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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.

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.

Strake Jesuit Debate

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.


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

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. In other years, most weekends, the boys and their coaches are debating locally and/or at an out-of-town venue. This year, the daily work will remain the same however the tournaments will be held online for the first half of the school year.  

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, items for the 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 Heather Erdmann, 2020–2021 Debate Parents' Club President, at 713-319-5991.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Jerry Crist

    Mr. Jerry Crist 

    (713) 490-8251
  • Photo of Murvin Auzenne

    Mr. Murvin Auzenne 

    (713) 490-8238
  • Photo of Brock Scheller

    Mr. Brock Scheller 

    (713) 490-8229
  • Photo of Peter Turrentine

    Mr. Peter Turrentine 

    (713) 272-4383