Jun-Yong (Jun) Kim competed for four years at Seven Lakes High School in Texas and currently competes in Parliamentary Debate for the Harvard College Debating Union. He has been nationally ranked in both Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. He is a three-time national finalist in Congressional Debate as well as a six-time state finalist in Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. Competitively, he is a three-time finalist at the University of Texas Tournament, which he championed in 2017. Outside of Texas, he is a two-time finalist at the Emory Barkley Forum and the Harvard Debate Tournament. Moreover, he championed the Sunvitational and the Round Robin in 2018. Jun placed third at the NSDA National Tournament his junior year and was the top presiding officer. At his penultimate tournament his senior year, he finished as the National Runner-Up. As a coach, he has helped students place at multiple national tournaments. He is incredibly excited to return to ISD this summer!
Brittany Stanchik is in her eighth year coaching Congressional Debate at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ and is the new Director of Forensics at DV. Over the course of her coaching career, she has coached numerous TOC qualifiers, including 7 finalists, 18 NSDA National Finalists, and 7 National Semifinalists. In 2014 alone, Brittany coached five students to the Final Round of Congressional Debate at NSDA Nationals.
Brittany understands the need to preserve the tradition and educational aspects of Congressional Debate but has learned the progression that naturally comes with the event; she teaches students how to adapt in a quickly changing environment by having them focus equally on three pillars: argumentation, presentation, and refutation.
During her personal career, Ms. Stanchik was in the 2009 NSDA National Congress Final and the 2010 NSDA National Quarter finals for Public Forum Debate. She graduated from Arizona State University where she majored in Communication and Justice Studies. She can’t wait to spend another summer with her ISD Family!
Becca teaches English and Humanities at Hawken Upper School in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her B.A. in English at Ohio State and her Master’s in Education at Harvard. While she chaperoned the Hawken team’s trip to Harvard in 2016 simply to visit friends from grad school, she quickly fell in love with Speech and Debate and the hardworking, passionate students who channel their voices through the activity. At Hawken, she primarily coaches Extemp and Congress. Her Extempers and Congressional debaters have earned over 50 bids to the TOC since she began coaching in 2016; they’ve reached semifinal and final rounds at UK, Yale, Minneapple, Glenbrooks, ASU, Emory, Stanford, the Ohio Speech and Debate Association state tournament, TOC, NCFL Grand Nationals, and NSDA Nationals. In the 2018-19 season, she coached the state champion Congressional debater in Ohio, the TOC champion presiding officer, and the 8th place representative in the House at NSDA Nationals. She loves coaching Congress and ISD, and can’t wait for another fantastic summer!