EverReady/Lasting Impact! Speech & Debate “Cross-Training” Camp
Date: August 3-7, 2020
Time: M-Th 9:00-3:30, Fri 9:00-12:00 (Bring your own lunch)
Olive Tree Congregation
400 North Elmhurst Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Pricing – $250 per student
Sibling Discount – $25 off (for each additional sibling)
Parents may attend at no charge
Max Capacity: 50 Students
Lasting Impact! Cross-Training Camp
EverReady and Lasting Impact! have come together to create an integrated and IN-PERSON summer camp experience for students who want to improve their public speaking and debate skills. This thoughtful and unique approach to teaching speech and debate through an intensive five-day summer camp is aimed at equipping students, parents, and coaches with the skills necessary to effectively communicate from a Biblical worldview.
Beginning students will learn the fundamentals of debate and how to deliver a variety of speeches (e.g., platform, interpretive and impromptu speeches). Advanced students will focus on refutation, cross examination, and in developing and applying advanced debate strategies. They will also be challenged to develop their speaking personas and confidence with impromptu speaking.
- Why Christians NEED Speech and Debate!
Students (age 12 & above) may select one of the following content tracks:
- Beginner Speech & Debate (Team Policy Only)
- Advanced Speech & Team Policy Debate
- Advanced Speech & Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- Collect and organize ideas into logical arguments
- Critically evaluate evidence for improved refutation
- Identify critical connections and the primary focus of any debate
- Learn to speak naturally and convincingly
- Learn to adapt & think on your feet
- Learn to turn your fear and/or nervousness to energy and confidence
- Stretch and grow in your communication skills (at every level)
- Learn to connect your thoughts & ideas into meaningful speeches
- Create purposeful thesis statements and roadmaps
- Define and practice your debate persona
Health & Wellness Guidelines
Students, parents and instructors agree to participate in camp at their own risk. We will provide a clean and safe camp environment, but there is no guarantee that it will be 100% virus free. Though we may adjust the typical distances for our classroom exercises, students will be encouraged to participate without masks so we might interact effectively and maximize both verbal and non-verbal performance.
Students and other participants will, however, be asked to follow basic health and safety guidelines as well as common sense procedures, such as:
- Students must be healthy (i.e., not ill) to attend camp
- Anyone with an elevated temperature should not enter the building
- Hands should be washed frequently (or hand sanitizer) throughout the day
- No sharing of food, drinks, water bottles, etc.
Students will be encouraged to make their own decisions regarding their personal health and wellness practices, similar to what would be required in a debate situation. Common sense and respect for others will be expected from students at all times.
Heather Neumann – Heather Neumann is the founder of Lasting Impact! She empowers her clients to find their inner voice through public speaking. Heather says, “There is a power your voice has. It has the ability to make a lasting impact. All you have to do is use it.” In addition to coaching Speech and Debate students across the country, she is also a speaker coach for TedX. Heather has been blessed to have coached thousands of amazing students, including National Champions. Additionally, she has coached Fortune 500 Business Leaders, Motivational Speakers, and even an Olympian!
Hillary Kolssak – Hillary Kolssak is a parent coach with nearly a decade of experience coaching speech and debate. She has been a club leader and a Lincoln-Douglas debate coach with EverReady Speech & Debate for the last several years. She believes that students should experience as many formats of debate as possible, and has had experience with Team Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Parliamentary Debate and Moot Court. Although she enjoys nearly any kind of debate, she especially appreciates when debate focuses on the “why” questions which are most often explored in LD debate. One of her great joys is watching students grow and seeing them develop from a fearful beginner to a confident competitor that is able to speak clearly and convincingly in front of any kind of audience.
She currently lives in Illinois with her husband, Louis, three of her four sons, and three cats.
Griffith Vertican – Griffith is a licensed Attorney, the 2007 NPDA National Champion, and one of the most successful coaches in Stoa, having coached for 12+ years. He is also the director of NIHDprocoach.com and the 13th annual NIHD Speech and Debate Camp. He’s coached five different national champions in all three forms of debate, and both the 2018 and 2019 LD Stoa national champions were his students.
Joshua Anumolu – Joshua practiced his speaking and debating skills in the NCFCA for six years, ranking nationally and placing well in other oratorial competitions. Now he is an incoming sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Mathematics. An aspiring entrepreneur, he enjoy all-things biking, the outdoors, reading Great books, and exploring new places.
Joshua finds that there is nothing quite like the experience and value of sharpening one’s mind from the robust back-and-forth of civil disagreement, thinking independently and rationally, and the process of cultivating connections with your audience; and hopes to help you develop these skills. His classical rhetoric-oriented coaching philosophy emphasizes principles such as creating connections, simplicity, and subject matter prowess.
Theodore Flunker – Theodore Flunker is a seven year NCFCA veteran with experience in both forms of debate as well as a variety of speech events. His achievements include a 1st place finish in Team Policy as well as overall speech sweepstakes at the 2019 Region 6 championship. He is currently studying Political Science at Pepperdine University. Theodore believes that debate should be taught in terms of situations. All of the debate theory and terminology that is intimidating at first should be immediately applied to situations where the stuff will be used in competition. This translates into a grasp of debate that extends beyond the scholarly aspects.
Camp Coordinator – Louis Kolssak
Our goal is to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment that affirms our students and facilitates learning for all ages and levels of experience. We are excited to meet you, encourage you and challenge you (in a good way) to develop your skills and enjoy your summer speech and debate experience. In fact, we hope you learn lasting skills that will stay with you for years to come… we hope to see you at camp this summer!