Noah Rabinovitch is currently studying at Northwestern University, but he recently graduated from Cypress Bay High School in Florida, where he was his team’s Speech and Debate co-captain. As a competitor, he competed in Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, and Duo interpretation. Noah is a two-time FFL State Champion, and has reached final rounds at the Florida Blue Key Invitational, the Nova Titan Invitational, Glenbrooks, the Sunvitational, GMU, the Tournament of Champions, and was a 2019 NSDA semifinalist in Original Oratory. Outside of speech, Noah is known by his peers for his fun personality, variety of haircuts, and Canadian dual citizenship. He had an amazing time experiencing the ISD difference last summer, and can’t wait to do it all again in 2020!
Avi Gulati is a Speech and Debate captain at The Harker School in San Jose, CA. He is competing for his seventh year with experience in nearly all events (Policy, World Schools, Public Forum, Congress, LD, Extemp, Impromptu, Informative, Dramatic Interp, and Oratory). Avi prides himself on his competitive success—winning titles at the Tournament of Champions, the Barkley Forum, Cal Berkeley Invitational, SCU, Stephen Stewart Invitational (twice), and Stanford (twice). He closed out the 2019 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Original Oratory with one of his friends. He has advanced to final rounds at The Glenbrooks, UOP, Bluekey, California State, James Logan, and Long Beach tournaments and currently holds the number one ranking by the NSDA in Original Oratory. This activity has given Avi so much, and it’s time for him to give back. Last summer, Avi structured communications curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School and taught oratory for a short period at Stanford University. This next summer, he is excited to help create the #ISDDifference at ISD 2020.
Maggie Woodward coaches Original Oratory and Informative Speaking at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, and has been involved in forensics as a competitor & a coach for 15 years. As a student, she was the Tennessee State Champion in Original Oratory, and a national finalist in 2008. During college, she competed for Western Kentucky University Forensics. She has taught or directed Oratory at multiple summer institutes, including WKU’s Summer Forensics Institute and the Florida Forensics Institute. Students she has coached have been finalists or champions at Wake Forest, Yale, Harvard, Emory, Bronx Science, TOC, and NSDA. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Mississippi and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Southern California. She is very excited to work with the students in ISD’s new Original Oratory program this summer!
Rachel West is super excited to be apart of the ISD difference! She has been coaching collegiate and highschool speech for 3 years. During her time at Western Kentucky University, she assisted in coaching Several Persuasive National Outround competitors, the top 3 National Finalists in After Dinner speaking for 2017, and the ADS National Runner Up in 2018. As the Assistant Director for Speech and Debate at Cypress Bay Highschool last year Rachel coached several Blue Key, Glenbrooks, Sunvite, Harvard, TOC, and NSDA Finalists and Champions. As Director at Cypress Bay this season, she hopes to continue helping students craft and refine their messages and can’t wait to do the same at ISD.