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Speech

July 5 - July 11

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Speech Camp

From college applications and internships, to job interviews and casual conversations, communications skills are paramount to success. Whether you love being center stage and already have experience in public speaking or you prefer to stay behind the scenes and feel ill at the thought of an audience, this camp is perfect for you. This camp places a special emphasis on the importance of both character and critical thinking in communication. Packed full of practical instruction and personal coaching, this camp will help students step outside of their comfort zone and develop the ability to:

  • Think quickly on their feet
  • Create phenomenal first impressions
  • Formulate clear responses to difficult questions
  • Captivate and convince their audience
  • Increase influence
  • Communicate with confidence and poise under pressure

This camp is for any student who wants to increase their influence as an articulate leader. Students can expect to practice all principles taught through personalized coaching, drills, games, and friendly competition.

There are no prerequisites required to attend this camp. Camp material is revamped each year, so returning students are welcome and can expect new lessons and activities to take their communication to the next level! The objective of this camp is for all students to leave with an ignited passion for communication and a solid foundation for how to successfully develop the logical premises of their position.

Registration closes July 1.

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PHC Headshot-1Instructor: Christian Fernandez

Head Coach – Mock Trial

An alumnus of Patrick Henry College, Christian Fernandez holds a Bachelors of Arts in Literature and a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance. He competed in Mock Trial all four years of college, leading several teams, earning multiple individual awards, and competing at the National Championship Tournament twice. During his Mock Trial career, Mr. Fernandez became especially known for his compelling closing statements. After the passing of Dr. Guliuzza, he stepped in as an assistant coach who, along with alumni James Compton and Sarah Geesaman, helped coach PHC to a 4th place finish in its bracket at the 2019 National Championship: the highest ranking in PHC Mock Trial history. Aside from Mock Trial, Mr. Fernandez has coached multiple high-school students to success on the national level in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Moot Court. His studies focus on English literature, classical rhetoric, orations, and theatrical history. Mr. Fernandez intends to pursue a Ph.D. in English to continue teaching, directing, and coaching at the collegiate level.

[Related Article: Meet the New Mock Trial Coach and Adjunct Professor]

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