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Middle School Speech

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.


2020 Middle School Speech Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2020 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.


2019 Middle School Speech Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Luis Cardenas (Competitive Speech Programs Coordinator)

Luis Cardenas, Competitive Speech Programs Coordinator

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 - Clay Cooper (Instructor)

Clay Cooper, Instructor

Clay Cooper is currently a rising junior at UNC-CH where he studies english and music. In high school, Clay competed all four years in speech and debate. In his senior season he competed in the final rounds at several national invitationals, including Yale, Emory, the GMU Patriot Games and the Sunvitational in both Prose/Poetry and Humorous Interpretation, he was also the 2017 NCFL national champion in Oral Interpretation. Clay is a proud SNFI almnus and is super excited to begin working at camp this summer!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Stephen Durosaiye (Instructor)

Stephen Durosaiye, Instructor

Stephen Durosaiye is a rising junior at George Mason University. Apart from being a part of the outstanding student body at Mason, he is also a proud member of the Mason Forensics Team. In High School, he was awarded multiple national awards and saw various final stages doing DUO and HI. In college, Stephen and his partner were awarded first place in DUO interpretation at last year's AFA. Stephen is an alumni of Bronx Preparatory and a former student of Rosie and Lou in High School. He hopes to become an actor in the future and wishes to use this camp as a learning experience. Lastly, Stephen was a SNFI camper as a high school student and is beyond excited to be working at Stanford's Camp this summer!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Danielle Hahami (Instructor)

Danielle Hahami, Instructor

Danielle Hahami is thrilled to be coaching at SNFI this summer! As a rising senior and captain of the George Mason University forensics team, Danielle remembers she first fell in love with the activity at a speech camp back in high school. She will forever be grateful for the guidance she received then, and can only hope to ignite that same passion for speech in her students this year. As a competitor, Danielle competes in Interp and Public Address and has advanced to national out rounds in all of her events, earning her several titles including the New York State Champion in Oral Interpretation and the 2016 NSDA National Champion in Poetry Interpretation. Danielle can’t wait to meet her newest campers and is beyond ready to make this summer the most wonderfully speech-filled summer ever! 



Upcoming Camps

1-Week Middle School Competitive 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 Competitive Speech Experience

The Stanford National Forensic Institute is again offering a program for middle school speech. This camp will focus both on the style of competitive speech offered at middle schools in the Bay Area, and the transition to high school speech events. This camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of debating, covering material that is similar to that described for the 2-Week Individual Events program, but in a slightly slower "survey" format that is tailored to Middle School stu...