Summit Debate was founded in 1995 by Jenny Cook, Executive Director. The name Summit Debate was influenced by a historic road, Summit Avenue, known for showcasing some of the grandest homes in the Twin Cities area. Summit Avenue was just a short walk from where Cook lived and in her mind the name Summit captured the image of “making it to the top”. Thus the logo “Reach for the Summit”. The first institute opened in the summer of 1997, with the National Debate Forum (NDF) in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate. Then, in 2004, a “salon style” program in Interp events, Interpretive Productions (InterProd) including Oratory and Congress, was founded by David Kraft and the Extemp Lab (EXL) were founded in 2007. In 2016, Summit Debate added Policy Debate to the National Debate Forum Iowa session.
Currently, Summit Debate runs institutes for Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate (Iowa Only), InterProd, which teaches Humorous, Dramatic, and Duo Interpretation and Original Oratory, and EXL for Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate (Iowa Only.)
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