"My summer in the Seven Week Juniors program at the University of Michigan was the best experience I have ever had. Through a perfect combination of in-depth and varied lectures, hours of research, and countless practice debates, the program helped me improve my debate skills in all respects. I was able to work with some of the best minds in debate, and given one-on-one time to give rebuttal redoes and get great advice. Debate aside, I made tons of amazing friends and had a wonderful experience hanging out around Ann Arbor."
Harry Aaronson, Notre Dame High School (CA), 11/6/13, Semifinalist at the 2014 Cal Berkeley Tournament"Having been to different camps each summer of high school, I can say with certainty that Michigan Seven Week provides the gold standard of debate instruction. In addition to a talented and engaged staff, 7 Week creates amazing opportunities for debaters to learn from each other and to really get to the heart of the topic through diverse and in depth research. The combination of countless practice debates judged by actual lab leaders with excellent lectures both camp-wide and in lab makes 7 Week the ideal camp experience. The dorm life and city of Ann Arbor helped to make 7 Week the absolute highlight of my summer, and I'd recommend the program to anyone and everyone passionate about debate."
Lev Asimow, Polytechnic School, (CA), 11/6/13, Semifinalist at the 2013 Wake Forest Tournament"Picking the right debate camp before my senior year was an extremely difficult decision, but I could not be happier with my choice to attend the Michigan Seven Week seniors program. Throughout the seven weeks, I received advice and tips on strategy that completely changed the way I think about debate. The staff was incredible, and I took away lessons to improve myself not only as a debater, but also as a member of the debate community in general. I would certainly recommend Michigan Seven Week to anyone looking to improve any aspect of his or her skills as a debater."
Holmes Hampton, Highland Park High School (TX), 11/6/13, Winner of the 2013 Wake Forest University Tournament"With so many summer institutes available to debaters, deciding where to go to camp can seem challenging. I would argue you need look no further than Michigan Seven week. The quality and diversity of instruction is unmatched, and the vast number of full practice rounds is invaluable to becoming familiar with the topic before the start of the season. Plus, you get to spend your summer in the fantastic city of Ann Arbor. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my summer than at Michigan."
Ben Iuliano, Bishop Guertin High School (NH), 11/6/13, Winner of the 2014 Harvard University Tournament"Spending 7 weeks at the Juniors Lab in Michigan was truly an unforgettable experience. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been able to be in a lab with amazing lab leaders and friends. I had a phenomenal time during my time in the beautiful Ann Arbor and I highly recommend the 7 Week Juniors Lab to all those who are considering it. I can easily say that the incredibly friendly and nurturing social and academic environment at Michigan made my experience there well worth it. Michigan really focuses on developing the long-term potential of each debater - you develop important research and speaking skills that will help you be successful throughout the year. As such, I highly recommend Michigan for everybody and I hope everybody can enjoy it like I did."
Richard Jaramillo, Greenhill School (TX), 11/6/13, Winner of the 2013 Meadows Tournament"Attending the Michigan Seniors Program was an easy choice after comparing facilities, environments and faculties with other debate camps. Michigan has a fun, competitive nature where skills of all levels are accepted. No other camp allowed for such exploration of argument flexibility that I strived for going into my senior year. Having a ridiculous amount of one-on-one time with lab leaders, my debate skills grew and transformed me into a nationally-competitive debater in just one summer. Michigan offers a wonderful experience on a gorgeous campus and I would recommend it over any other camp."
Haley Larsen, Wayzata High School (MN), 11/6/13, Top Speaker at the 2014 Cal Berkeley Tournament"I had the best summer of my life at the Michigan 7 Week Seniors program. I had the opportunity to work with dedicated, intelligent debate minds with a diverse array of ideological approaches to argumentation, which broadened my horizons and prepared me to debate in a variety of styles. Additionally, I had access to incredibly vast library resources for research, and received guidance and constructive criticism from my instructors, who really helped me maximize my potential for constructing arguments. The constant practice debates made sure that I could fine tune skills and learn new techniques while also getting topic-specific education. My lab leaders were so helpful and really invested in the campers' success, which made for a positive learning environment that I thoroughly enjoyed!"
Miranda Ryshawy, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart (FL), 11/7/13, Semifinalist at the 2013 Glenbrooks and Emory Tournaments"I am confident that the University of Michigan Seven Week Juniors Program is the top camp in the country. The lab leaders are some of the best coaches and they are devoted to improving each individual's skills. The curriculum is thorough and rewarding, with a blend of lab, lectures, research, and practice debates. Michigan excels as a summer institute because they ensure that the best competition in the country will be there with you. The topic knowledge is unrivaled due to ensuring that there is plenty of research, specific practice debates, and a variety of topic lectures. Not only will Michigan exponentially increase your debate skills, but Ann Arbor is also the best location to spend seven weeks. The personnel, skill development, and environment make the Michigan Debate Camp a great choice for anyone."
Clyde Shepherd, Pace Academy (GA), 11/6/13, Quarterfinalist at the 2013 Glenbrooks Tournament"The Michigan 7 Week Program was a fantastic experience and a great way to spend the summer. Engaging lectures and lab activities definitely gave me a chance to hone my skills and stay competitive throughout the year. I had a great time meeting debaters from across the nation and learning from lab leaders and other students in a friendly and social environment. Michigan provided access to significant library resources, an incredibly talented faculty, and without a doubt was the best way for me to kick off my competitive season."
Vinaik Sundaresan, Highland Park (TX), 11/7/13, Winner of the 2013 Wake Forest University Tournament"Coming back to Michigan the summer before my senior year was definitely the best decision I could have made. The University of Michigan's research facilities as well as the number of competitive practice debates perfectly complemented the lab leaders' passion and drive and helped me improve in every aspect as a debater from argumentation skills to specialized research to overall character. Through the Seven Weeks program, I have made friends and experiences that I will truly never forget, and I highly recommend spending the summer in Ann Arbor to anyone."
Kai Yan, Iowa City West High School (IA), 11/7/13, Finalist at the 2013 University of Michigan Tournament