Parents Club


The Strake Jesuit Parent Debate Club provides support to our SJ Debate Team. SJ Debate is a unique extra-curricular activity in that there is no "off-season" — the boys meet, practice, and have tournaments nearly every month of the school year. Most weekends, the boys and their coaches are debating locally and/or at an out-of-town venue. Your membership donations help our excellent coaches provide the best possible experience for our debaters. Most of our dues provide dinners (and a few breakfasts) for tournaments every weekend. We strive to keep meal expenses low while providing meals for 35 to 50 students attending over twenty tournaments each year. We also contribute to general incidental team expenses and cover your son's dinner at the spring debate banquet.

We ask $300.00 for the Standard Membership Contribution. There is a no-questions-asked fee waiver if the donation would create hardship for your family. Please still register!

If you have any questions, please contact Sheryl Barrett (2019–2020 Debate Parents' Club President) at or 713.502.1760.

Parents Club Memberships/Registration

Debate Parents Club Memberships

Debate Banquet

This year's banquet will be held in Moran Dining Hall at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 21.

Your Debate Parents dues/registration include your son’s banquet ticket. All family members are invited to the banquet. Tickets are $20 — please purchase using the form below.


Beginning with the second day of school, our coaches have poured their time and efforts into our boys’ debate team.  They’ve spent nearly every weekend and every day after school working with the team. At the banquet, the debate parents present the coaches with a cash gift to show our appreciation for their endless support. Please use the form below to contribute to this gift from each of us and our sons. 

School policy limits the gift amount coaches can receive. Any additional money raised will benefit Debate students.

Banquet Tickets and Gifts

About Debate

For the Debate Schedule, Debate Parents Club Memberships, or Debate Trip payments, click the tabs above.




Jerry Crist, Head Coach -
Murvin Auzenne, Public Forum Coach -
Brock Scheller, Assistant Coach -
Peter Turrentine, Assistant Coach -
Chris Castillo, National Circuit LD Coach -
Anson Fung, National Circuit PF Coach -
John McMillan, Assistant Coach -
Sheryl Barrett, Parent Club President -

2018-2019 Team

The 2018-2019 Strake Jesuit Debate team was the largest in school history with over 60 members on our Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum teams, combined.   In addition to tournaments in Austin, Dallas, La Vernia, Des Moines, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, and Atlanta, our members also traveled to the Blake Tournament, Lexington Invitational, Harvard, and Stanford Invitational.

In addition to LD, the Strake Jesuit Public Forum (PF) team has grown into a nationally dominant team.  In the past three years, the PF team accumulated a total of 27 Gold TOC bids and countless Silver TOC bids by making it to late elimination rounds at major national tournaments.  The senior team of Caden Day and RJ Shah qualified to the TOC for three years and accumulated 7 career bids.  Caden and RJ also placed 3rd at the TOC, a first in SJ history.  The senior team of Neo Curry and Ethan Dupre also made SJ history by winning the TOC in Silver PF.  At the Texas Forensic Association state tournament, the underclassmen team of Zain Ashraf and Ali Jalal placed 5th.  This is the fifth year Strake Jesuit PF debaters have made it to quarterfinals and beyond at the state championship tournament.  

The debate team members are among the highest academic achievers at Strake Jesuit. Nearly all of the SJ Debaters have been selected for the National Honor Society.

The majority of the SJ debaters have earned the Strake Jesuit Honor Roll; the Principal’s Honor Roll; and have earned 2nd Highest Honors.  Several debaters have also been awarded with the Highest Honors for Academic Excellence. 

SJ Debaters are members of the Key Club, Symphonic Orchestra, SJ Band, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Stats Club, Crusader Crew, SJET, and Strake Jesuit Magis (magazine).

Nine SJ Debaters are National Merit Scholar Commended students and/or National Hispanic Scholars

Sophomore PF Debater and Senior LD Debater Vincent Liu earned perfect scores on the ACT.

SJ Debate Graduates

The Strake Jesuit Debate Team is proud of its graduates.  In the past few years, our graduates have attended:

  • Princeton
  • Harvard
  • Northwestern
  • Amherst
  • Rice University
  • Duke University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Chicago
  • NYU
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard Law School
  • University of Chicago Law
  • Yale Law

Schedule 2019-2020

Tournament Schedule

NOTE: Dates for away tournaments are tentative. Not all schools have finalized their dates.

Debate Practice is held daily, 3:00pm – 4:25pm, in the Debate Classroom and in Agee Hall. Practices tend to run longer at the beginning of the season.

FIRST DEBATE PRACTICE FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON will be held on Thursday, August 15th from 3:00 - 4:30pm in room 2207. 

No Limits Summer Debate Camp: June  1 – 12, 2020.

Strake Jesuit Debate Tournament: December 20 – 22, 2019.

Debate Banquet: April 21, 2020. 6:30pm.


Dates                                      Tournament

9/27/19 - 9/28/19           Tournament at Memorial High School

9/27/19 - 9/28/19           Tournament at Holy Cross High School (in New Orleans, LA)

9/28/19                              Tournament at Cypress Woods High School

10/11/19 - 10/12/19         Tournament at Bellaire High School

10/10/19 - 10/14/19        Tournament and Round Robin at Presentation HS (San Jose, CA)

10/18/19 - 10/20/19       Tournament at St. Mark’s School (in Dallas, TX)

10/18/19 - 10/19/19        Tournament at Klein High School

10/25/19 - 10/26/19       Tournament at Plano West High School (in Dallas, TX)

10/25/19 - 10/26/19       Tournament at Cypress Lakes High School

11/1/19 - 11/2/19              Tournament at Spring Woods High School

11/1/19 - 11/3/19              Tournament at University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

11/8/19 - 11/9/19              Tournament at Clear Brook High School

11/23/19 - 11/25/19         Tournament at The Glenbrooks (in Chicago, IL)

11/15/19 - 11/16/19          Tournament at Katy Taylor High School

11/22/19 - 11/23/19         Tournament at Cypress Creek/Cypress Fair Swing

12/6/19 - 12/7/19             Tournament at University of Texas (Austin, TX)

12/13/19 - 12/14/19         Tournament at Jersey Village High School

12/20/19 - 12/21/19        Tournament at Mayde Creek High School

1/3/20 - 1/4/20                Tournament at Clear Lake High School

1/10/20 - 1/11/20             Tournament at University of Houston

1/10/20 - 1/12/20             Sunvitational Tournament (in Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

1/11/20 - 1/13/20             Tournament at Harvard Westlake (in Los Angeles, CA)

1/17/20 - 1/18/20             Tournament at Alief Hastings High School

1/24/20 - 1/25/20           Tournament at Lamar High School

1/24/20 - 1/26/20           Barkley Forum Tournament (in Atlanta, GA)

1/31/20 - 2/1/20             Tournament at Langham Creek High School

2/7/20 - 2/8/20              Tournament at Seven Lakes High School

2/9/20 - 2/11/20             Tournament at Stanford University (in Palo Alto, CA)

2/20/20 - 2/22/20          South Texas National Qualifier at Bellaire High School

3/5/20 - 3/7/20              TFA State Tournament (in El Paso, TX)

3/27/20 - 3/28/20          Kandi King Round Robin at Northland Christian in Houston

4/18/20 - 4/20/20          Tournament of Champions (in Lexington, KY)

6/14/20 - 6/16/20           National Speech and Debate Association Nationals (in Albuquerque, NM)

Debate Trip Payments

Parents and students can use the secure payment form below to make payments. Prior to a trip, Mr. Crist will message students and parents with the Trip Name, Departure Date, and required payment amount. Enter that information below to make payment. After you pay, you will receive email confirmation.

We know that being a debate family comes with considerable sacrifice in time and money, and we very much appreciate the opportunity to travel with your sons as they excel in their debate careers. If you have questions about travel expenses, please contact Mr. Crist (