Student Success Stories

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Elise Z.

Elise joined KSDA in the fall semester of 7th grade. She was enrolled in both speech and debate classes and quickly excelled and took top places at national level tournaments. Elise's dad said, "I have seen significant passion and growth since Elise joined your academy in January!" Elise finds KSDA coaches to be excellent, passionate and encouraging in aiding Elise to reach her goals. Mrs. Luu recognized Elise's talent in art and asked her to head the publications team. The coaching team were all instrumental in helping her become quickly competitive as well as ease her nerves and guiding her to become a better speaker. In just one year, she has learned PF, Congress, Prose, Poetry, Informative, Declamation, Extemp, and Impromptu.

Awards: 

  • 5th place in Oral Interpretation at the 2021 Middle School Tournament of Champions (TOC) at UK

  • 3rd place in Oral Interpretation and 3rd place in Declamation at 2021 Pre-nationals Middle School Tournament

  • 2nd place in Congressional Debate at 2022 NSDA Springboard Scrimmage 18

  • Accepted in Phillips Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Loomis Chaffee; incoming third former

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Natalie P.

Graduated from KSDA in 2019

Competes in Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking

Awards: 

  • 16 Tournament of Champions (TOC) Bids in Congress

  • Semi-Finals at the 2021 NSDA National Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • 7th Place in the Yale University Invitational (as a sophomore)

  • Finals at the Emory National Tournament (as a junior)

  • 7 Time TFA State Qualifier 

  • 8th Place in International Extemp at the TFA State Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • Semi-Finals at the TFA State Tournament in Congress and International Extemp (as a sophomore and junior)

  • Invited to the 2022 Harvard University Round Robin (as a junior)

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Ethan L.

Graduated from KSDA in 2019
Competes in Public Forum Debate

Awards: 

  • 13 Tournament of Champions (TOC) Bids

  • 3 Time TFA State Qualifier 

  • 2 Time Qualifier to the NSDA National Tournament (as a sophomore and junior)

  • 2 Time Qualifier to the Tournament of Champions (as a sophomore and junior)

  • Ranked as high as 9th in Texas and 17th in the nation in PF (as junior)

  • Top Speaker and Champion at the Plano West National Tournament (as a junior)

  • 4th best speaker at the Stanford National Tournament (as a sophomore)

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Michael W.

Graduated from KSDA in 2019
Competes in Public Forum Debate

Awards: 

  • 13 Tournament of Champions Bids

  • 2 Time TOC Qualifier

  • 2 Time TFA State Qualifier

  • 2 Time Qualifier to the NSDA National Tournament

  • Ranked as high as 9th in the state of Texas and 17th in the nation for PF

  • Champion of the Plano West National Tournament

  • Semi-finalist at the Grapevine National Tournament

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Arjun S.

Graduated from KSDA in 2018
Competes in Public Forum Debate

Awards: 

  • Ranked 12th in the nation (as a junior)

  • 12 Tournament of Champions (TOC) Bids

  • Two Time TFA State Qualifier (as a sophomore and junior)

  • Qualified to the Tournament of Champions (as a junior)

  • Champion of the Presentation Round Robin out of the 8 teams selected nationally

  • 5th place at the Emory National Tournament (as a junior)

  • Co-champion of the Grapevine Classic (as a senior)

  • 10th place at the Princeton National Tournament (as a junior)

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Arnav M.

Graduated from KSDA in 2019
Competes in Public Forum Debate

Awards: 

  • 5 Tournament of Champions (TOC) bids

  • 2 time TFA State Qualifier 

  • Qualifier to the Tournament of Champions

  • Champion of the University of Houston Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • Champion of Alta National Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • 9th speaker at the Bronx National Tournament

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Chris L.

Graduated from KSDA in 2019

Competes in Lincoln Douglass Debate
 

Awards: 

  • 2 Time TFA State Qualifier

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Jaylon M.

Graduated from KSDA in 2021
Competes in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking

Awards: 

  • 1st Place at the Stanford National Invitational in Novice Extemp (in 8th grade)

  • All Awards below are from his freshman year of HS:

  • 2 Tournament of Champions (TOC) Bids

  • Two Time Qualifier for the TFA State Tournament 

  • 1st Place in the Katy Taylor TOC Tournament 

  • 1st Place in the Spartan Ram Classic 

  • 2nd Place in the Clear Falls Knight Tournament 

  • 4th Place at the Jersey Village Falcon Freeze

  • 5th place at the Alief Elsik Early College Ram Knight Swing

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Parth N.

Graduated from KSDA in 2020
Competes in Congressional Debate

Awards: 

  • Two Time TFA State Qualifier (as a freshman and sophomore)

  • 1st Place at the Jersey Village Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • 3rd Place at the Spartan Ram Fall Classic (as a sophomore)

  • 9th Place at the Churchill TOC Bid Tournament (as a sophomore)

  • 7th Place at the Stratford Tournament (as a sophomore)

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Jason Z.

Graduated from KSDA in 2021
Competes in Public Forum Debate 

Awards: 

  • Qualified to the TFA State Tournament (as a freshman)

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David L.

Graduated from KSDA in 2021
Competes in Public Forum Debate

Awards: 

  • Qualified to the TFA State Tournament (as a freshman