Tess has been doing speech & debate for 5 years, with national titles including two-time Original Oratory champion at Glenbrooks, making the NSDA stage in Informative Speaking, and appearing in final rounds of Oratory, Info, and POI and both the state and national levels. She’s a climate communication nerd whose best experience in high school was coaching novices as team captain, and she’s thrilled to extend that experience at ISD.
Ryan is a senior at Fairmont Preparatory Academy and Captain of the Fairmont Debate Team. Across his four years in Public Forum debate, he accrued 14 gold bids and qualified to the Tournament of Champions four times. Ryan also championed ASU, Berkeley, and Alta, made finals at Glenbrooks, and made semifinals at Kentucky where he earned first place speaker. Outside of tournaments, he coaches a parliamentary debate program at a local middle school. And in his free time, Ryan likes to play basketball and read books at any parks he finds.
Mukta is a 2022 graduate of Durham Academy, where she competed primarily in Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Original Oratory, and was Speech Captain her junior and senior year. She won 1st at the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions, 2nd place and the President’s Bowl in International Extemp at the NSDA National Championship, and 2nd at the NCFL Grand National Tournament. She is a double finalist in Extemp and Info at the Tournament of Champions, an MBA Round Robin Invitee, and has finaled at many tournaments including Harvard, Yale, Glenbrooks, Emory, GMU, Sunvite, and UK. Her favorite parts of Speech and Debate have been cheesy extemp jokes, mentoring novices, and her teammates’ speech memes. She is excited to be a part of ISD this year!
Vishnu is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been ranked 1st in the nation by the National Debate Coaches Association and National Speech and Debate Association, qualified to the Tournament of Champions Gold division three times, reaching octos-finals his junior year and earning an auto-qualification to next year’s tournament. He has accumulated fourteen bids to the TOC, won the Yale tournament and Georgetown three-times, semifinaled at Columbia and Stanford. Outside of debate, he founded the International Youth Debate Initiative, a non-profit organization that breaks down the financial barriers in debate around the world; he has taught over 55 students from 10 countries. His hobbies include writing for his school’s newspaper, playing baseball and going on hikes. Vishnu is stoked to join the ISD staff and meet this year’s campers!
Reya Brahmbhatt is the senior captain of the congressional debate team at Ridge High School in New Jersey. By the end of her junior year, Reya placed 3rd at the NCFL nationals, reached the final round at the NSDA Senate nationals, and the semifinal rounds at the NSDA House nationals and the Tournament of Champions. She is a 3 time-qualifier to the TOC with 16+ bids. Additionally, she championed the Blake Round Robin and Villiger along with top-six finishes at Sunvite, Blake, and Pennsbury. She also competed in several semifinal and final rounds including Yale, Harvard, and GMU.
Reya enjoys congressional debate not only for its unique structure and argumentation but also because of the invaluable experiences it has given her. She’s very excited to be coaching at ISD this summer!
Katheryne debated at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland, where she served as President of Speech and Debate and Inclusivity Captain of the PF team. She has competed in PF on the national circuit for three years, earning thirteen career gold and three silver bids to the Tournament of Champions. Over her career, Katheryne earned numerous speaker awards, including 1st speaker at Lexington, Lakeland, and the Harvard Round Robin, 3rd speaker at Valley and Blake, 4th speaker at the Blake Round Robin, and 5th speaker at Bronx. Also notably, she semifinaled the TOC, won Valley Mid-America Cup twice, finaled the Harvard Round Robin, semifinaled Blake (2021) and the Blake Round Robin, quarterfinaled Harvard, Blake (2020), and Stanford, and reached late outrounds at several other tournaments. Outside of competing, Katheryne is the President of Beyond Resolved, where she works to combat many forms of inequity and make debate a more safe and accessible activity.
Carina is a senior at Richard Montgomery High School’s IB program and captain of the Potomac Debate Academy. She has been ranked as high as 1st in the nation by the National Speech and Debate Association in Public Forum, qualified for the Tournament of Champions four times, and in her junior year, won NSDA Nationals, accumulated seven gold bids, and reached semi-finals at the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford tournaments. She has also championed the Georgetown Invitational and Ridge Debates, founded her school’s national debate team to allow other students to participate at a national level, and leads Beyond Resolved’s Maryland chapter to alleviate gender, race, and wealth-based inequality in the activity. Outside of debate, Carina loves studying math and computer science, running, playing volleyball, and songwriting.
ISD helped Carina find her voice, and she’s incredibly excited to be an instructor this summer!
Jenesis Williams has competed in Original Oratory and Informative Speaking for the past four years at Cypress Bay High School, where she is the captain of the speech and debate team. She’s performed in the final rounds of the Florida Blue Key Invitational, the Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament, and the Harvard National Forensics Tournament, and she was a 2020 FFL State Champion. Jenesis is a four time NSDA national qualifier, placing 5th in 2019 and 9th in 2020 at the NSDA National Tournament in Informative Speaking. When she’s not competing, you can find her on the hunt for really good food, reading, or re-creating Swan Lake in her kitchen. Jenesis can’t wait to be a part of the ISD difference this summer!
Jared is currently studying at The Ohio State University and is an alumnus of Hawken School in Cleveland, OH. At Hawken, Jared served as the Interpretation Captain as well as the Vice President of Speech his senior year. Jared was ranked as high as 1st in the country in both HI and POI, and competed since 7th grade. Jared has reached late elimination rounds at many national tournaments including 2nd at Yale, 6th at Glenbrooks, 5th at GMU Patriot Games, 2nd at the Barkley Forum, Semifinals at the UK TOC, Top-60 at NSDA Nationals, and was a four time NSDA national qualifier. In addition, he championed the Sunvitational, the Stanford Invitational, the New York City Invitational, and was the 2019 OSDA State Champion in POI. Outside of speech, Jared can be caught dancing in public, talking in different voices at all the wrong times, and trying to put a smile on people’s faces. Jared is excited to continue giving back to the activity that gave him so much, and he can’t wait to welcome more Interpers into the ISD family in 2020!