Stanford Invitational Tournament

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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.

2018 1-Week Middle School Speech 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 1-Week Middle School Speech Staff Members Included:

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

C. Ryan Joyce, Division Director, Middle School Speech & IE Instructor

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. 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 25 national finalist and 4 NSDA High School National Champions and 4 NSDA Middle School National Champions.  This past year (2016), Phoenix Country Day School was 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 Nationals in only their 3rd year as a Middle and High School team. 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 - Cimmi Alvarez (Middle School Instructor)

Cimmi Alvarez, Middle School Instructor

Cimmi is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in communication studies. Competing in extemp, LD, and CX in high school, she was excited to continue her journey as a member of the UT Speech Team. She enjoys competing in Persuasive, Informative, After Dinner Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, and impromptu. This year she was a octafinalist in Rhetorical Criticism at the NFA national tournament. Cimmi is excited to have the opportunity to coach this summer at SNFI.

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!

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Aug 5th - Aug 11th 7th-8th Stanford University $1,495.00 – $1,795.00
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