2012 Saint Thomas Debate Public Forum Camps

Description The Saint Thomas Public Forum Debate camp is committed to creating great debaters. Students of public forum debate wanting to take their activity to the next level are encouraged to attend, as are those just beginning in this style of argumentation. The sessions are held in an intimate setting that allows plenty of question and answer sessions and one-on-one interaction with instructors, not just rote learning. Students are allowed to develop their talents in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with excellent supervision. Students will emerge from the program as more confident public speakers and as experts on the rules, style, and strategies of Public Forum Debate, ready to compete in the fall! Camp Staff The camp staff will be made up of the best debaters St. Thomas has to offer. In total, the staff members have won the TAPPS State Championship twice, placed first at local tournaments multiple times, qualified many debaters to the TFA State Tournament, and appeared multiple times in late elimination rounds at several of Houston’s most prestigious tournaments.

Debate Programs June 6 - 10 Beginner Camp (8 - 12 A.M.) $200 (1 - 4 P.M.) $200 June 13 - 17 Intermediate Camp (8 - 12 A.M.) $200 (1 - 4 P.M.) $200

Students are encouraged to take both time slots for their course.

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Debate Program Features: A low staff to student ratio - averaging 1 staff for every 8 to 10 students Seminars on brainstorming, constructing and supporting arguments and theory of argumentation from the ground up Topic analyses on a number of commonly used topic areas A spirited examination of current events Saint Thomas High School A multitude of critiqued practice debates necessary to gain ex4500 Memorial Drive perience and confidence.