UT Dallas Debate Team Bios
Kyle Ballard, Freshman
Debated at Coppell High School where he finishes 7th overall at 2014 NFL nationals. He is majoring in Finance.
Daniel Becker, Freshman
Debated at Crowley High School where he qualified for both UIL and TFA state.
Thomas Flanagan, Freshman
Debated at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School where he was a TFA semi-finalist in 2014. He is majoring in Economics.
Lesly Gutierrez, Freshman
Debated at Crosby HS in Houston Texas. She’s majoring in Neuroscience.
Brandon Johnson, Freshman
Debated at Westwood High School in Austin, TX and is majoring in Geospatial Information Sciences.
Jacob Loehr, Sophomore
Jacob Loehr was awarded a debate scholarship in 2012 after a very successful career at Westwood HS in Austin, where he finished 12th overall at NFL Nationals and was a three-time qualifier to the Texas Forensics Association state tournament. Jacob is majoring in political science.
Emilio Lozano, Sophomore
Debated at the Law Magnet High School in Dallas, TX.
Mariah McHenry, Freshman
Debated at Capen Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita Kansas.
Anthony Ogbuli, Junior
Debated at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Illinois State University before joining the UTD debate team in 2013.
Demarcus Powell, Freshman
DeMarcus debated at Crowley high school for three years where he competed on the TFA and Texas TOC circuits. He Qualified for TFA State and U.I.L. region three times. During this time DeMarcus accumulated 841 NFL points. DeMarcus now debates at UT Dallas, he regularly judges on the Dallas circuit, and has judged in out-rounds of national tournaments.
Asif Sheikh, Freshman
Debated at Berkner High School and is majoring in Computer and Environmental Science.
Rolando Velasquesz, Sophomore
Rolando Velasquesz debated at Law Magnet High School in Dallas before receiving a debate scholarship in 2012.