Impromptu Speaking. In colleet, Gia competed in WUDC debate, where as a freshman she semi-finaled at USUDC Nationals. In 2015 she was ranked 15th at the Worlds Universities Debating Championships in Malaysia, and was the first female in her University's 100-year debate history to be named Debater of the Year. She currently teaches Parliamentary and Public Forum debate at the Nueva School in San Mateo. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Hanh Do (Instructor)

Hanh Do, Instructor

Hanh Do has been involved in competitive debate for the past 24 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 and has served as the Big Questions Chair for the past two years at the National Speech and Debate Association's National Tournament.  


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

Cayman Giordano, Division Director, Public Forum

Cayman Giordano was a Public Forum lab leader at SNFI from 2009-2018 and the division director of Public Forum from 2016-2018.


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 - Miranda Le (Public Forum Instructor)

Miranda Le, Public Forum Instructor

Miranda Le attended SNFI as a student in 2012. She came back to teach Public Forum debate in 2014.She has been an instructor for the past 5 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 while also advancing to late elimination and final rounds. Her students have secured champsionships at various tournaments including the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016, Tournament of Champions Double-Octofinalists in 2018, and more. Miranda has coached at Mission San Jose High School and the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. She is the Public Forum Debate Coach at Presentation High School in San Jose. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Natalie Polanco (Instructor)

Natalie Polanco, Instructor

Natalie is the Director of Forensics at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. With a wide range of experience in the activity, she has overseen the growth of Packer’s first-ever Speech & Debate Team to include 14 active competitors in only its second year of existence. Her students were co-champions in Varsity Public Forum, finalists and quarterfinalists in Junior Varsity Public Forum, and octafinalists in Novice Public Forum at the 2019 Westchester Classic, earning a total of five speaker awards. In addition to qualifying for this year’s Tournament of Champions and NCFL Grand Nationals, her students advanced to elimination rounds at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Bronx Science. Natalie represented student interests as a member of the NSDA’s Public Forum Ad Hoc Committee, which was tasked with evaluating a number of proposed changes to the event, and currently serves on the Public Forum Wording Committee. She looks forward to spending another summer at SNFI!


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.




Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 21st - Aug 10th 9th-12th Stanford University $3,695.00 – $4,595.00
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