2014 Institute Dates
- Regular Session: July 18 – August 1, 2014
- Extension: August 1 – 4, 2014
Join us this summer for
your championship experience.
2013 Institute Video
Students and coaches stay in a full-service hotel, the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale, which features comfortable rooms, a spacious lobby and “Link” computer center, great restaurant, and exercise and aquatic facilities.
Enjoy an afternoon at the Sawgrass Mills Mall, at premiere outlets and boutiques, the 23-screen cinema, great restaurants, or enjoy the arcade! Only $30!
Safety is Key
At the Florida Forensic Institute, the safety and well-being of our participants is a top priority. Our campus is staffed with security personnel, and the residential facility has security staff 24 hours-a-day. Outside of class, students are supervised by degree-holding senior staff, rather than college-age junior staff.
Eyes on Kansas City
Following a successful Rout to Indianapolis in 2012, and the March to Birmingham in 2013, FFI alumni have their eyes on Kansas City in 2014.
September brings the early bird tournaments. While FFI students did well at Wake as usual, they excelled at Yale. In Congressional Debate FFI alums comprised 12 of the top 20 and took the number one and number two spots yet again. FFI Public Forum debaters were in the final round, while FFI students were in the final rounds of every speech event, taking first in Dramatic Interpretation, second in Humorous Interpretation, and third in Original Oratory.
October brought success to FFI alums at the University of Florida’s Blue Key Tournament. In Congressional Debate, FFI students comprised 7 of the top 10 and took places 1-5. Dramatic Interpretation finals included 4 out of 6 FFI students and a 184.108.40.206 finish. Humorous Interpretation also included 4 out of 6 FFI alums. Duo Interpretation resulted in 1st and 2nd places. In Oratory, FFI students captured 1st and 3rd places, along with a 2nd place finish in Oral Interpretation. Coupled with numerous breaks in Extemp and Public Forum Debate, FFI alums were a resounding success story.
November is the Glenbrooks, where FFI students continued to excel. In Congressional Debate, FFI students comprised 10 of the 16 final round participants and finished in 2nd, 3rd and 5th places. FFI alums were in out rounds of every event taught at FFI, but the success was most striking in Dramatic Interpretation, where FFI alums were 4 of the 6 students in the final round, and captured 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. In Humorous Interpreation, FFI alums took 1st and 2nd places, with a 3rd place finish in Original Oratory.
FFI is pleased to announce our new Curriculum Director. Don Crabtree is the Vice President of the National Forensic League and an eight diamond NFL Hall of Fame coach from Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Don will also head up the National Coaches Institute. We are thrilled to have him with us.
This year the Florida Forensic Institute, one of America’s oldest and most successful summer speech and debate institutes, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary. We are often asked how we have, year after year, maintained our high level of achievement. The answer is in these, our guiding principles:
An outstanding, safe environment encourages the development of professional and personal growth and integrity.
- Provide expert educators who can recognize the individual needs of each student.
- To reach their potential, students must be taught as individuals.
- Balance freedom with responsibility and accountability.
- Advance the pursuit of excellence.
- Teach skills for life.
Not all summer forensic institutes are created equal, and at FFI we continue to prove it!
Consider some of the top reasons to attend FFI:
- Small labs with top instructors from across the country;
- Specialized curriculum for all levels of expertise;
- Individual attention;
- Supervised hotel accommodations;
- Excellent research and instructional facilities;
- Affordable tuition for a CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE; and
- Optional session extension gives students a chance to delve further or switch gears.
Safety is Key!
At the Florida Forensic Institute, the safety and well-being of our participants is a top priority. Therefore, we have taken a different approach to security than most summer programs. Our campus is staffed with security personnel, and the residential facility has security staff 24 hours-a-day. Outside of class, students are supervised by degree-holding senior staff, rather than college-age junior staff. An integral part of our security and safety initiative is our Dorm Mom, Kristie Taylor and Dorm Dad, Willie Warren. Read more about their credentials on the staff page.
The Andy Bogeajis Scholarship
On Friday, August 17th, 2007, Andrew Bogeajis, a Florida coach associated with several schools died at the age of 36. We are honored to remember him with a scholarship for qualifying students.
Andy B., as his students affectionately called him, coached at both Trinty Prep and Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, several schools in north Florida, and at Nova High School and several private students in Broward County. Although Andy could coach and judge any event, he was best known, not just for his expertise in Oratory and Interp, and his students’ winning records, but for his willingness to work with all students, not just the stars. Most of all, Andy had the ability to spot and connect with the shy or underrated student and inspire that child to find the confidence to compete.
At Andy’s memorial service, his students spoke more of his character, kindness and humor than anything else. He is survived by two wonderful children, Zachary and Kristin, but he is also survived by the hundreds of children and coaches whose lives he touched. In the spirit of kindness with which he always dealt with this community, the Florida Forensic Institute is proud to announce the endowment of the Andy Bogeajis Scholarship. This $500 scholarship is open to any student who competes in Interp or Oratory, who demonstrates both financial need and a contribution to the forensic community.
To qualify for this scholarship, in addition to the regular financial aid application, please submit an essay of no more than 500 words describing your contribution to the forensic community this past year, and what you hope to contribute this coming year. The deadline for submissions is March 1.
An Open Letter...
Dear Students, Coaches and Parents,
It is our pleasure to invite you to explore the Florida Forensic Institute Web site. We know you will see what sets our summer program apart from the rest: our commitment to education and our record of success in competition. Most forensic institutes “teach to the speech.” Their primary goal is to send each student home with a speech, any speech. What results? Cookie-cutter orations, formulaic, generics-laden extemp, tech-reliant DIs, HIs and Duos of dubious literary merit, which have more to do with effect and less to do with interpretation of the author’s words, Public Forum labs that lack focus on research and fundamental and advanced debate skills: cross-examination, analysis, refutation and clear communication, and Congress labs with little or no attention paid or to developing research skills, clear, developed argumentation and in-round strategy.
Students will return from FFI not only with quality speeches for competition, but with the ability to utilize the skills they have acquired to produce future speeches.
We are proud to announce that we have assembled a championship staff comprised of the most outstanding and successful educators/coaches, and the most NFL National Champions, to head any summer forensic institute. The truth lies in the results. Since its inception in 1991, FFI and its coaches have produced more national finalists and champions than any other program. Not all summer forensic institutes are created equal, and we continue to prove it.
Thank you for your support!