Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - January 28, 2011

Paly students offer summer 'debate camp' for kids

Week-long August program aimed at younger students

Five dozen Palo Alto students will attend a summer camp next August where the competition isn't in archery or ball games but in speaking publicly and matching wits in debate contests.

Their teachers/coaches will be older students at Palo Alto High School.

For sixth- through 10th-grade students new to speech and debate, the Paly Debate Team offers a week-long summer "speech and debate camp."

The camp runs this summer from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12, with a focus on public speaking in the morning and on debate in the afternoon.

The cost for one session (morning or afternoon) is $295. For both sessions, the cost is $495. Non-residents of Palo Alto will have to pay a $25 supplemental-insurance fee because of city regulations.

"While we plan the curriculum and daily programs so that each day would be fruitful to our students, there are substantial goals for each of them at the end of the camp," said Paly sophomore Julia Lee, a camp organizer.

"The speech students will prepare a speech and present it to their peer-and-parent audience, and the debate students will engage in actual debate rounds with each other," Lee said.

The camp is in its seventh year. Last year, with a capacity of 60 students, it was sold out.

For more information, contact palyspeechanddebate@gmail.com, or call Paly student Esha Datta, a member of the management team, at 650-868-3497.

— Chris Kenrick

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