Stanford Invitational Tournament

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2-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, covering material that is similar to that described for the 2-Week Parliamentary program, but in a slightly slower format that is tailored to Middle School students. 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 in the 2-Week Middle School Parliamentary program will have an opportunity to progress to more advanced topics than students in the 1-Week session in addition to completing approzimately twice as many practice debate rounds.

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

2018 2-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 2-Week Middle School Debate Staff Members Included:

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 - 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).

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Aug 5th - Aug 18th 7th-8th Stanford University $2,750.00 – $3,395.00
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