Strake Jesuit ’18
1st place 2018 Lexington Invitational
1st place Texas State Championships, 1st place Strake Jesuit + LHP Round Robins
Top 5 finishes at Valley, Glenbrooks, and Harvard
Top 5 speaker awards at most major invitationals senior year
I joined the DebateDrills Club Team before my junior year. Before joining, my prep was always really disorganized. I didn’t have a good way to structure prep or work on assignments. As a result, I had poorly developed prep and frontlines to debate kids with and was often unprepared.
After joining the Club Team, this changed immediately. Because there’s a big emphasis on organization, I developed a strong sense of organization. We had a lot of good prep, but more importantly, there was structure to the way we prepped. This really helped me mentally going into rounds in terms of being prepared and confidently and materially in terms of having resources.
Another major benefit of joining the Club Team was having prep that I could delegate with teammates such as Parker Whitfill, Jong Hak Won, Rex Evans and Eric Deng. This was really helpful because we could divide and conquer the workload, and as a result, we developed pretty good frontlines and blocks and had a larger variety of affs. Having more util prep and more consolidated options really helped me plan case negs before rounds against whatever aff’s my opponent was going to read.
Also having a lot of teammates to do practice rounds with was really helpful. I probably debated Parker 15 times and Jong / Sekou / Rex / Jack a lot too. It was great having constant check-ups on preparation and getting easy materials to do redos with – i.e. the rounds. Another thing I liked was the flexibility of options – thanks to the diverse skillsets of the group I branched out more, especially in K debate.
I would highly recommend joining the DebateDrills Club Team and I can’t imagine what my debate career would have been like without the support of the coaching staff and team.