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Middle School Champ Camp

Mock Trial, Speech & Debate

June 19-23, 2023  |  Dallas, Texas 

Don't know which extracurricular activity is right for you?  You don't have to choose. At the Middle School Champ Camp you get to try all three!

This is a commuter/day camp for students who will be in grades 6-9 during the 2023-2024 school year.

Learn 3 events @ 1 great camp:


A competition between two teams, modeled after how a court of law works. Role play as a witness and an attorney in a criminal trial.


Learn how to write and perform your own persuasive speeches that captivate your audience with confidence and enthusiasm. 


Compete with teammates in academic debates . Learn both foundational and advanced critical thinking & argumentative skills.

Why should you participate?

You'll learn how to...

  • critically analyze complex information

  • brainstorm ideas on both sides of an issue

  • create well-reasoned arguments

  • publicly speak persuasively & with confidence

  • collaborate with teammates

  • compete in mock trial, speech, and debate

You'll learn by...

  • having fun by participating in 3 amazing activities:

    • mock trial

    • speech

    • debate 

  • collaborating with teammates to research & prepare​

  • getting coached by experienced instructors & competitors.

You'll learn from...

Award-winning educators with a combined 40+ years of experience coaching students to become critical thinkers and 20+ years designing curriculum, administrating, and directing summer camps.


They have coached champions---at both the state and national levels---in high school mock trial and debate.​

What makes Champ Camp different?
Instead of choosing one, explore all three extracurricular activities.

Learn the skills for mock trial, speech, & debate.

Hear from our Directors

Why are you excited for camp?


June 19 - 23, 2023

9am - 5pm daily


Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

1201 E 8th St

Dallas, TX 75203

*Only commuters. No residential option exists.


One Week: $1000

Two Weeks: $1600*

*Discount for attending the MS Champ Camp + Critical Thinkers Camp

**Tuition includes a daily box lunch.

Summer Registration Is Now Open!

Our Directors


Don Gonzalez

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Don Gonzalez  has been a high school educator for 24 years. He is currently the Magnet Coordinator for the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet in Dallas ISD, where he recently coached one of his mock trial teams to win a national championship. In addition to his roles as a teacher and mock trial coach, Don is an experienced camp administrator. He is the founder of the Champ Camps which currently include the Championship Mock Trial Academy, Critical Thinking Camp and Championship Admissions. He earned a B.A. in both Economics and History from Southern Methodist University. He holds a Masters in Education Administration from UNT. While at UNT he also received a post- graduate certification in Gifted Education. His research focused on the identification of gifted students in under-represented groups. He also holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University and studied law at The University of Texas School of Law. His interests range from educational entrepreneurship to neuroscience and cognitive theory. Even before the pandemic, he has been interested in leveraging old and new technologies to enhance learning opportunities for students.

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Kris Wright

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Kris Wright has been coaching and teaching high school students for 20 years. He also has more than 15 years experience designing curriculum and running summer camps. He is currently the Head Debate & Mock Trial Coach at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, where he teaches 6-12th grade. Most recently he coached 4 quarterfinalists and 1 semifinalist in World School debate at the NSDA Middle School National Tournament. He has also coached state champions in Lincoln Douglas (LD) and Policy debate, as well as runner-ups in LD. His students have consistently qualified to the state and national championships. He is the founder fo the Texas Debate Collective, a nonprofit debate camp hosted in Austin, Texas. Additionally, he is very involved in helping his seniors work on their college admissions. Students he has coached on writing college essays have attended elite colleges across the country, including SMU, Columbia, Georgetown, UT Austin, Emory, and Dartmouth. He also enjoys playing video games and relaxing outside with his cat, Lily.

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