2014 SFI Campers

Camper Testimonials

Want to know what the 2014 SFI participants are saying?  Read their comments In the Spotlight.

I've attended Bradley SFI for the last three years. Each summer I have met people who have inspired me, cultivated my talents, and most importantly, fostered my growth as an individual. Because of SFI, I qualified for state as a sophomore, earned 2nd in the state for Special Occasion Speaking as a junior and senior. Every year I come back from camp as a stronger performer and a better person, a testament to the nurturing, coaching, and love that the team provides you during not only the two weeks you spend in Peoria, but for the rest of your speech season and your life.

- Kaveri Sharma, Multiple IHSA State Finalist in Special Occasion Speaking


SFI provided me with knowledge, friendship, and experience that I will value for a lifetime. Upon leaving camp, I not only took valuable information for my success and pride in my performances, I took home some of my best memories and friendships.

- Blake Bullock, IHSA State Finalist in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation


Bradley SFI is an exhausting experience. It is also one of the most productive things you can do as a speaker and a student.  The six total weeks I spent at SFI were some of the most rewarding I have ever had.

- Sam Niiro, Multiple IHSA State Finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking


I know that I have a second home at Bradley and have become a part of an amazing family. SFI has undeniably changed me, and I am so grateful for the love and inspiration of our coaches. I love you all, and I feel so lucky to have met you all.

- Julia Rabin


Attending the Bradley Summer Forensics Institute has been one of the best experiences of my life. Coming into camp I knew virtually nothing about Original Oratory - when I left I was prepared to compete at the national level. More importantly, SFI taught me how to value and respect speech.  I recommend SFI to anyone who wants to push themselves, have a ridiculous amount of fun, meet intelligent people, and compete at the highest level of forensics.

- Andy Braden, NCFL Finalist in Original Oratory


I was dreading camp in the weeks beforehand. I had never been away from home for so long, and it sounded scary and difficult. And I was right. It was scary and difficult, but it was also amazing and fun. I have never learned so much or met so many wonderful people in such a short amount of time. So thank you all for giving me this opportunity, it meant the world to me.

- Claire Bratzel


This camp was a life changing experience for me and I can't wait to go home and share what I've learned with my team. I learned so much about myself and forensics in general and had an amazing time getting to know everyone and getting to work with all these incredible people.  

- Todd Bowles


Thanks to everyone who made this experience at this camp the best it could be.  I learned so much from all the coaches, and really found out what it means to be on the speech team. It was an amazing two weeks of work and discovery, and I wouldn't change anything.

- Hannah Burmahl


It's funny how just two weeks can inspire you so much, but thanks to all the wonderful coaches and people I worked with, I feel very driven and determined to work hard with my piece and my team this season. I've gained a whole new perspective on speech, and my life is forever changed (in a good way!). I'm so thankful for all the lessons learned and the talent I've been around. We laughed, we cried, and even if it is a little cliche, I love you all. Thank you for an two amazing weeks!

- Coral Opem


I never thought something like a camp could change my life, but SFI has. Everyone there has inspired me to work harder, appreciate everything, and to be a better person. I'm still so upset that I had to leave you all, but we'll see each other again soon.  When someone becomes part of your family, you never really leave them. Bradley is my second family and always will be. Thank you all so much for everything you have given me. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful two weeks.

- Kylie Caligiuri


It's crazy to think about how much everyone grew in such a short period of time, and it could not have been done without such a caring and talented staff. Bradley is different from other camps because we are a family--I've been other places and nowhere has come close to comparing to SFI. I already can't wait for next summer. I better see all of you back at camp then!

- Annie Schuver