CBI is now ISD

Dear Friends,

When we founded ISD seven years ago, we did so with a desire to do things differently. Having worked at a variety of summer camps around the country, we knew that there were things that could be done better to enhance the student experience and support instructors in the speech & debate community. Today, as we look ahead to our 8th institute at #ISD2020, we are excited that ISD continues to expand in order to provide even more access to the #ISDDifference for more students across the country. Last year, we expanded our program offerings to include all NSDA main events other than Policy Debate. This year, we are proud to offer three locations (ISD: Colorado, ISD: Florida, and ISD: Carolina) and today we are announcing that CBI is now ISD.

Acquiring CBI allows us to continue to expand access to more students across the country and introduce hundreds of new students, parents, and coaches to the differences that make ISD so special. As we begin this next chapter, we are more committed than ever to the founding values of ISD. We will continue to provide students with a safe and fun environment that treats every student equally. We will always prioritize learning fundamental skills over a quick trick to win the next round or ballot, because there is more to this activity than winning. We will continue to provide students with individualized attention and access to all of our championship instructors, because we never value one student over another. We remain committed to pay equity for our faculty and being an industry leader in safety and security standards. And most importantly, we will always foster an inclusive community in the ISD Family that extends far beyond the last day of camp and supports students throughout their entire speech & debate career and beyond.

What started as an idea scribbled on a napkin in 2012 has grown into one of the nation’s most respected speech & debate institutes with over 1,700 alumni. This journey would not have been possible without the tremendous support of so many students, faculty, parents, coaches, family, and friends, and we are humbled by the trust that you have placed in us summer after summer. As the season progresses, we will continue to share exciting news and announcements with you as we prepare to host our best institute ever. We cannot wait to welcome hundreds of more students into our family at ISD 2020 and continue to share the #ISDDifference.

We wish you the very best of luck this season and can’t wait to see you at #ISD2020!

Jason Kline, Jonathan Peele, and Chase Williams
ISD Co-Founders and Co-Directors

An Exciting September for the ISD Family!

It’s been an exciting month for our ISD Family! Congratulations to all of our alumni, #ISD2020 instructors, and their coaches on a tremendous month!

Some students won tournaments, some earned TOC bids, some broke for the first time, and others earned their first win or 1 – but all of them grew as speakers and debaters – and that is what is most important!

At the Yale Inviational:

In Public Forum Debate:

Acton-Boxborough (Handel) – Quarterfinalists
Ransom Everglades MG (Marcus & Gold) – Octafinalists
Durham OK (Owens & Kim) – Double-Octafinalists
Ransom Everglades TS (Tariko & Schurr) – Double-Octafinalists
Richard Montgomery GL (Guo) – Double-Octafinalists
Hawken EG (El-Kaissi & Griffin) – Double-Octafinalists
Gunn BB (I. Balakrishnan) – Double-Octafinalists
Dalton BS (Breen & Solomon) – Triple-Octafinalists
NSU AG (Arias & Gutkin) – Triple-Octafinalists
Trinity Prep HR (Huang – ISD 2020 Jr. Instructor) – Triple-Octafinalists
Durham HL (Hays & Longley) – Triple-Octafinalists
Montgomery Blair TK (Tang & Keshav) – Triple-Octafinalists
Charles Flanagan DG (De Leon & Gold) – Triple-Octafinalists
Charlotte Latin NS (Neligan & Spicer) – Triple-Octafinalists

Top Speaker – Adriana Kim – Durham Academy
4th Speaker – Ishan Balakrishnan – Gunn
6th Speaker – Andrew Owens – Durham Academy

In Congressional Debate:

Luke Tyson – Sewickley Academy – 3rd Place
Emma Sedlak – Hawken – 5th Place
Michael Evrard-Vescio – FAU – Finalist
Lewis Dubrowski – Ardrey Kell HS – Finalist
Michael Bendok – Phoenix Country Day School – Semifinalist
Reya Brahmbhatt – Ridge HS – Semifinalist
Nivedan Dharmavaram – Hillsborough HS – Semifinalist
Emily Donaldson – Durham Academy – Semifinalist
Isaac Kan – Desert Vista HS – Semifinalist
Gordon Li – Ridge HS – Semifinalist
Karim Limayem – C. Leon King HS – Semifinalist
Chris Raymond – Lake Highland Prep – Semifinalist
Amar Vyas – Hawken – Semifinalist
Angela Yan – A. W. Dreyfoos School for the Arts – Semifinalist

In Extemporaneous Speaking:

Mo Marks – Theodore Roosevelt HS – Tournament Runner-Up!
Juliette Reyes – American Heritage Plantation – 4th Place
Sam Li – Hawken – Semifinalist
Michelle Liu – Ardrey Kell HS – Quarterfinalist
Marco Munoz – A.W. Dreyfoos School for the Arts – Quarterfinalist
Krishna Sanaka – Hawken – Quarterfinalist
Shria Shyam – North Allegheny Senior HS – Quarterfinalist
Emma Pereda – NSU Univrersity School – Quarterfinalist
Dylan Jansky – Scarsdale – Octafinalist
Bhrajit Thankur – Trinity Prep – Octafinalist
Vivek Beeram – St. Mary’s Hall HS – Octafinalist
Abhinav Vittal – Scarsdale HS – Octafinalist
Aditya Kalahasti – Solon – Octafinalist
Veronica Bloomberg – NSU University School – Octafinalist

In Original Oratory:

Chandini Toleti – Lake Highland Prep – Quarterfinalist
Zayn Malik – St. John’s School – Quarterfinalist

In Humorous Interpretation:

Alex Lim – Cary Academy – Semifinalist

In JV Public Forum Debate:

Poly Prep ST (Tiesi) – Octafinalists

In JV Lincoln Douglas Debate:

Elaine Liu – Charlotte Latin School – TOURNAMENT CHAMPION
Casey Powell – Cary Academy – Semifinalist
Allie Chandler – Cary Academy – Quarterfinalist
Natasha Sachar – Cary Academy – Double-Octafinalist
Aadesh Anchaliya – Durham Academy – Double-Octafinalist

At the Valley Mid America Cup:

In Public Forum Debate:

Poly Prep HD (Humes) – Octafinalists
Poly Prep ML (Meyer) – Octafinalists
Poly Prep WS (Wright & Schaefer) – Octafinalists


At the Holy Cross School Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition:

In Public Forum Debate:



At the 31st Annual Grapevine Classic:

In Public Forum Debate:

St. Mary’s Hall TS – Co-Champions – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Colin Malinak
Plano West YL – Co-Champiopns – Coached by ISD. Sr. Instructor Robey Holland
Plano West ZS – Semifinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Robey Holland
Plano West HL – Quarterfinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Robey Holland
Elkin AP (Akbar) – Octafinalists
Plano West AW – Octafinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Robey Holland
LC Anderson FK (Foster & Karchmer) – Double-Octafinalists
Elkins HU (Hasib) – Double-Octafinalists
St. Mary’s Hall PH – Double-Octafinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Colin Malinak

In Congressional Debate:

Faizan Asif – Seven Lakes – TOURNAMENT CHAMPION – ISD 2020 Jr. Instructor

In U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking:

Sebastian Javadpoor – Semifinalist – Arizona College Prep, Erie Campus

In Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking:

Matthew McQuistion – 6th Place – Casady School


At the National Speech & Debate Season Opener hosted by UK:

In Public Forum Debate:

Fairmont Prep BR – Tournament Runners-Up – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Gabe Rusk
Fairmont Prep GS (Gumlia & Shin) – Semifinalists
Fairmont Prep KO (Kim & Ong) – Octafinalists
Lincoln WM (Walker & Moberly) – Octafinalists
Hawken KM (Mukunda) – Double-Octafinalists
Richard Montgomery GL (Guo) – Double-Octafinalists
Fairmont Prep JC – Double-Octafinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Gabe Rusk
Poly Prep LM (Meyer) – Double-Octafinalists
Chagrin Falls MH (Mills & Haines) – Double-Octafinalists
Charlotte Latin NS (Neligan & Spicer) – Triple-Octafinalists
Durham SO (Owens) – Triple-Octafinalists – Alum and ISD 2020 Jr. Instructor
Cranbrook RS (Ren & Si) – Triple-Octafinalists
Fairmont Prep SS – Triple-Octafinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Gabe Rusk
Brentwood MR (Memon) – Triple-Octafinalists
Ivy Bridge KX (Xu) – Triple-Octafinalists
Acton-Boxborough CL (Choudhury) – Triple-Octafinalists

In Congressional Debate:

Cassandra Berlin – Tournament Runner-Up – Hawken
Michael Evrard-Vescio – 3rd Place – FAU HS
Isaac Slevin – 6th Place – Evanston Township
Nathan Darmon – Finalist – Poly Prep
Jack Bukovnik – Hawken – Finalist – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Becca Marks
Harrison Horrell – Finalist – Evanston Township

In Extemporaneous Speaking:

Mo Marks – TOURNAMENT CHAMPION – Theodore Roosevelt HS – Alumna and ISD 2020 Jr. Instructor
Tristan Wertanzl – Tournament Runner-Up – Cypress Bay

In Original Oratory:

Cory Wurtenberger – 4th Place – Cypress Bay

In Junior Varsity Public Forum:

Fairmont GB – Semifinalists – Coached by ISD Sr. Instructor Gabe Rusk