The Speech Summer Think Tank - Varsity

Each year more than 800,000 students will build their communication, leadership, cognitive and presentational skills through speech competition. Join the long list of competitive speech and debate alumni from from presidents to Supreme Court justices, from congressional leaders to entertainment greats. Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Elizabeth Warren, Zach Efron, Josh Gad, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Jessica Chastain and Stephen Colbert are only a few who found their voice through Competitive Speech.

Competitive Speech students pledge to uphold the highest standards of respect, integrity, leadership, humility and service. Their diplomas carry the honor seal and Speech students wear honor cords at graduation. Come join us this summer for a fun and exhilarating two weeks of games, activities, and hard work that will see you emerge as a poised and polished speaker, ready to begin a year of competition!

All Competitive Individual Events Summer Sessions include:

  • All Lectures/Seminars given by National Champion Coaches
  • Small class sizes.
  • Work one on one with National Champion Coaches
  • Meet like-minded, motivated students
  • Work on a major event and have the choice of a minor event
  • Finish the institute with a competition-ready individual event
  • Guaranteed catch-up, private coaching session during the upcoming competition season
  • A final camp speech tournament
  • A competitive speech packet with 100’s of tools and exercises so you can practice all year

Varsity and Encore speech students will have the opportunity to select one of three majors to focus on during camp: 

Interpretive Events, which include Duo Interp,(Both Students Must Be Present), Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Programmed Oral Interp, Prose/Poetry. You will learn how to choose material, learn the magic of cutting a play to 10 minutes, learn character voices, character positions, learn how to reveal subtext and objectives. You will walk away with a variety of interpretive techniques to take with you so that you can practice at home.

Platform and Writing Events, which include Original Oratory, Original Advocacy, Expository/Informative. Students will be guided through the entire writing journey from choosing, clarifying and perfecting a topic, where and how to research, drafting a speech (Problem/Cause/Solution), practicing and learning the magic of delivery. You will have hands-on help from start to finish.

Limited Prep Events, include Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu. Here you will focus on speech prep, outlining a winning speech, research, structure, cause and effect, and learning techniques that will improve your overall public speaking in rounds.

To register for the California Competitive Speech Institute at Stanford University, please follow the below steps
  • Click "Apply Now" on the top right of this screen.
  • Follow the prompts to enter parent and student information on screens 1 and 2.
  • On screen 3, select the following options:
    • Camp Category: Competitive Speech
    • Camp Name: Varsity Speech
    • Camp Session: Select the Session you prefer
    • Camp Major: Select Interp, Platform or Limited Prep
    • Price Option: Select Extended Day Camp or Overnight Camp

Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register
Varsity Speech 9 - 12 Stanford University Jul 28, 2024 Aug 10, 2024 Enroll

Price Options for Varsity Speech

Extended Day Camp $3,495
Overnight Camp $4,950

Sample Schedule Prep Varsity Speech

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am Warm-Ups
10:00 am Morning Lab/Practicum
12:30 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:30 pm Lecture
2:45 pm Afternoon Lab/Practicum
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm One-on-One Sessions
8:00 pm Group Session
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include: 

Luis Cardenas - Program Coordinator

Luis Reyes Cardenas, who was The Individual Events Director @ Stanford National Forensic Institute for 15 years and Sarah “Rosie” Rosenberg, who was a 2023 inductee in to The National Speech and Debate Association’s Hall of Fame, have a combined competitive speech winning experience of over 50 years. They have coached all ages and have guided their students to hundreds of final rounds across the country. Their students have won DUO National Championships at Both CFL and NSDA Nationals. They have had over 30 National Finalists @ both CFL and NSDA in DI, HI, OO, Storytelling, Prose and Poetry. They also have coached over 30 California State Champions from 1990-2000. They currently are the Founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Open Hydrant Theater Company located in New York City. Their students are currently starring on Film, TV and stage. You can see their work showcased in The Guardian’s documentary, From Bronx to Yale and in the film. Shakespeare High starring Mare Winningham, Val Kilmer and Richard Dreyfuss.

Sarah "Rosie" Rosenberg - Interp 

With a career spanning more than five decades, Sarah Rosenberg has helped bring the joy of public speaking and competitive acting into the lives of thousands of students across the country. From her humble beginnings as an English and Speech/Drama teacher at Maclay Junior High School in the San Fernando Valley, to producing critically acclaimed off-Broadway re-imaginings of Shakespearean classics likeA Midsummer Night’s DreamandThe Tempest, her career has transcended the mere ordinary. From coaching state and national champions, to countless finalists at the state and national levels, to her most recent recognition by the NIETOC with the Josephine Dukes Award in recognition of her contributions to teaching and the fine arts, her passion for helping youth discover their voices is unparalleled. She is willing to work with every student, no matter the challenge, to help them to discover their own talent. Her example has motivated many of her students to go on to become actors, teachers, and playwrights themselves. Her commitment to bringing out all of the finest attributes of America’s youth— leadership, equity, integrity, humility, and a dedication to service above self—is exactly how she has thrived for so long and still serves as an exemplar for us all. Sarah was inducted into the National Coach's Hall of Fame in 2023.