Debaters earn top 10 and top 20 finishes in Nashville
The varsity debate team of juniors Riler Holcombe and Jack Moore earned 9th place honors this past weekend at the Southern Bell Forum Tournament held at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. The MBA tournament is consider the “Wimbledon of High School” debate because they invite the top 64 schools in the country and highlight southern traditions and hospitality including Grammy nominated musicians played at the opening assembly. Holcombe and Moore finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-2 record and earned the 11th seed competing against teams from Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, Kansas City an the host school MBA before losing a 2-1 decision to Greenhill in the elimination rounds for 9th place. The Jesuit team of junior Adam Hall and senior Chris Tran also finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-2 record competing against teams from Greenhill, Chicago, and Bellarmine from California and earned the 17th seed but unfortunately only the top 16 qualify for the elimination rounds. Jesuit was one of only three schools to have two teams in the top 20 and four teams from Dallas were in the top 16 seeds illustrating the strength of Dallas debate nationally. Jesuit has a long history with the MBA tournament which began in 1982. Jesuit debaters won the tournament in 1985, earned 3rd in 2011, and have been in the top 10 five times.