Bennett Dombcik debated in LD for Durham Academy for three years and was the captain of the LD team his senior year. Throughout his career, Bennett accumulated 5 bids to the TOC and championed multiple tournaments. He also reached elimination rounds at Emory, Bronx, Harvard, Blue Key, Holy Cross, Newman, and Arizona State. Bennett cannot wait to work with you this summer at ISD!
Olivia is an ISD alumni who debated for Fairmont Preparatory Academy for seven years and served as team captain during her junior and senior years. While competing in Public Forum, she earned 17 career bids, co-championed the Cal Round Robin, and won speaker awards including 1st at the Cal Round Robin, 2nd at MinneApple, 3rd at Stanford, 4th at UNLV, and 5th at Glenbrooks. She is as dedicated to cultivating a more inclusive debate community as achieving competitive success, and started Fairmont’s Board of Female Directors to recruit, empower, and represent her team’s female debaters. In her free time, Olivia is a national-level artistic roller skater and lifelong Girl Scout. She is psyched to see you this summer!
Kelly Kong is a senior at Edgemont High School and has debated for the past 5 years. She attended TOC her junior year, and has debated numerous elimination rounds at tournaments like Glenbrooks, Bronx, Blake and UK. Notably, she reached quarterfinals at Emory and Harvard, and championed the Lakeland Round Robin. She has also earned several speaker awards at tournaments like Emory and Blake, and placed in the top 3 speakers at Lexington, Lakeland, and the Glenbrooks Round Robin. She’s an alumna of ISD and is very excited to return this summer!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Mo Marks is a two time ISD Alumna. She competed in both extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking all four years of her time at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where she is currently the captain of the speech and debate team. Mo has excelled locally, winning five state championships so far as well as qualifying to NSDAs three times so far. She has also had success on the national circuit with final round appearances at Yale, Florida Blue Key, Glenbrooks, Crestian, Patriot Games, Montgomery Bell Academy, Marshall, and Harvard. She quarterfinaled at ETOC twice in extemp, semifinaled once at UKTOC in extemp, and she finaled at ETOC in impromptu. In 2019, she won the NSDA national tournament in Impromptu! Mo also works to strengthen her community by coaching middle school PF and oratory as well as working with her novice team mates to increase their skills. Mo can’t wait to help more students from around the country experience the ISD difference this summer!
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!