Stanford Invitational Tournament

Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2019 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2019 open by approximately December 20th.

Congressional Debate

SNFI brings the professionalism and expertise developed over the past 25 years in every format of competitive high school debate to congressional debate!  Our 2-Week Core Congressional Debate Program is designed to give students an opportunity to develop and sharpen their skills for a successful competitive season in congress.


2019 Congressional Debate Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2019 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.


2018 Congressional Debate 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 - Alex Wakefield (Congress Instructor)

Alex Wakefield, Congress Instructor

Alex Wakefield will be entering his second year as an Economics major at Arizona State University this fall, after a year of coaching speech and debate for Phoenix Country Day Middle School and Desert Vista High School. In his first year coaching, he has coached a Middle School Congressional Debate National Champion, a High School Congressional Debate National Finalist in the House, and two Congressional Debate finalists at the Tournament of Champions. As a competitor at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, he competed in Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Through his high school career, he was an Arizona State Champion in Public Forum Debate and two-time Congressional Debate National Finalist, finishing in the top 6 his senior year. That same year, he competed in several final rounds at National level tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions. Outside of debate, Alex loves sports, music, and politics.



Upcoming Camps

1-Week Congressional Debate Workout

SNFI is proud to add a Congressional Debate program!  We're excited to bring the same professionalism and expertise developed over the past 25 years in every format of competitive high school debate to Congress.

The 1-Week Congressional Debate Workout is designed as an opportunity for students to sharpen their Congress skills ahead of the next competitive season.  SNFI strongly suggests that students enroll in the 2-Week Core Congressional Debate Program if thei...

2-Week Core Congressional Debate Program

SNFI is proud to add a Congressional Debate program!  We're excited to bring the same professionalism and expertise developed over the past 25 years in every format of competitive high school debate to Congress.

The 2-Week Core Congressional Debate Program is designed to give students everything that they need to succeed in Congress.  More details on this summer's curriculum will be available in the near future.