Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2019!  We still can still generally accommodate late-season enrollments in our most of our sessions--if you're planning to attend, we strongly suggest that you sign up soon!

View our 2019 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

3-Week Parliamentary Program

Our three week Parliamentary program will provide students with maximum opportunity to participate in practice debates and attend more lectures with our faculty on theoretical and practical issues that are critical to success in Parliamentary debate, touching on an incredibly wide and diverse range of topic area seminars and lectures.

Please view our one- and two-week Parliamentary program for more details of what a student will experience during the SNFI Parliamentary program.

Parliamentary debate offers high school students a unique opportunity to master a broad range of valuable skills – critical thinking, persuasive public speaking & knowledge of world affairs – that will help them succeed in the classroom & in the “real world” of business, government and community.

The fact that mastering these skills also translates into a high level of competitive success at the high school level is what makes parliamentary debate so rewarding to coach.

My goal in structuring this year’s SNFI Parliamentary Debate program is to make sure every student walks away with a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of persuasion, a variety of useful frameworks for debating questions of policy/value/fact, a toolbox full of proven tactics for first & second speakers, and a big-picture context for evaluating world affairs.

Since the norms of parliamentary debate vary from judge-to-judge & region-to-region, our goal is to broaden the tools & strategies that our students can use to succeed in any situation.  Rather than teach a one-size-fits-all method to parliamentary debate, the broad skills of our instructors and a newly expanded lecture/practice format is designed to give you the opportunity to drill down in areas of interest while maximizing your exposure to new perspectives and winning ideas.


2019 3-Week Parliamentary Program Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Ben Schwartz (Parli Instructor)

Ben Schwartz, Parli Instructor

Ben is an incoming sophomore studying economics at Stanford University. He debated in MSPDP for three years at Sutter Middle School and in NPDL (American Parliamentary) for four years at C.K. McClatchy High School, finishing his senior year ranked 12th nationally. He coached the Sutter Middle School debate team from 2016-2018, during which the team achieved its first league championship since Ben's 8th grade year on the team. He also served as the Assistant Tournament Director for the Capitol Region Debate League for the 2017-2018 season. Ben now debates in British Parliamentary and American Parliamentary Debate for the Stanford Debate Society.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Henry Weikel (Parli Instructor)

Henry Weikel, Parli Instructor

Henry Weikel is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where he was president of the BP and APDA team. He competed mostly in BP, breaking at more than 15 tournaments including the Oxford IV, Cambridge IV, and national championships (USUDC) and winning a number of regional tournaments including the Edinburgh Cup and California Cup. He has judged the finals of numerous tournaments including NPDL-TOC and USUDC in 2019 and coached at Berkeley and three high schools in California.

He will begin graduate studies in English Literature at Oxford or Cambridge in the Fall.


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 Parliamentary Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Andrew Bempah (Congress & Parli Instructor)

Andrew Bempah, Congress & Parli Instructor

Andrew is a rising senior at Stanford currently majoring in Management Science and Engineering. Starting as a freshman competing for SDS, Andrew has broken at multiple APDA tournaments and was awarded the nation's top novice speaker at the US Universities British Parliamentary National Championships.  Andrew attended Evanston Township High School in Chicago where he competed in Congressional debate under the guidance of Jeff Hannan and former national champion Noah Whinston.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Malik Jarvis (Parliamentary Instructor)

Malik Jarvis, Parliamentary Instructor

Malik is a recent graduate of Brown University, where he studied Public Policy and competed on Brown's Parliamentary Debate team for four years.  During his Senior Year, Malik was the second-ranked Speaker of the Year ("SOTY") on the APDA circuit and served as the President of the Brown Debating Union during the third consecutive year of Brown being the 2nd ranked College of the Year ("COTY").  In the fall Malik will be working full-time in New York in addition to coaching the Brown Debating Union.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - David Wang (Parliamentary Instructor)

David Wang, Parliamentary Instructor

David Wang is a recent graduate from George Washington University, where he studied Economics and Philosophy. He debated for four years in high school, finishing his senior year ranked second in California for Parliamentary Debate. At the college level, he competed in the American Parliamentary Debate Association, where, from his sophomore to senior year, he finished as the 6th, 5th, and 2nd team in the country, and the 9th and 7th best speaker. This fall, he plans to attend NYU Law and study public interest law. Now that he's done debating, David spends most of his time getting into Facebook arguments and eating Thai food.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Samantha Wood (Parliamentary Instructor)

Samantha Wood, Parliamentary Instructor

Samantha is a rising junior at Yale University majoring in Religious Studies. She has been debating in and judging both British and American Parliamentary tournaments for two years. She also served at tournament director for the Osterweis Invitational, a charity tournament for high schoolers in the New Haven area. As Social Chair of the Yale Debate Association, one of her goals is to make debate a great activity for everyone.




Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 28th - Aug 17th 9th-12th Stanford University $3,395.00 – $4,195.00
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