The Debate Team competed at three online tournaments this past weekend against teams from across Texas and won both Varsity tournaments including a close out and five varsity teams earned valuable State Tournament qualifying points. Twenty-two Jesuit students--6 seniors, 3 juniors, 7 sophomores, and 6 freshmen competed over the weekend including two varsity teams at the CyWoods Tournament, five varsity teams at the Newman Smith Tournament, and 4 novice teams in their first Novice Scrimmage.
The Varsity Team of seniors Jack Martin and Joshua Ramos won First Place and the team of senior Justin Burns and junior Aarin Jain earned third place competing at the Cypress Woods Tournament against mostly teams from central and south Texas. Both teams finished Friday’s preliminary rounds with a perfect 3-0 record and earned the top 2 seeds with wins against teams from Langham Creek, Houston Memorial, Cypress Woods, Elkins, and Houston Kinkaid. Burns and Jain defeated Houston Memorial in the quarterfinals before losing to Elkins for third place. Martin and Ramos defeated Langham Creek in the quarterfinals, Westside in the semifinals and then Elkins in the finals for the championship. Martin and Ramos earned 8 state tournament qualifying points bringing their season total to 9 of the 10 points needed to qualify. Burns and Jain earned 4 points for their semifinals finish bringing their season total to 5.
At the Newman Smith Tournament, Jesuit completed a first second and third place close out. The team of senior Nick Badovinus and sophomore Dominic Chacko closed out the finals with seniors Gabriel Skariah and Ethan Williams. Sophomores Tejas Murugesh and Jon Noquil also reached the semifinals for third place at their first varsity tournament. Badovinus and Chako and Skariah and Williams both finished the preliminary rounds with perfect 4-0 records and earned the top 2 seeds with wins against teams from Hebron, Coppell, and Greenhill. Skariah and Williams defeated another Greenhill team in other semifinals to complete the closeout. As a result of their top 3 finishes, all three teams earned their first State qualifying points. Badovinus and Chacko earned 6 for first, Skariah and Williams 4 for second, and Murugesh and Noquil 2 for third.
In addition to the two Varsity tournaments, Jesuit’s Novice Debate Team also started the season with a 3 round scrimmage on Saturday against Austin/Round Rock Westwood, Highland Park, and Coppell 9th Grade School. Competing in the scrimmage were freshmen James Corrigan, Jackson Farragut, Brandon Gibson, Robert Hernandez-Hoffmann, Peter Loh, and Kyle Ma as well as juniors Mario Lopez and Patrick Ma.
In keeping the tradition of alum returning to assist with mentoring and judging, the Debate Team was joined online by Bennett Harrison ‘15 (Syracuse Graduate School), Jack Moore ‘19 (Trinity University), Jack Griffiths ‘19 (Notre Dame), and Adam Hall ‘20 (Brown).