DUDA Season Opener – All 3 Teams Undefeated

Duda Season Opener Debate Team 2017

This weekend the debate team attended the DUDA season opener, where they competed against students from all over Dallas. It was a great weekend for the Eagles – wining the top 3 places in varsity is unprecedented, and even more impressive when you consider that all of the SEM debaters are sophomores or juniors. All 3 SEM teams were undefeated, and the tie was broken with individual speaker points. We had big wins against Woodrow Wilson (defending city champion), Law Magnet, and Irma Rangel.

Duda Season Opener Awards 2017

If you see these students, please congratulate them – trophies are on display in the office. The large photo shows of most of the team, and the one above is of our varsity champions. Thanks to our team historian, Leslie Jaramillo, for coming out to cover the team, and our assistant coach, Ms. Zhuge for being awesome and giving up her Saturday to help coach these talented debaters.



  • 1st place Speaker Award: Olivia Northcutt- Wyly
  • 2nd place Speaker Award: Storm Lasseter
  • 5th place Speaker Award: Sophie Rahman
  • 1st place Team Award: Sophie Rahman & Olivia Northcutt- Wyly
  • 2nd place Team Award: Ethan Helfman & Juan Diaz
  • 3rd place Team Award: Storm Lasseter & Akshay Jaitly


  • 1st place Speaker Award: Jacob Joseph
  • 3rd place Speaker Award: Rohan Cherukuru
  • 6th place Team Award: Isra Alinur & Vanessa Vasquez
  • 9th place Team Award: Jacob Joseph & Jennifer Granados
  • 14th place Team Award: Katelyn Candido & Stephanie Torres


  • 4th place Team Award: Mariam Joseph & Oziel De La Fuente