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.

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.


2017 Congressional Debate Staff Members Include:

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

Andrew Bempah, Congress & Parli Instructor

Andrew is a rising junior at Stanford currently majoring in Management Science and Engineering. As a freshman competing for SDS, Andrew broke 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 - Shawn Haq (Congressional Instuctor)

Shawn Haq, Congressional Instuctor

Shawn Haq is a sophomore at Moorpark College. In high school, he was the California State Champion in Congressional Debate by the largest margin in state history and was elected Student Body President of the National Speech and Debate Association's 120,000 students. He also ranked 8th at the Tournament of Champions, 7th at the National Championship, and championed the Stanford University Invitational. He currently works at the Office of U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris where he leads statewide briefings on the Senate Intelligence Committee and his legislative focuses include National Security, Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Environment, and Transportation.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Krikor Kouyoumdjian (Parli Instructor)

Krikor Kouyoumdjian, Parli Instructor

Krikor Kouyoumdjian has been involved in debate for 12 years as both a competitor and a coach. In shigh school he compeded in Congress and Parli at the state champion level as well as winning the Duke Moot Court competition undefeated. Krikor attended Loyola Marymount University and competed in British Parliamentary debate as well as APDA. He attended 5 different national championships, making it to elimination rounds in each one. He has won multiple tournaments at the national and international level, most notably the 2013 Oxford IV and the 2014 North American Championships. 

Krikor has experience coaching and teaching students at every grade level from elementary to high school and has worked as a debate coach at 5 schools in the Los Angeles area. Most recently his 5th and 6th graders from the Center for Early Education won the National Championship title for their age range in the MSPDP.


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 Congressional Debate Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Prianka Kumar (Congress Instructor)

Prianka Kumar, Congress Instructor

Prianka currently attend the University of California, San Diego, and is double majoring in Neuroscience and Political science. Prianka previously attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and competed all four years of high school in public forum debate, extemporaneous speaking, and congressional debate. Prianka achieved success in all of these events on both the local and national level, was a 2-time state finalist in extemporaneous speaking, and in her senior year  was crowned state champion. Prianka qualified to NSDA nationals in extemporaneous speaking my sophomore year and advanced to top 60 in the country. In congressional debate, she qualified two years in a row to the Tournament of Champions, advanced to the final round of the Harvard Invitational, and was a two-time National Finalist in the Senate, taking 8th and 3rd place at the national tournament. In her free time, Prianka enjoys writing, painting and spending time with the love of her life (her dog).


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Joey Schnide (Congress Instructor)

Joey Schnide, Congress Instructor

Joey competed on the national circuit in congressional and Lincoln-Douglas debate for three years at Evanston Township High School in Illinois. Joey qualified to the TOC twice; in congress as a junior and in Lincoln-Douglas as a senior. He also won the Illinois State tournament (twice), the NCFL Grand National Tournament, and the NSDA National Tournament (in Extemporaneous Debate). Joey is currently a sophmore studying international affairs at the George Washington University. He is an assistant coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA and competes in parliamentary debate for GW on the American Parliamentary Debate Association circuit. 



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.