Jackson DeConcini is a member of the Dartmouth Forensics Union and debates in College Policy for the Dartmouth team. He competed in Lincoln Douglas for Brentwood School for four years. He placed 2nd overall at the 2018 NSDA LD Championship Tournament and placed 5thoverall at the 2017 NSDA Tournament during his junior year. In his senior year, he also earned four bids to the Tournament of Champions. Jackson made it to late elimination rounds of many national tournaments, including the semi-final rounds of both the Jack Howe and Golden Desert Invitationals. Jackson also received multiple speaker awards, including 2nd speaker at the College Prep School Invitational. He was a junior staffer for ISD last year and is excited to return to ISD this summer!
Amanda is a senior at West Broward and is wrapping up her past four years in LD. Next year she will be attending the University of Mary Washington to begin her studies for her major in political science and will be partaking in collegiate policy debate. She has reached several late elimination rounds on the national circuit as well as reaching finals at the Blue Key Round Robin her junior year, and closing out the Tradition Round Robin being the only female to have participated her senior year. During her career she has been ranked 2nd in the state of Florida and 8th in the nation. She has used her debate skills to represent the LatinX community in and out of circuit debate, within her TV Production program, being the editor-in-chief of her schools yearbook program, and also being a part of the New Voice which is a student lead news organization that specializes in giving the youth a forum to express themselves. Not only does she believe that everyone has the potential to create change, but she hopes that she can inspire younger debaters to embrace every opportunity they have to transform the world we live in. Amanda is very excited to become a part of the ISD Family and is looking forward to working with all the ISD students this summer!
Emma Blum is a senior at Brentwood School, where she is a captain of the debate team. Having competed in Lincoln Douglas for four years, she placed second overall at the 2018 California High School Speech Association Championship in Lincoln Douglas Debate. She also won the Jack Howe Long Beach Debate Tournament in Lincoln Douglas – Open in 2018. Emma made it to elimination rounds at numerous national tournaments over the course of her high school career, including the quarterfinals of Meadows, Golden Desert, and Loyola. Additionally, she ranked in the top 28 debaters in Lincoln Douglas at the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament. A four-time qualifier to the California High School Speech Association Championship and a three-time qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament, Emma has enjoyed her time as a Lincoln Douglas debater immensely. She is so excited to coach at ISD this summer!
Crawford Leavoy is in his second year as the Director of Speech & Debate at Durham Academy in Durham, NC. Throughout his five years coaching throughout the Southeast, Crawford has coached multiple TOC Qualifiers, NCFL Qualifiers and NSDA Qualifiers. His students have gone on to be the Runner-Ups & 3rd Place in Public Forum in NSDA, 9th Place in Lincoln Douglas, 9th Place in International Extemporaneous Speaking and multiple Semifinalists in Congressional Debate.
Crawford focuses into creating a diverse team with well-rounded students. He works closely with students in Lincoln-Douglas, Congressional Debate and Interpretation.
Crawford serves on the NSDA’s Lincoln-Douglas Wording Committee, NSDA Tarheel East District Chair and the Director of Debate for the Dogwood Speech and Debate League.