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Speech & Debate
Dates: June 16-20
Time: 9 am–3 pm
Grades: Students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2014
Cost: $300 by the "Early Bird" deadline (April 17, 2014); $350 after April 17, 2014
Lunch: lunch included
Students will master the basics of competitive Speech & Debate. Whether the goal is to overcome fear of public speaking or prepare arguments for a social studies debate, students will practice public speaking skills that will help them in any academic pursuit. This course is designed to help students learn how to deliver a variety of oral presentations, and to master the basics of parliamentary debate, useful in the classroom, at debate tournaments and at the family dinner table. Activities will include public speaking games, mock-trials and tournaments, and field trips will take advantage of SHC's central location by including visits to a Board of Supervisors meeting and the San Francisco Main Library for lectures.
Christine Buell is currently SHC's Assistant Principal for Student Life, overseeing all cocurricular programs including SHC's Performing Arts program. She also teaches SHC's online Advanced Placement Art History course. She has served as SHC's Speech & Debate Coach, as well as speech coach of other local elementary and high schools, and has taught in both the English and Social Studies Department.
Jose Vargas is a frequent contributor to SHC's summer program offerings, having offered courses in Chess & Gaming, Public Speaking and Film Appreciation. During the school year he teaches English, Philsophy and Film at Woodside International School. Mr. Vargas is also a former teacher of SHC's DePaul Scholar Seminar.