The Jesuit Debate Team successfully began the 2020-21 competitive season this past weekend with 2 varsity teams finishing in the top 20 and a JV team finishing 5th at the Grapevine Invitational. The three days of online competition hosted by Grapevine High School included over 120 teams from across the country and the globe (all time zones plus Hawaii, and Taiwan). Four Jesuit teams competed in five preliminary rounds of online competition on Friday and Saturday with the top 32 teams in varsity and the top 8 in JV advancing to the elimination rounds on Sunday. Jesuit had three teams qualify for the elimination rounds.
In the varsity division, the team of senior Jack Martin and Joshua Ramos finished the preliminary rounds with a 3-2 record competing against teams from Utah, Hawaii, Michigan, Washington, and San Antonio before losing to a team from South Dakota in the first elimination round for the top 20 finish. The varsity team of senior Justin Burns and junior Aarin Jain also finished the preliminary rounds with a 3-2 record competing against teams from California, Austin, Houston, and Florida before losing to top seed San Antonio Reagan in the first elimination rounds for their top 20 finish. In addition to the team awards and because of their top 20 finish, each of the varsity teams also earned their first of ten qualifying points for the Texas State Championships in March.
In the junior varsity or second year division, the team of sophomores Tejas Murugesh and Jon Noquil debated teams from Dallas, Houston, Utah, Michigan, and Oregon. They also finished the preliminary rounds with a 3-2 record before losing to a team from Portland in the quarterfinals of the JV division for 5th place.
All high schools across the country debate the same national resolution with each individual debate being about a sub-topic of the national topic. This year we are debating an incredibly timely and important topic. The national high school resolution for the 2020-2021 school year is: Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.