This year's Topic: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in one or more of the following areas: policing, forensic science and/or sentencing.

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Varsity Debaters earn 3rd Place and two top 20 speaker awards at Heart of Texas Invitational

The Varsity Debate Team of seniors Adam Hall and Garrett Nagorzanski earned Third Place Honors this past weekend at the Heart of Texas Invitational held at St. Mark’s. The Heart of Texas Invitational is one of the oldest national level tournaments bringing in 78 teams spanning the entire country. The two Jesuit teams competed against teams from Arkansas, California, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Houston, Austin, and the Dallas Metroplex over the three days.  In the preliminary rounds, Nagorzanski and Hall finished with a 4-2 record and earned the 13th seed. The Heart of Texas is unique in that only the top 16 teams qualify for the elimination rounds. They defeated 4th seed Austin Liberal Arts and Sciences in the sweet 16 and then the 5th seed McQueen Nevada in the quarterfinals before losing to top seeded Washburn Rural from Kansas in the semifinals for 3rd Place.  In addition to the team award, both debaters won top 20 individual speaker awards. Nagorzanski was awarded 17th and Hall 19th individual speaker out of the over 150 debaters that competed. This is the best finish for Jesuit at the Heart of Texas Invitational since the fall of 2001 when Sam Ackels “03 and Anthony Jardina ‘02 also reached the semifinals.