Maryrose Kohan is the head coach and a full-time speech and debate educator at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, where she has coached for the past 12 years. She is the coach of the 2010 TOC PF Champions and her students placed 13th at NSDA Nationals in 2014. Additionally, she has coached students to late elimination rounds in Public Forum and other events at invitational tournaments around the country including Bronx, UC Berkeley, Alta, Glenbrooks, and Stanford. She can’t wait to work with students this summer at ISD: Colorado!
Andrew Owens is a three-time ISD alumnus. He has participated in Public Forum Debate for four years in high school at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina and serves as the Debate Novice Trainer. Andrew has had plenty of competitive success, reaching elimination rounds at Harvard, Presentation, Florida Blue Key, The Glenbrooks, Laird Lewis, University of Kentucky, Yale, Big Bronx, and NSDA Nationals. In addition, he quarter-finaled at George Mason University, championed the Holy Cross Invitational, and was Runner-Up in North Carolina his junior year, while being ranked #1 in North Carolina by the NSDA. Overall, Andrew and his partner Adriana have consistently been ranked among the top teams in the nation over the last two years. Andrew is thrilled to continue teaching and learning at the Institute for Speech and Debate this summer!
Roshni competed in Public Forum for four years at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, serving as Public Forum Captain and Vice President of Debate for three of those years. She reached late out rounds and received a total of seven bids at various competitive national tournaments, including the Stanford, Berkeley, and Glenbrooks invitationals, as well as winning the Voices invitational and the Berkeley Round Robin and advancing to elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions.
Fabiola Sepulveda is a senior at Cypress Bay High School in South Florida, where she is also the PF captain. Over the first three years of her competitive career, Fabiola has reached late elimination rounds at nationally competitive tournaments such as Blue Key, Sunvitational, Golden Desert, Bronx, and Berkeley. In addition, she qualified for the Tournament of Champions and NSDA National tournament her junior year. Outside of competitive success, Fabiola has made an impact in her community, where she not only mentors over a dozen teams at her school’s program but also middle schools within her school district. Fabiola has attended ISD twice as a camper and is beyond thrilled to return as an instructor!
Dori Schurr is a rising senior at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida and a 3-time alumnus of ISD. In fact, Dori learned how to compete in Public Forum at ISD 2017. She has competed in Public Forum for three years and is serving as the President of her team this year. Dori and her partner have reached late elimination rounds at various national tournaments, including the Cypress Bay Tradition, Blue Key Invitational, NSDA, Sunvitational, and received speaker awards at both the Harvard Forensics tournament and Cypress Bay Tradition. She has double-qualified to NSDA since her sophomore year, and won the district tournament in Public Forum as a junior.
In addition, Dori has been an active and integral member of Beyond Resolved (beyondresolved.org) since the end of her sophomore year, serving as the Southeast Regional Director for 2 years. She has written a number of articles telling her story in debate and uses the platform to make change in our community. Dori is excited to come back to the ISD family for her fourth year!
Jasper Ou is currently in his fifth year debating at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida where he serves as Captain of Public Forum. Jasper has amassed 8 bids to the Tournament of Champions, and has also reached deep elimination rounds at various tournaments including: Championing the Blue Key Invitational and Berkeley Round Robin as well as reaching finals at the Berkeley Invitational, Glenbrooks Invitational, and Yale Invitational in addition to earning numerous speaker awards. As of 11/20/18, Jasper and his partner are ranked #1 in the nation. Jasper is very excited to work at ISD this summer and can’t wait to contribute to the #ISDDifference!
Ishan Maunder is a senior at Mission San Jose High School and serves as the captain of MSJ Debate. Next year he will be attending the University of Chicago. As a junior, he won NSDA Nationals with his partner Devesh and reached Quarterfinals at the TOC. Over his career thus far, he has amassed 19 bids and 4 auto-qualifications to the TOC. He has also won numerous tournaments including: Bronx, the Bronx RR Final, University of Pacific, Alta, Blake, the Blake Round Robin, ASU (2x), MLK, Stanford, and the Berkeley Round Robin. He has also reached deep elimination rounds at a long list of other invitationals. Ishan is very excited to join the ISD Family and can’t wait to work with you this summer!
Albi Manfredi is a three-time ISD alumnus. He was highly competitive in Public Forum Debate for all four years of high school at Lake Mary Prep in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Albi amassed a total of 17 bids to the Tournament of Champions, semi-finaled at Yale and the Tournament of Champions, was the Florida State Runner-Up, and championed the Blue Key Round Robin, the Crestian Tradition, and the Sunvitational. Individually, he achieved top speaker at the Blake Tournament, Emory’s Barkley Forum, and Florida States. He finished his career placing 5th at NSDA Nationals. He could not be happier to be a part of the ISDDifference again this summer.
Tvisha Malik attends Cypress Woods High School in Houston, Texas and has been captain of the Cypress Woods PF team for the past three years and President of her debate program for both her Junior and Senior years. She has competed in Public forum debate since her freshman year and advanced to elimination rounds at numerous national tournaments including Harvard, Grapevine, The University of Texas, Holy Cross, Emory, Columbia and Isadore Newman. She was the 2017 Champion of Churchill, Georgetown and Bellaire with speakers awards at many other tournaments. Tvisha qualified to the Tournament of Champions, TFA state, and NSDA Nationals both her Sophomore and Junior year. She also competed in Worlds schools debate as a part of NSDA’s Team USA program her Junior year. She competed at many international tournaments in worlds, clearing at Cornell, Blake, Harvard and Bluebonnet. Outside of debate, Tvisha is active in the student government of her school and tutors children in reading and math regularly. She is an alumna of ISD and can’t wait to be returning for ISD 2019!
Anoosh Kumar is a rising senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando Florida. He has debated in public forum for 5 years, serving as team captain for the last 3. Anoosh has amassed 9 bids to the Tournament of Champions, where he reached quarter-finals in his junior year. In addition, Anoosh has championed the Blue Key Invitational and Berkeley Round Robin as well as reached finals at the Berkeley Invitational, Glenbrooks Invitational, and Yale Invitational. Anoosh has also earned numerous speaker awards and has been ranked as high as #1 in the nation. He is super excited for the opportunity to work at ISD this summer!