Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2018!  We still can still generally accommodate last-minute enrollments in our high school sessions--if you're planning to attend, we strongly suggest that you sign up soon!

View our 2018 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

2-Week Middle School Speech

The Stanford National Forensic Institute is again offering a program for middle school speech. This camp will focus both on the style of competitive speech offered at middle schools in the Bay Area, and the transition to high school speech events. This camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of debating, covering material that is similar to that described for the 2-Week Individual Events program, but in a slightly slower "survey" 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 progress at a speed that is appropriate for a typical middle school student in order to increase the educational value of the program.  Students in the 2-Week Middle School Speech 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 speeches.

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


2018 2-Week Middle School Speech Staff Members Include:

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.


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 Speech Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Aug 5th - Aug 18th 7th-8th Stanford University $0.00 – $3,695.00
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