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registration for the 2017 poi debate institute at uc berkeley is now open!


REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 POI DEBATE INSTITUTE OREGON IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

If you've attended one of our summer programs before, please enter "POIAlum" at checkout. Although our 15% discount expired on January 1, returning POI debaters who register in 2017 will still receive a 10% discount.

New POI debaters will receive a 10% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! Please enter "POIwelcome" at checkout.

THE FLAGSHIP:

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley Two-Week Master Class Program

The POI Debate Institute takes the concerns of its debaters very seriously and we are committed to making our Master Class program as accessible as possible. We've heard your price concerns, and we have lowered the price of the Master Class program from $4,725 to $3,575. In order to accommodate the program's lower price, we have shortened the length of the Master Class program from 18 to 14 days. 

This program will offer two 60% need-based scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

This year, outside of offering the nation's most rigorous and successful parliamentary debate program, we will also be taking a few social breaks to enjoy the world outside of parli.

Please note that admission into the Master Class Program is contingent on meeting entry requirements.

July 13-27, 2017 (16 debater cap) 

Tuition: $3,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley 10-Day High School Program

After unprecedented demand, we have increased our debater cap for each High School session to 32 students. 

Session A: July 9-19, 2017 (32 debater cap)

Session B: July 19-29, 2017 (32 debater cap) 

Tuition: $2,625

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley One-Week Middle School Program

June 15-22, 2017 (16 debater cap)

Tuition: $1,575

The POI Debate Institute has provided over $20,000 in need-based scholarships for the Master Class and High School Programs in 2017. 

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registration for the 2017 poi debate institute at uc berkeley is now open!


REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 POI DEBATE INSTITUTE OREGON IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

If you've attended one of our summer programs before, please enter "POIAlum" at checkout. Although our 15% discount expired on January 1, returning POI debaters who register in 2017 will still receive a 10% discount.

New POI debaters will receive a 10% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! Please enter "POIwelcome" at checkout.

THE FLAGSHIP:

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley Two-Week Master Class Program

The POI Debate Institute takes the concerns of its debaters very seriously and we are committed to making our Master Class program as accessible as possible. We've heard your price concerns, and we have lowered the price of the Master Class program from $4,725 to $3,575. In order to accommodate the program's lower price, we have shortened the length of the Master Class program from 18 to 14 days. 

This program will offer two 60% need-based scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

This year, outside of offering the nation's most rigorous and successful parliamentary debate program, we will also be taking a few social breaks to enjoy the world outside of parli.

Please note that admission into the Master Class Program is contingent on meeting entry requirements.

July 13-27, 2017 (16 debater cap) 

Tuition: $3,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley 10-Day High School Program

After unprecedented demand, we have increased our debater cap for each High School session to 32 students. 

Session A: July 9-19, 2017 (32 debater cap)

Session B: July 19-29, 2017 (32 debater cap) 

Tuition: $2,625

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley One-Week Middle School Program

June 15-22, 2017 (16 debater cap)

Tuition: $1,575

The POI Debate Institute has provided over $20,000 in need-based scholarships for the Master Class and High School Programs in 2017. 

Our Future Starts Here

Debaters and coaches of the 2016 Master Class Program at UC Berkeley.

The POI Debate Institute, now entering its fifth year, is pleased to announce that we will be staging the nation's premier high school in-residence parliamentary debate institute at UC Berkeley. The POI Debate Institute is open to debaters of all skill levels.

The POI Debate Institute will continue to offer a best-in-class experience instruction led by nationally renowned college and high school coaches and an amazingly low instructor:debater ratio of 1:8. We will continue to uphold our mission to serve the needs of high school students aspiring to be the best parliamentary debaters in the nation. The POI Debate Institute is competitive, demanding, and rigorous and will push you to achieve your potential. It is unlike any other parliamentary debate program offered in the nation.

We know that that time and money invested in a summer debate program is predicated on the expectation debaters will develop the requisite skills and knowledge to make them more competitive and to that we offer a track record of unparalleled success when it comes to training high school parliamentary debaters.

Debaters trained at the POI Debate Institute dominate national high school parliamentary debate and have won almost every major high school invitational including Stanford, Yale, MLK, University of the Pacific, the Connecticut State Championship, the California State Tournament, Willamette, Fullerton, Oregon, Claremont, NPDI, the 6x4, Prospect, Santa Clara, Berkeley, La Costa, and the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.

While we are proud of our success, we know that parliamentary debate is far more than a collection of trophies. At the POI Debate Institute we truly believe parliamentary debate is an investment in the future. Parliamentary debaters are special because of their unique ability to engage, analyze, and process the seemingly indecipherable white background noise that permeates our world. One round might be about the situation in the Central African Republic with the next round pivoting to the possibility of war in the South China Sea only to be followed by a round weighing the benefits and detriments of European austerity policies. The best parliamentary debaters have a heightened awareness of the multiplicity of problems that afflict our planet and they are constantly conceiving and testing ways to solve these problems. The young women and men who participate in parliamentary debate are inspirations. They provide hope. They are the seeds of a better future.

So please join us this summer. We look forward to seeing you in California and Oregon!

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Who We Are


Our amazing core of directors and coaches is the reason the POI Debate Institute is what it is: the nation's best high school parliamentary debate program. 

Who We Are


Our amazing core of directors and coaches is the reason the POI Debate Institute is what it is: the nation's best high school parliamentary debate program. 

David Saulet, Director and Coach of the POI Master Class Program

David “Bear” Saulet began debating at the community college level for El Camino College. After two years of successful competition at both the state and national levels, Bear transferred to Concordia University Irvine on a debate scholarship. During his time at Concordia, Bear and his partner would become the top parliamentary debate partnership in California as well as the second best partnership nationwide. Since graduating from Concordia, Bear has served as the Assistant Director of Debate at Concordia Irvine, where his team won 1st place sweepstakes at the national NPDA tournament, as well as the Assistant Director of Forensics at Oxford Academy. Bear is currently working on completing his Communication Studies Master’s degree at California State University Long Beach, when not watching horror movies and obsessing over Star Wars

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Zach Moss, Assistant Coach of the POI Master Class Program

Zach debated for two years at Concordia University Irvine during which time Zach and his partner Bear Saulet (Master Class Program Director) won multiple tournaments, posting a league-high 50 prelim wins, and were the second-ranked team on the NPTE leaderboard their senior year. Since then, Zach has acquired a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of Wyoming. While coaching at the University of Wyoming, the university’s policy debate team continued their decade-long qualification to the NDT and posted a double-octofinalist finish at the NDT as well as a quarterfinalist finish at CEDA Nationals. Zach currently coaches NFA-Lincoln Douglas and freelances as a parliamentary debate coach. In the 2016-17 season alone they have coached the winners of the first half of Mile High and the second half of the McKendree swing, as well as the ninth place team at the NPTE.

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Sierra Maciorowski, Camp Director/Instructor of the Middle School and High School Program

Sierra competed in high school for Sonoma Academy, where she saw her team rise to #3 in the nation during her year as captain, finishing the year ranked 10th as an individual in parliamentary debate. During her gap year, Sierra was ranked #1 as a community college team in NPDA debate while competing for Santa Rosa Junior College.  Sierra now coaches parliamentary debate for the Mountain View - Los Altos school district, in addition to private students. In her first year with MVLA, debaters she works with have won the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, California State Championship, Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, Vikings Invitational, and Berkeley High School Invitational, and reached semifinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, Stephen Schwartz Invitational, and Dempsey-Cronin Invitational. MVLA ended the 2016-2017 season ranked #2 nationally. Sierra attends Stanford University, where she intends to double-major in English and Science, Technology and Society, and competes in APDA and BP for the Stanford Debate Society. 

Thomas Liao, Co-Director of the Middle School and High School Program

After competing in debate in middle school, Thomas co-founded the Campolindo High School debate team in 2012. Over the course of 4 years, it became one of the top clubs in the nation, ranking #3 at the end of the 2015-2016 season. He finished his senior season ranked 6th individually, reaching semifinals at the Tournament of Champions and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley, quarterfinals at the Stanford, 8x4, and Notre Dame Invitationals, and octofinals at the Jon Schamber Invitational. Thomas now competes in NPDA debate for the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently ranked #10 nationally after reaching finals at the 2017 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and semifinals at the NPDA Championship, winning the Georgia B. Bowman Invitational, and taking second place at the Golden Gate Invitational. In addition to his own debate career, Thomas has coached middle- and high-school debaters extensively. 

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Basil Abushama, Co-Director/Instructor of the High School Program

Basil was the president of the debate team at Evergreen Valley High School for two years and led his team to extraordinary renown and growth. Along with his partner, Basil was the first debater in parliamentary debate history to win the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions two years in a row. His list of championships and top speaker awards includes the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, the Yale Invitational, the Santa Clara University Invitational, the Claremont Invitational, the Bruschke Invitational, and the Georgiana Hayes Invitational. Basil won an award at every high school tournament he competed in since his junior year and hung up his boots as one of the top-ranked high school debaters in the event's history. Basil now attends the University of California, Berkeley.

Jack Greenberg, Co-Director of the High School Program

Jack had an accomplished career in parliamentary debate at Sonoma Academy, and was captain of his debate team during the 2015-2016 season. His list of achievements includes winning the Jon Schamber Invitational and CSU Fullerton Invitational, reaching semifinals at the California State Championship and the Stanford Invitational, and quarterfinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational. Outside his own high-school career, he created a free public speaking and debate summer camp for middle-school students, which he has run since 2014. Jack finished his senior season ranked 7th nationally, and now attends Stanford University, where he plans to major in Management Science & Engineering. 


Spencer DembnerHigh School Program Instructor

Spencer has debated his way to the top of the parliamentary debate national rankings for three consecutive years: where most debaters can hope to rise in the rankings as they age, Spencer is unique, as the only person in parliamentary debate history to be ranked #1 nationally for every year of his varsity career— generally by a large margin. After reaching finals at four tournaments his sophomore year, including the Tournament of Champions, he went on his junior year to repeat his finals performance or better at five tournaments, including the 2016 Tournament of Champions, and qualify to the national championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate. This year, in addition to serving as president of the Mountain View - Los Altos speech and debate team, Spencer won twelve tournaments, including the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, the California State Championship, the Santa Clara University Spring Invitational, the Yale Invitational, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, the 6x4 Blue Invitational, the La Costa Classic, the Stephen Stewart Invitational, and the Totally Free Tournament. Spencer is an incoming freshman at the University of Chicago, where he intends to study philosophy and classics. 

Lilly Hackworth, High School Program Instructor

One of the most decorated speakers and debaters on the parliamentary debate circuit, Lilly has competed in parliamentary debate and extemporaneous and impromptu speaking since her freshman year at Notre Dame San Jose High School, and was her team's parliamentary debate captain. After finishing her sophomore season ranked #11 as an individual, Lilly went on to impressive success in individual events and debate her junior year, reaching finals at Claremont's Wolfpack Invitational, taking 12th place at NSDA Nationals in World Schools Debate, 2nd place in impromptu at the Jon Schamber Invitational, and 6th place at the CHSSA State Tournament in domestic extemporaneous speaking. Her senior season included a total of eleven tournament championships, including the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions (where she also earned the top speaker award), the Santa Clara University Spring Invitational, the La Costa Classic, the Stephen Stewart Invitational, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, the 6x4 Blue Invitational, the Yale Invitational, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and the Totally Free Tournament. Lilly will attend the University of Chicago next year, where she intends to study computer science and political science. 


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Ming Qian, High School INstructor

Ming Qian is an incoming freshman at the University of California, Santa Barbara after an enormously successful career in high school parliamentary debate. Though Ming started parli his sophomore year at Campolindo High School, he jumped to #5 as an individual in the national rankings this year, reaching finals at the 6x4 Blue Invitational and the Omega Round Robin, semifinals at the Stephan Stewart, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jon Schamber invitationals, and quarterfinals at the Tournament of Champions. Ming earned the 3rd place speaker award at the TOC, a testament to his extensive experience with case, theoretical, and kritikal debate alike. Beyond his own career, Ming has helped shape Campolindo into a national powerhouse by working with his teammates to earn the first place club ranking for the 2016-2017 season. 


Judith Teruya, High SChool Instructor

Judith is a senior at Concordia University Irvine studying sociology and history. She competed in policy debate for four years in high school, and has competed in NPDA debate for three years at Concordia, ranking third in the nation during the 2016-2017 debate season. Judith and her partner Manoah ended their season in quarterfinals at the NPDA national championship, where Judith also earned the 5th place speaker award out of nearly 300 debaters. Judith contributed to Concordia's 2015 national sweepstakes award, and was a semifinalist at the 2016 NPDA national championship. Apart from her collegiate career, Judith has coached high school policy debate for three years, and her students have seen great success, winning the National Invitational Tournaments of Champions policy debate division.

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Meera Keskar, High School Instructor

Meera competed in four years of parliamentary debate for Prospect High School, serving as a captain of the team in her senior year. She finished her senior year ranked 19th as an individual, working with 7 different partners from various schools. With her partner Karl Moeglein, Meera was the first Oregon-California hybrid to compete and break at the TOC. In her senior year, she reached semifinals at the Grizzly Invitational, and broke at nearly every major tournament in northern California, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and Jon Schamber Invitational. Meera will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall where she intends to double-major in Economics and Computer Science. She will continue her debate career competing for the Trojan Debate Society as a Policy debater.


Manoah Marton, High School Instructor

Manoah Marton is a History & Political Thought honors student at Concordia University Irvine. He has over seven years of experience with public speaking and debate, both in high school and college. Manoah won the 2013 National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) in parliamentary debate, and the 2014 NITOC in team policy speaking. As a freshman at Concordia, Manoah and his partner combined with four other Concordia teams to win the National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament as Top Debate School. During his sophomore and junior years, he finished in semifinals and quarterfinals at the tournament, respectively. Manoah has experience coaching students with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, including new students and national champions. 


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CALEB KORNFEIN, Middle SChool Instructor

Caleb spent his debate career at Sonoma Academy, where he competed in parliamentary debate for four years, and policy debate for two. During that time he found extensive success, reaching finals of the 2014 National Parliamentary Debate Invitational before winning it his senior year, and making it to semifinals at the 2017 Tournament of Champions, and quarterfinals at the 2016 Tournament of Champions, along with numerous other placings. Caleb finished the 2016-2017 season ranked 7th individually after attending only three tournaments during the season's duration. Beyond his own debate career, he taught at Sonoma Academy’s first ever policy debate camp last summer. Caleb plans to take a gap year in Germany before heading to Duke University, where he will continue debating and major in public policy.


Henry Tolchard, Middle SChool INstructor

As a competitor for Santa Rosa Junior College, Henry has earned achievements in both parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate. He finished as the top ranked community college team at the Pat Kennedy Round Robin Invitational, won the Talk Hawk invitational, earned a gold medal at the California community college state championship, and finished the season ranked #3 nationally among community college NPDA teams. In the 2016-17 season, Henry earned awards for being the top parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas community college debater in northern California, gold-medalling in both parliamentary and Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Phi Rho Pi national community college championship. Outside of his career, he also coaches Windsor High School's parliamentary debate team. Henry now attends UC Berkeley, where he plans to major in philosophy while continuing his NPDA debate career.

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The World's Greatest Public University


The POI Debate Institute is proud to call UC Berkeley, the flagship of the University of California system, home and we believe one of the greatest benefits we offer is the week debaters get to spend on the campus of one of the world's greatest universities.

Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system. Berkeley's faculty and alumni have won 72 Nobel Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 15 Turing Awards, 20 Academy Awards, 11 Pulitzer Prizes, and discovered 6 chemical elements.

The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education Assessment of the world's greatest universities ranked Berkeley #8. Among the world's universities, Berkeley has the 2nd highest number of academic programs ranked in the top-ten.

Berkeley, probably more than any other university in the nation, gained a reputation for student activism during the 1960s with student opposition to the Vietnam War and the Free Speech Movement calling for the lifting of the ban on on-campus political activity and the acknowledgement of the rights of all students to free speech and academic freedom.

Berkeley's proud history for speaking truth to power, its continued commitment to being a college with a conscience, and its embrace of academic excellence make it the ideal backdrop for a week of intense examination of values, ideals, and discourse.

The World's Greatest Public University


The POI Debate Institute is proud to call UC Berkeley, the flagship of the University of California system, home and we believe one of the greatest benefits we offer is the week debaters get to spend on the campus of one of the world's greatest universities.

Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system. Berkeley's faculty and alumni have won 72 Nobel Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 15 Turing Awards, 20 Academy Awards, 11 Pulitzer Prizes, and discovered 6 chemical elements.

The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education Assessment of the world's greatest universities ranked Berkeley #8. Among the world's universities, Berkeley has the 2nd highest number of academic programs ranked in the top-ten.

Berkeley, probably more than any other university in the nation, gained a reputation for student activism during the 1960s with student opposition to the Vietnam War and the Free Speech Movement calling for the lifting of the ban on on-campus political activity and the acknowledgement of the rights of all students to free speech and academic freedom.

Berkeley's proud history for speaking truth to power, its continued commitment to being a college with a conscience, and its embrace of academic excellence make it the ideal backdrop for a week of intense examination of values, ideals, and discourse.