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Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2020 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2020 open by approximately October 1st.

Middle School Debate

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.


2019 Middle School Debate Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Brian Manuel (Debate Programs Coordinator)

Brian Manuel, Debate Programs Coordinator

Brian is the Director of Debate at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in New York and Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University, in addition to serving as a consultant for the National Speech & Debate Association. Widely recognized for his unrivaled talent in revitalizing traditional programs, Brian was named the 2008 Michael Bacon Coach of the Year and 2016 Val A. Browning Director of the Year. He has been coaching for nearly 20 years and was recently elected to the Executive Board of the National Debate Coaches Association.

Under his leadership, Edgemont’s debate program has flourished, winning five state championships and countless speaker awards, as well as presenting to the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. His students championed the 2015 Georgetown Day School Invitational and 2018 Mamaroneck Round Robin in Policy Debate; 2018 Harrison Round Robin and 2019 Newark Round Robin in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and 2016 Lakeland Round Robin, 2016 Westchester Classic, 2018 University of Michigan High-School Tournament, and 2019 Lakeland Round Robin in Public Forum Debate. After past outround appearances in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas, Edgemont will be represented in all principal debate events at this year’s Tournament of Champions. Brian has enjoyed equal success at Stanford, where he coached its first team in two decades—and fourth team ever—to qualify for the National Debate Tournament, finishing in the top 30 in both 2013 and 2015.

Over the course of his professional career, Brian has coached for Harvard University, College Preparatory School, Cathedral Preparatory School, Chattahoochee High School, Lakeland High School, and Scranton High School. His students have advanced to elimination rounds at every major national tournament, including NSDA, NDCA, NCFL, and CEDA Nationals. He also coached the champions of the 2003 Big Bronx Invitational, 2008 Barkley Forum, and 2012 Golden Desert Tournament in Policy Debate, along with the 2007 NCFL finalists, 2012 NSDA finalists, and 2013 Phyllis Flory Barton top speaker.

During the summer, Brian serves as the Academic Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute. He previously taught workshops at the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and Millennial Speech & Debate. Brian is looking forward to his eleventh summer at SNFI!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Karina Momary (Middle School Programs Coordinator)

Karina Momary, Middle School Programs Coordinator

Karina was the Director of Middle School Forensics at The Harker School in San Jose, California for six years.  Under Karina's leadership the team was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Overall School of Excellence  for five consecutive 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, 2014 Original Oratory National Champion and won multiple state championships in both speech and debate. Karina is a Diamond Coach with the National Speech & Debate Association and her team was recognized by President Obama in 2015. She helped found the California Middle School Speech and Debate State Tournament and helped increase the number of Bay Area tournaments offered to middle school students. She currently works for Stanford Online High School as the Director of Student Life and Community and sponsors their debate club. Her BA is in Political Science and Public Relations, MA in Communication and she is completing her Doctorate of Education.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - DaCobi Anderson (Instructor)

DaCobi Anderson, Instructor

DaCobi is currently a debater for Chabot College in Hayward California. DaCobi competed for 3 years in high school policy debate and currently competes in several formats of collegiate debate including policy, parlimamentary and Lincoln-Douglas. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jontae' Henry (Instructor)

Jontae' Henry, Instructor

Jontae’ Henry has been involved in debate for six years. She has participated as a policy debater at San Francisco State University for two years and at Lionel Wilson for four years. For the past two years, Jontae’ has been coaching public form and policy debate at Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL). Where she has gained the opportunity to work with many different students in middle and high school. Overall Jontae’ enjoys giving back to the debate community and helping students finds their voice.

 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Natassija Jordan (Instructor)

Natassija Jordan, Instructor



Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jurrien Le (Instructor)

Jurrien Le, Instructor

Jurrien is currently studying environmental science in college, where he competed in debate and model UN. In high school, he competed in Congress, Parliamentary Debate, and Extemp during his four years, reaching outrounds at multiple tournaments on the local and national circuit, such as ASU, Berkeley, Emory, and Stanford. Jurrien also put his debate experiences to use as a member of his mock trial team in high school, and as a volunteer with multiple congressional campaigns. He currently serves as an assistant debate coach at Leland High School, and also as a hired debate judge. This is his third summer with SNFI.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Michael Murray (Instructor)

Michael Murray, Instructor

Michael Murray is an educator and coach with over 13 years of speech and debate experience. This will be Michael's third year coaching at the Stanford National Forensics Institute. Michael spent 9 years as a high school and college competitor and is going into his 7th year of coaching.  Michael competed for De La Salle High School (Concord Ca), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Ca) and California State University of Long Beach (Long Beach, Ca). He graduated CSU Long Beach in 2014 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in Global Studies. Michael primarily competed in parliamentary debate, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking, but has competed in almost all other speech and debate events.  Michael has held a variety of coaching positions at different schools and forensics academies. Michael was Assistant Director and later the Director for Forensics at Oxford Academy High School (Cypress Ca), Director of Forensics at Cypress High School (Cypress, Ca) and Director of Debate at Honor Academy (Cerritos, Ca). Michael currently works for Nova 42 Academy as the head Lincoln Douglas debate coach.  Michael has coached many students who qualified to multiple prestigious tournaments including the NSDA Championship, The Tournament of Champions, and the Californian High School State Championship.  Some of the students Michael has coached won prestigious awards at these tournaments including, California Championship Top 15 in National Extemporaneous Speaking ( 2014), NSDA Congressional Debate Champion and 4th place finisher ( 2015,2016), Tournament of Champions Semifinalist in Congressional Debate (2016) , NSDA Middle School Extemporaneous Debate Champion (2017). NSDA Middle School Lincoln Douglas Debate 2 Double Octofinalists, 1 Octofinalist and 4th, 6th, and 10th place speakers (2019). 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Natalie Polanco (Instructor)

Natalie Polanco, Instructor

Natalie is the Director of Forensics at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. With a wide range of experience in the activity, she has overseen the growth of Packer’s first-ever Speech & Debate Team to include 14 active competitors in only its second year of existence. Her students were co-champions in Varsity Public Forum, finalists and quarterfinalists in Junior Varsity Public Forum, and octafinalists in Novice Public Forum at the 2019 Westchester Classic, earning a total of five speaker awards. In addition to qualifying for this year’s Tournament of Champions and NCFL Grand Nationals, her students advanced to elimination rounds at Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and Bronx Science. Natalie represented student interests as a member of the NSDA’s Public Forum Ad Hoc Committee, which was tasked with evaluating a number of proposed changes to the event, and currently serves on the Public Forum Wording Committee. She looks forward to spending another summer at SNFI!


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 Middle School Debate Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Karina Momary (Middle School Programs Coordinator)

Karina Momary, Middle School Programs Coordinator

Karina was the Director of Middle School Forensics at The Harker School in San Jose, California for six years.  Under Karina's leadership the team was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as an Overall School of Excellence  for five consecutive 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, 2014 Original Oratory National Champion and won multiple state championships in both speech and debate. Karina is a Diamond Coach with the National Speech & Debate Association and her team was recognized by President Obama in 2015. She helped found the California Middle School Speech and Debate State Tournament and helped increase the number of Bay Area tournaments offered to middle school students. She currently works for Stanford Online High School as the Director of Student Life and Community and sponsors their debate club. Her BA is in Political Science and Public Relations, MA in Communication and she is completing her Doctorate of Education.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - DaCobi Anderson (Instructor)

DaCobi Anderson, Instructor

DaCobi is currently a debater for Chabot College in Hayward California. DaCobi competed for 3 years in high school policy debate and currently competes in several formats of collegiate debate including policy, parlimamentary and Lincoln-Douglas. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Joseph Barquin (Middle School Instructor)

Joseph Barquin, Middle School Instructor

Joseph spent his collegiate career debating for Southwestern College on the Policy debate cirtcuit. Since then he's been involved in policy debate as an instuctor and coach for various high schools in the orange county and LA area as well as SWC. His most recent success has been helping to coach the team that won second place at the national urban debate league in the 2017-2018 high school season. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Austin Brittenham (Middle School Instructor)

Austin Brittenham, Middle School Instructor

Austin brings ten years of debate competition and coaching experience to the SNFI. In high school, he competed in Policy Debate for 3 years at Centennial, in Boise, Idaho. He, and his debate partner Paige Spraker, would be the first team from Centennial to debate in a Tournament of Champions bid round in the prior 8 years. In college, he debated at the University of Puget Sound for 4 years in Policy Debate; Austin would be a 3 time Cross Examination Debate Association elimination round debater, top 20 individual speaker, and 2 year National Debate Tournament attendent, and 2016 All American debater.

After graduating, he has finished two years of debate coaching at the University of Puget Sound. First, in Parlimentary Debate, then in Policy Debate. In 2018, he was the Pacific Region Critic of the Year - demonstrating a successful shift from competitor to coach and judge. In 2017, he was fortunate enough to work with high schoolers at the Pioneer Debate Institute at Lewis and Clark University for 2 weeks; his cohort were young high school students with little-to-no debate experience. 

This summer he brings a goofy smile, lighthearted but disciplined coaching to help students achieve their educational goals, and (very likely) bad taste in pop music!

 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jontae' Henry (Instructor)

Jontae' Henry, Instructor

Jontae’ Henry has been involved in debate for six years. She has participated as a policy debater at San Francisco State University for two years and at Lionel Wilson for four years. For the past two years, Jontae’ has been coaching public form and policy debate at Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL). Where she has gained the opportunity to work with many different students in middle and high school. Overall Jontae’ enjoys giving back to the debate community and helping students finds their voice.

 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Eric Lanning (Public Speaking Instructor)

Eric Lanning, Public Speaking Instructor

Eric is the Academic Director for speech and debate at the National Speech and Debate Association of China. In the last two years there, he has helped expand access to english language speech and debate to thousands of new students and hundreds of new schools in dozens of provinces and cities across the People's Republic of China. Eric has helped coach champions in original oratory and public forum debate at every major tournament in mainland China as well as international competitions in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the United States. Before joining NSDA China, Eric was an assistant policy debate coach at the Stratford Academy and Westminster Schools of Georgia, who respectively won the Baker award for season long excellence and back to back Tournament of Champions. As a debater in college, Eric won the 2010 National Debate tournament as well as prestigious Kentucky invitational and round robin tournaments, where he was also the top individual speaker. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jurrien Le (Instructor)

Jurrien Le, Instructor

Jurrien is currently studying environmental science in college, where he competed in debate and model UN. In high school, he competed in Congress, Parliamentary Debate, and Extemp during his four years, reaching outrounds at multiple tournaments on the local and national circuit, such as ASU, Berkeley, Emory, and Stanford. Jurrien also put his debate experiences to use as a member of his mock trial team in high school, and as a volunteer with multiple congressional campaigns. He currently serves as an assistant debate coach at Leland High School, and also as a hired debate judge. This is his third summer with SNFI.


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

Miranda Le, Public Forum Instructor

Miranda Le attended SNFI as a student in 2012. She came back to teach Public Forum debate in 2014.She has been an instructor for the past 5 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 while also advancing to late elimination and final rounds. Her students have secured champsionships at various tournaments including the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016, Tournament of Champions Double-Octofinalists in 2018, and more. Miranda has coached at Mission San Jose High School and the Holy Cross School in New Orleans. She is the Public Forum Debate Coach at Presentation High School in San Jose. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Michael Murray (Instructor)

Michael Murray, Instructor

Michael Murray is an educator and coach with over 13 years of speech and debate experience. This will be Michael's third year coaching at the Stanford National Forensics Institute. Michael spent 9 years as a high school and college competitor and is going into his 7th year of coaching.  Michael competed for De La Salle High School (Concord Ca), Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Ca) and California State University of Long Beach (Long Beach, Ca). He graduated CSU Long Beach in 2014 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in Global Studies. Michael primarily competed in parliamentary debate, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking, but has competed in almost all other speech and debate events.  Michael has held a variety of coaching positions at different schools and forensics academies. Michael was Assistant Director and later the Director for Forensics at Oxford Academy High School (Cypress Ca), Director of Forensics at Cypress High School (Cypress, Ca) and Director of Debate at Honor Academy (Cerritos, Ca). Michael currently works for Nova 42 Academy as the head Lincoln Douglas debate coach.  Michael has coached many students who qualified to multiple prestigious tournaments including the NSDA Championship, The Tournament of Champions, and the Californian High School State Championship.  Some of the students Michael has coached won prestigious awards at these tournaments including, California Championship Top 15 in National Extemporaneous Speaking ( 2014), NSDA Congressional Debate Champion and 4th place finisher ( 2015,2016), Tournament of Champions Semifinalist in Congressional Debate (2016) , NSDA Middle School Extemporaneous Debate Champion (2017). NSDA Middle School Lincoln Douglas Debate 2 Double Octofinalists, 1 Octofinalist and 4th, 6th, and 10th place speakers (2019). 



Upcoming Camps

1-Week Middle School Advanced 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 Basics

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 Public Forum Workout

The 1-Week Middle School Public Forum Workout is designed for students who don't have the time to complete the full 2-Week Middle School Core Public Forum Program.  We recommend that students who are able choose to attend the 2-Week Middle School Core Public Forum Program.  Based on past requests, we recognize that some students are unable to fit the full program into their summer and offer this shortened program to allow more students to sharpen their Public Forum skills ...

2-Week Middle School Debate Experience

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...

2-Week Middle School Public Forum Program

The 2-Week Middle School Debate program is designed to provide rising 7th and 8th graders with an academically appropriate session that focuses specifically on the Public Forum debate format.  The objectives are similar to the 2-Week Core Public Forum session that we offer for High School students.  For students unable to stay through the end of this 2-Week session, ...