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  • Whom does the Helmsmen Institute serve?
    We serve the Stoa speech and debate community. Our debate resources and camps are specifically geared towards the resolutions and speech events in Stoa, and are prepared for Stoa.
  • Who can attend the Helmsmen Institute camps?
    For our Helmsmen Institute Stoa Camps, any child who is eligible to compete in Stoa in the following competition year is welcome.
  • What makes the Helmsmen Staff qualified to teach speech and debate?
    The Founders of the Helmsmen Institute were all champions in Stoa, with outstanding achievements in high school, and they went on to attend a University with a Forensic Program in the top 10 Speech and Debate Universities in the Nation. The Founders of the Helmsmen Institute cumulatively have over 35 years of experience in competition or coaching Speech and Debate and are experienced in assisting competitors to become the best speakers and debaters they can be. The Helmsmen Institute Board of Directors consists of devoted Stoa supporters (several of whom have experience in college or high school forensic coaching) with over 85 years of experience altogether, and are present to guide staff and students alike through teaching and coaching. The Coaching Staff is handpicked to include the most elite and grounded individuals in Stoa, and are selected based on success, integrity, and their continued involvement with speech and debate. Every Helmsmen representative is among those nationally recognized for speech and debate skills, knowledge, coaching and competition.
  • Did your staff do well in Stoa?
    Each of our alumni instructors have placed and ranked nationally within the top 10 in their category during their time in Stoa, winning many tournaments in their events. Several of our instructors have been coaching as alumni for their home clubs. Check out our Staff page for more details!
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