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Varsity Debates Win Hockaday Invitational; Novices record two top 5 finishes

The Varsity Debate team of seniors Adam Hall and Garrett Nagorzanski earned First Place this past weekend at the Hockaday Invitational where over 25 teams from the metroplex competed.  In addition to the Championship, the teams of junior Nick Badovinus and senior Chris Martin and juniors Jack Martin and Joshua Ramos reached the quarterfinals and earned fifth place honors in the varsity division.  In the novice division, the teams of freshmen Dominic Chacko and VanAlex Ramey and the team of Mercer Lee and Louis Traister also earned top 5 finishes by reaching the quarterfinals of their first tournament together.

Hall and Nagorzanski finished the preliminary rounds with a perfect 5-0 record and earned the top seed with wins over teams from Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Lovejoy, and Coppell.  They defeated a St. Mark’s team in the quarterfinals, a Lovejoy team in the semifinals and then Coppell in the finals for the championship. Badovinus and Martin and Martin and Ramos finished the prelims with 3-2 records and earned top 8 seeds before losing in the quarterfinals to second and fourth seeded Lovejoy teams.  In addition to the team championship, Jesuit place four debaters in the top ten individual speaker awards. Garrett was recognized at the First Place speaker, Adam the third individual speaker, Jack the 6th speaker and Joshua the 7th speaker award out of the over 50 debaters that competed.  

In the Novice Division, Jesuit had five freshmen teams competing many for the first time.  The team of Mercer Lee and Louis Traister finished the prelims 4-1 and the team of Dominic Chacko and Van Alex Ramey finished the prelims 3-2 and earned top 8 seeds competing against teams from Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Grapevine, Lovejoy, and Highland Park.  Chacko and Ramey lost to top seeded Greenhill while Lee and Traister lost to fifth seeded Lovejoy in the quarterfinals for 5th place. In addition to the team awards, Van Alex was recognized as the 5th overall speaker in the novice division.

For those of you keeping score, the 3 varsity teams that reached the elimination rounds also earned valuable qualifying points for the State Championships in March.  For winning the tournament, Hall and Nagorzanski earn 8 points bringing their season total to 11 of the 12 needed to qualify. Badovinus and Martin earned 2 points bringing their season total to 4 and Martin and Ramos earn their first 2 points of the qualifying season.  Jesuit has four teams with at least 2 points so far. The State tournament which rotates around the state will be in El Paso this year in March.