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Carrying forward a tradition as old as Jesuit Dallas itself, senior Tejas Murugesh was part of the first of four teams from Jesuit to qualify for the 2023 Texas Forensic Association State Debate Championships after winning the Southlake Carroll Debate Tournament while earning additional honors as top individual speaker.

A three-year varsity letter winner and three-time state qualifier for Jesuit Dallas Debate, Tejas and his partner and classmate, Lawrence Jin, have earned a number of top finishes this season, including impressive performances at the University of Texas, Blake School Invitational in Minnesota, and the prestigious Barkley Forum Debates hosted by Emory University. Last season, Tejas earned a top-10 finish at the state championships en route to all-state honors.

“Tejas has achieved a tremendous amount of success as a debater, and this season, he and Lawrence have solidified their place as one of the top 50 teams in the nation,” shared one of his coaches. “Tejas is an exceptional young man and is always eager to put his best foot forward.”

A freshman retreat leader, Jesuit Big Brother, and contributor to The Roundup, Tejas is also a service site ambassador at The Connecting Point, where he works to integrate his peers into the various roles and activities. “Tejas has a special talent for bringing out the best in others and creating an atmosphere of teamwork,” added a faculty member. “The adults with special needs at The Connecting Point have benefitted immensely from his leadership, and the agency representatives are impressed with his initiative and guidance, as well as his engagement with the participants and his fellow Jesuit teammates.”

Congratulations to Ranger of the Week, Tejas Murugesh.