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 consistently did drills with Paras for 3 years. I’d say one session that stuck out the most was practicing the 2NR on T-Any against Jack Wareham’s 1AR vs Ari Azbel at the 2017 Harvard Round Robin. The 1AR generated a ton of responses to T and the 2NR on T-Any had to deal with so much. But Paras helped me do the 2NR in so many ways – semantics, pragmatics, and all the time working on weighing and argument comparison. It was one of the best things I did because I remember having to perfect every aspect of that speech and because of those sessions, I feel so comfortable going for topicality against anyone I debate.
Drilling with Paras was incredibly helpful because he was a perfectionist in a lot of ways. He wanted to see speeches that left no doors open for opponents – such as 2NR’s on T that destroyed on every issue – but also were as efficient as possible. At first that standard was frustratingly hard to meet but I began to expect it of myself when I debated and drilled too. And Paras won’t stop until he knows the speech is as close to perfect as it can be. This is a quality that really made drilling so valuable – I learned to give speeches that left no leeway for opponents, especially on theory. Working with Paras taught me how to be efficient and fast, and not go for too much but to still overwhelm my opposition.
There isn’t anyone better in the country to do theory and util drills with – Paras may have zero fashion sense but he’s the best at what he does.