Integrity Communication
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Brenda Sommers: Mrs. Sommers has been coaching LD and TP debate for over 7 years, and has a focus on training her students on how to consistently impact their arguments to the resolution, build solid cases, and how to explain ideas clearly to any audience.

Mrs. Sommers co-founded Integrity Communication Speech and Debate Camps with her son, Isaac Sommers, because they strongly believe that integrity is a vital and foundational component in Christian speech and debate (and indeed, for all of life). She has a particular passion for seeing students grow strong and secure in the understanding and sharing of of their faith. 

She is co-founder of  Hill Country Communicators (located in Boerne, TX, north of San Antonio ) and is currently a speech and debate coach for this wonderful club . Mrs. Sommers w as founding TP coach for EnGarde Speech & Debate club back in 2011, and coaches individual NCFCA competitors in Region 4. She has a particular passion for seeing students grow strong and secure in the understanding and sharing of of their faith.

Brenda is partners in life with the perfect man (for her) ! They have 6 active children (five teenagers!) and have together built their beautiful home (with their own hands) on a lovely little ranch in the Texas Hill Country. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys reading, studying various subjects, and teaching Christ-Centered Yoga at her local YMCA.



Emma Jaax: Emma is a high school senior and long-time competitor in forensics. In 2008, her family joined NCFCA, where she began her journey at the age of 9. After several years of tagging along, Emma was finally able to begin competing at the advanced level. During 4 years of competition, she has qualified to the Regional level 4 times and competed at the National level 3 times. This year, she and her partner were the 2017 Texas and Oklahoma Regional Team Policy 1st Place Champions. In 2016, she placed 4th at the Conroe Regional Qualifier in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Since competing in Moot Court at the 2017 Black Mountain National Open, Emma plans to continue Moot Court Debate during her senior year.

Emma has also excelled in individual speech events. She was the 2016 Spring Qualifier Persuasive Champion and at the 2017 Nacogdoches Qualifier, she received the Sweepstakes Champion award. During Regional Qualifying tournaments this year Emma has placed first as champion in Open Interpretation, Informative Speaking, and Impromptu. Emma qualified in six speech events at the Texas and Oklahoma Regional Championship, placing third overall in both Impromptu and Open Interpretation.

Passionate about communication, Emma has enjoyed the opportunities to teach and lead in both NCFCA and elsewhere. She just finished her term as club president for her speech and debate club, HCC (Hill Country Communicators) after serving as a student leader for two years. She has also had the opportunity use her communication skills in the political arena, working on two campaigns and being involved with a mock legislative training organization, Patriot Academy. Emma enjoys all forms of communication particularly speaking and music, is excited for more opportunities to train and grow more communicators for Christ.


Founder, Instructor, and Coach

Isaac Sommers: Isaac is a Senior at Howard Payne University, where he is double majoring in Public Policy & Civic Leadership, and Social Sciences with an emphasis in Jurisprudence, and minoring in English. In the Spring of 2015, Isaac volunteered with the Texas Home School Coalition as a full-time policy analyst, legislative liaison, and lobbyist (with the THSC Watchmen program), working the legislative session in Texas to help keep Texas families free.

Isaac is a former NCFCA and Stoa competitor, and has been blessed with great success in his six years of high school speech and debate competition. He is a 7-time nationally-placing competitor, and is one of the most decorated NCFCA alumni. (2010: 4th place in Lincoln-Douglas, 2011: 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas in NCFCA and 4th in LD in Stoa, 2012: 17th in Team Policy, and 2013: 5th in Lincoln-Douglas and 2nd Lincoln-Douglas Speaker; and in 2014: 4th in Team Policy, and 3rd in Parliamentary debate at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions). Isaac has also won three NCFCA National Opens, as well as several State and Regional champion titles in debate. Isaac also won Best Respondent and Best Petitioner at the Washington College of Law National High School Moot Court competition in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Isaac’s Parliamentary debate record also includes participation in Parli Nationals in 2011 and 2012. Isaac also has a distinguished record in speech events, including Apologetics and Extemporaneous Champion at the 2013 Alabama National Open, the 2013 Richardson Qualifier, both the 2013 and 2014 Texas State Championships, and 6th and 3rd in Extemp at the 2014 Stoa and NCFCA National Championships, respectively.

At the collegiate level with Howard Payne University, as a Freshman, Isaac and his partner won the Regional Moot Court competition, where Isaac also won Best Oralist. At the American Collegiate Moot Court Association 2015 National Championship they advanced to Semifinals, placing 3rd, where Isaac also placed 3rd best speaker overall. Isaac won second place in moot court at Regionals the next year, and clinched victory again his third year at Regionals, advancing to the National Championship each time, where he advanced to outrounds.


Isaac is currently serving as a Legal Intern in San Antonio during the Summer of 2017, and is studying for the LSAT. He plans to attend law school after he graduates from Howard Payne.

 

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