Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2017!  We still have space in many of our programs, however many sessions are close to maximum capacity--if you're planning to attend, we strongly suggest that you sign up soon!

View our 2017 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

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:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alisha Eastep (Public Speaking Instructor)

Alisha Eastep, Public Speaking Instructor

Alisha Eastep is an educator and performer with two decades of public speaking experience in a variety of forums, from the classroom to the podium to the stage. Alisha has been captivated by performance since her first exposure at the age of seven, and knows first-hand the importance of strong adult mentors and educators.

Alisha has competed on the national level both individually and in groups, earning accolades in the speech and debate community, in “The Citizen and the Constitution” Competition, and has had numerous roles in community theater and on the stage. In policy debate, she is a national champion, winning Junior Western Nationals in 2004 and placing second in community college national in 2005. She is a published writer and researcher with 16 years of experience, and has earned faculty recognition for her honors research project on a theater community at UC Berkeley in 2011, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Anthropology.

As an educator, Alisha has been nurturing the minds of children of all ages and developmental abilities for a decade, and listens to each of her pupils to get a sense of their individual needs. As opportunities to educate occur inside and outside of the classroom, Alisha has gained valuable knowledge teaching educational curriculum, empowering social and living skills, and workplace training. During the year, Alisha teaches debate at Head-Royce School, where the team earned 9th place in the Tournament of Champions, and does research in East Asian Archaeology and on Foodways in the Pacific Rim. She is ready to put these skills to work creating engaged and thought-provoking activities that foster growth and improve young minds at SNFI.


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 - Karina Momary (Division Director, Middle School Debate)

Karina Momary, Division Director, Middle School Debate

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. 


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 - Mike Kyle (Middle School Instructor)

Mike Kyle, Middle School Instructor

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.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Miranda Le (Public Forum Instructor)

Miranda Le, Public Forum Instructor

Miranda Le attended SNFI in 2012. Additionally, she has been an instructor for the past 3 workshops as well as an instructor at the Harvard Debate Council's Summer Workshop in 2016. During her high school 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. Miranda was the first female to win a championship for her high school. She has been coaching Middle School and High School Public Forum debate since her senior year. Her debaters have accrued numerous top speaker awards at state and national level tournaments, and her debaters have advanced to late elimination rounds and final rounds, winning prestigious tournaments such as the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016, etc. Miranda has coached at Mission San Jose High School and the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. She will be the Public Forum Debate Coach at Presentation High School in the upcoming school year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Mike Murray (Middle School Instructor)

Mike Murray, Middle School Instructor

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Stanford National Forensic Institute - Megan Wilson (Parliamentary Instructor)

Megan Wilson, Parliamentary Instructor

Megan debated at Yale University for 4 years. She had great success in both American and British Parliamentary styles. In the fall she will start work at Cornerstone Research in New York.

 


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:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Luis Cardenas (Division Director, Individual Events)

Luis Cardenas, Division Director, Individual Events

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


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 - Karina Momary (Division Director, Middle School Debate)

Karina Momary, Division Director, Middle School Debate

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. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Kelly Glass (Middle School Instructor)

Kelly Glass, Middle School Instructor

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. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Donghun Kang (Middle School Instructor)

Donghun Kang, Middle School Instructor

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!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Mike Kyle (Middle School Instructor)

Mike Kyle, Middle School Instructor

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.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Miranda Le (Public Forum Instructor)

Miranda Le, Public Forum Instructor

Miranda Le attended SNFI in 2012. Additionally, she has been an instructor for the past 3 workshops as well as an instructor at the Harvard Debate Council's Summer Workshop in 2016. During her high school 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. Miranda was the first female to win a championship for her high school. She has been coaching Middle School and High School Public Forum debate since her senior year. Her debaters have accrued numerous top speaker awards at state and national level tournaments, and her debaters have advanced to late elimination rounds and final rounds, winning prestigious tournaments such as the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016, etc. Miranda has coached at Mission San Jose High School and the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. She will be the Public Forum Debate Coach at Presentation High School in the upcoming school year. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rocio Plazola (Middle School Instructor)

Rocio Plazola, Middle School Instructor

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.



Upcoming Camps

1-Week Advanced Middle School Debate

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...

1-Week Middle School Debate

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...

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.

2-Week Middle School Debate

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...