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Debate

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, and the Magis newspaper.

Strake Jesuit Debate

Strake Jesuit has one of the most successful high school debate programs in the United States.  In recent years Jesuit debaters have won numerous invitational tournaments including, Harvard, the Barkley Forum at Emory University, the University of Texas Longhorn Classic, Greenhill, Glenbrooks, and numerous other prestigious invitationals.  Additionally, Jesuit debaters won the Texas Forensic Association (TFA) tournament in 2020, 2021, and 2022. TFA is the largest and most competitive state championship tournament in the country.  Additionally, Zion Dixon '22 won the prestigious Tournament of Champions (TOC) in 2021.  The TOC is widely recognized as the most prestigious nationwide championship tournament in the country.  

Coaches

  • Peter Turrentine, Assistant Coach - pturrentine@strakejesuit.org
  • Chris Castillo, National Circuit LD Coach - jchriscastillo@gmail.com
  • Frank Lieggi, Assistant Coach - flieggi@strakejesuit.org 
  • Sharon Chetty, Debate Club Co-President - chetty.sharon@gmail.com


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
  • MIT

Parents Club

Support Our Sons and Join the Club Today!

Goal: 100% Participation from Parents
The Strake Jesuit Parent Debate Club provides support to our SJ Debate Team. SJ Debate is a unique extra-curricular activity.  The team has 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 meals when debating in person, incidental team expenses and supplies when needed, items for the Strake Tournament, Spring Banquet, and year end coaches gifts. 

Parents may join the club by clicking this link. You must be logged into mySJ. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Chetty, 2022–2023 Debate Parents' Club President, at chetty.sharon@gmail.com.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Jerry Crist

    Mr. Jerry Crist 

    (713) 490-8251
    Role
  • Photo of Murvin Auzenne

    Mr. Murvin Auzenne 

    (713) 490-8238
    Role
  • Photo of Brock Scheller

    Mr. Brock Scheller 

    (713) 490-8229
    Role
  • Photo of Peter Turrentine

    Mr. Peter Turrentine 

    (713) 272-4383
    Role