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.

1-Week Middle School Speech

Our Middle School Speech program teaches students the invaluable skills of presentation and public speaking.  The skills learend in this program will help to prepare students for a career in competitive speech and debate at the middle school or high school level, in addition to a range of widely applicable academic and professional skills.

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


2019 1-Week Middle School Speech 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 1-Week Middle School Speech Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - C. Ryan Joyce (Division Director, Middle School Speech)

C. Ryan Joyce, Division Director, Middle School Speech

The 2017 National Speech & Debate Assiociation Middle School Coach of the Year, Ryan had been part of speech and debate for over 20 years as a middle school, high school and college competitor and coach, an instructor at camps such as Interprod, FFI, GMIF, and UTNIF, a coach with various nationally recognized programs across the country (Logan High School, CA, Stuyvesant High School, NY and Holy Ghost Prep, PA), and as the Director of Forensics at Phoenix Country Day School, AZ for the past 7 years. A former 3-time high school national finalist himself (Duo/OO), Ryan has had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most interesting middle and high school students from a variety of backgrounds - culminating in over 35 national finalist and 4 NSDA High School National Champions and 17 NSDA Middle School National Champions.  Over the past 4 years, Phoenix Country Day School has been awarded a School of Excellence in Speech at NSDA High School Nationals and the Overall School of Excellence for Speech & Debate at the NSDA Middle School National Tournament. However, the accolades are not why we do this "sport," rather it is the moments of contemplation, the passionate researching, the character development, the voice coming to life, and the personal and meaningful message being delivered that continue to inspire Ryan - the students make speech and debate what it is!  While building his program at Phoenix Country Day, Ryan also serves as the PCDS Director of Advancement in charge of school fundraising.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Andrea Lopez (Middle School Instructor)

Andrea Lopez, Middle School Instructor

I am a sophomore at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where I study theatre and environemental science. I competed for Braddock High School in Miami, Florida. I had a very successful speech career - winning the Princeton tournament and the Blue Key Tournament in Dramatic Interpretation. I also placed 3rd at the Tournament of Champions. I reached elimination rounds at Emory University, Cypress Bay, Berkeley, the Sunvitational and the NSDA National Tournament. For two continuous years I have been an Interprod Interp coach in Boston, Massachusetts. I have a rich understanding and passsion for performing and working with others. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Stephen Durosaiye (Individual Events Instructor)

Stephen Durosaiye, Individual Events Instructor

Stephen Durosaiye is a rising junior at George Mason University. Apart from being a part of the outstanding student body at Mason, he is also a proud member of the Mason Forensics Team. In High School, he was awarded multiple national awards and saw various final stages doing DUO and HI. In college, Stephen and his partner were awarded first place in DUO interpretation at last year's AFA. Stephen is an alumni of Bronx Preparatory and a former student of Rosie and Lou in High School. He hopes to become an actor in the future and wishes to use this camp as a learning experience. Lastly, Stephen was a SNFI camper as a high school student and is beyond excited to be working at Stanford's Camp this summer!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Erin Guiney (Speech Instructor)

Erin Guiney, Speech Instructor

Hi, I'm Erin! I've been coaching middle school speech and debate for the past two years, with a focus on debate events and platform/limited prep events. I competed in high school speech and debate, and I'm currently on the college speech team at Arizona State University. I love the forensics community and helping students find their voice!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alex Wakefield (Congress Instructor)

Alex Wakefield, Congress Instructor

Alex Wakefield will be entering his second year as an Economics major at Arizona State University this fall, after a year of coaching speech and debate for Phoenix Country Day Middle School and Desert Vista High School. In his first year coaching, he has coached a Middle School Congressional Debate National Champion, a High School Congressional Debate National Finalist in the House, and two Congressional Debate finalists at the Tournament of Champions. As a competitor at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, he competed in Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Through his high school career, he was an Arizona State Champion in Public Forum Debate and two-time Congressional Debate National Finalist, finishing in the top 6 his senior year. That same year, he competed in several final rounds at National level tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions. Outside of debate, Alex loves sports, music, and politics.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sterling Wertanzl (Middle School Instructor)

Sterling Wertanzl, Middle School Instructor

Sterling is from Fort Lauderdale, FL, and she competed in and was very successful throughout high school in speech events, including HI, DI, DUO, POI, PRO, and POE. Sterling has previously served as an Interpretation instructor at Interprod (Summit Debate Institute), and is a rising sophomore at Hillsdale College studying Marketing and Spanish.




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