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Middle School Programs
SNFI Middle School programs prepare middle school students for competitive speech and debate in local leagues and prepares them to enter high school level debate events. The skills honed in SNFI programs aid students in their academic classwork as they prepare for a rigorous pre-college academic track in high school. Speech and debate hone many of the most imporant skills needed for a successful professional career in the contemporary world: public speaking, research skills, thinking under pressure, and how to apply analytical approaches to complex problems.
Note: we do not accept international students for any of our middle school sessions.
2017 Middle School Programs Staff Members Include:
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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.
2016 Middle School Programs Staff Members Included:
With combined winning experience of over 40 years, Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Cardenas have coached students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO at CFL Nationals and have tied for 1st in DUO at NFL Nationals twice. They have had over 30 National Finalists at both CFL and NFL and have won countless State Championships in California, New York, Philadelphia and Florida. Current projects center on The Festival of New American Musicals and Future Fest, working with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Marx, Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Sondheim. NYC credits include the Off-Broadway musicals Fools in Love and Tempest Toss'd, one a doo-wop re imagining of A Midsummer Nights Dream and the other, a re imagining of The Tempest. Both are designed to make watching Shakepeare a family event and have won rave reviews in major newspapers across the country. These musicals have also been showcased at BAM, The New York Musical Theater Festival, El Portal, Theatre Row in Hollywood, and The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO. they also have a new professional theater company in New York City called Open Hydrant. This is the first Equity ensemble theater company in the Bronx serving under-served artists. Their work also can be seen in the new film, Shakespeare High Executive Produced by Kevin Spacey, which premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and will premiere on Showtime this fall. Rosie/Lou have coached for Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, Florida Forensic Institute, Bronx Prep, Holy Ghost Prep, San Marino High School, Cleveland High School, James Logan and The PUC Schools. For more info visit: www.shakespearehigh.org www.lafestival.org http://thepoint.org http://openhydrant.org
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.
Karina has been the Director of Middle School Forensics at The Harker School in San Jose, California for the past six years. Under Karina's leadership the team has been recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Overall School of Excellence for the past five 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 and 2014 Original Oratory National Champion. Karina is a Diamond Coach with the National Speech & Debate Association and her team was recognized by President Obama in 2015.
Kelly Glass has worked with students in middle school through college to improve their public speaking and debate skills. She has taught at The Harker School, Gavilan College, and San Jose State. She has a bachelor and master's degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State. This is her second summer teaching at SNFI.
Donghun is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University. Donghun participated in public speaking clubs and groups for about 5 years, primarily competing in Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate in high school. He is excited to teach students debate at camp this summer!
Graduating Magna cum Laude from ASU, 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. In the Spring of 2016, Mike was 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.
Miranda Le attended SNFI in 2012, and has been an instructor for the past 2 workshops. She competed in Public Forum for 4 years at Milpitas High School in California. During her debate career, she was invited to and attended multiple round robins including the California Round Robin, the Holy Cross Round Robin, and the Millard North Round Robin. She is also the first girl/debater to win a championship for her high school. She has been coaching Middle School and High School public forum since her senior year in high school. Her debaters have received top speaker awards at numerous state and national level tournaments. Her teams have made it to late elimination rounds, and final rounds winning tournaments such as the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, and the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016. Miranda coached at Mission San Jose High School for the past 2 years, and she will be the Public Forum coach at Holy Cross School in New Orleans for the upcoming school year. She is also teaching at Harvard Debate Council's Summer Workshop.
Rocio is a Middle School Forensics Instructor/Coach in Los Angeles and the Co-President of the Speech and Debate team at Glendale Community College.
The Advanced Middle School Debate session is designed for students who are currently active Speech & Debate competitors. Students in this program will work with instructors to enhance their knowledge of debate and work on advanced skills to improve their competitive success. Students will work to structure and argue a variety of different cases as well as learn how to research support for those cases. They will also participate in numerous practice debates where instructors will wor...
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. 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 orde...
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.
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 w...