Luca Zislin is a graduating senior at American Heritage school in Plantation, Fl. She started debate in sixth grade and is currently in her seventh year of congressional debate. In congressional debate, she has placed twice at both Nationals and TOC, finaled at Harvard, Yale and Bronx among others, championed the Sunvitational and collected over 25 career bids. Outside of debate, she enjoys learning Mandarin, writing political commentary and listening to Phoenix.
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.
Luke Tillitski is a senior at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his first three years of high school, he spent the majority of his time competing in Congressional Debate. Most notably, Luke is the 2018 NSDA national champion in Congressional Debate – Senate. He has won five other national tournaments (Glenbrooks, Crestian, Crestian Round Robin, Blue Key Round Robin, and Durham Academy) in addition to placing in the top six at several others, including the Tournament of Champions, Emory, Bronx, and the Bronx Round Robin. In his career, Luke has amassed 15 total bids to the Tournament of Champions and has been ranked as highly as #1 in the country by DebateRankings.com. Luke is one of twelve members of the NSDA selected for the USA National Team. Being one of two delegates from the state of North Carolina selected for the United States Senate Youth Program and holding the office of senior class president, Luke is eager to lead and serve. He can’t wait for an amazing year with the ISD family.
Sahaj Singh is a senior at Carroll Senior High School in Texas, where he has served as the school’s congressional debate captain for three years. In his career, Sahaj championed the New York City Invitational and the Texas State Debate tournament. In addition, he has placed 2nd at the Yale Debate Invitational, 4th at the Harvard National Congress, 4th at the Blue Key Debate Tournament, 7th at the Glenbrooks Debate Tournament, and was a finalist at the Tournament of Champions. Most notably, Sahaj won the Overall Leadership Bowl at the Harvard National Congress and was the championship presiding officer at the NSDA National Senate. Over the last six years, he has been ranked as high as #1 in the nation by the NSDA and has amassed over 25 bids to the Tournament of Champions. Sahaj is very excited to join the ISD family and coach the next generation.
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!
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!
Jose Quinones is a two time ISD alumnus. He competed in Extemporaneous Speaking for all four years of his time at Cypress Bay High School where he is currently the Extemp Co-Captain. Despite this, Jose also managed to find success outside of his own event, reaching Top 8 at NSDA Nationals in Worlds Schools Debate and winning Oratory at the UK Season Opener. Throughout his extemp career Jose has reached numerous out rounds. In his junior year he reached finals at the New York City Invitational and Championed the Sunvitational in Florida. During his senior year he has reached final rounds at tournaments including the University of Kentucky Season Opener, Florida Blue Key, Patriot Games, The Sunvitational, Glenbrooks and most recently championed the Harvard Tournament and Florida State Tournament, as well as being invited to MBA. After experiencing it himself, Jose is so excited to share with others the ISD Difference this summer!