UT Dallas Debate Team Bios
Mayu Takeda, Junior
Mayu debated for four years at Cherry Creek High School in Denver. She is pursuing a degree in arts and humanities.
Jerry Benavides, Sophomore
Jerry, a computer science major, joined the squad in 2009. He debated for Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
Samantha Varney, Freshman
Sam debated for four years before attending UT Dallas. She debated for Chattahoochee and then later for Glenbrook South High School. Samantha is currently majoring in finance. Sam is a UT Dallas debate scholarship recipient.
Dalton Mott, Freshman
Dalton is a political science major from Kansas. He debated at Independence High School in Kansas and was the 2011 4A Kansas State Debate Champion.
Carly Woo, Freshman
Carly Woo, debated at Holy Names Academy in Seattle before joining the UTD debate team. She is majoring in political science and is a debate scholarship recipient.
Jacob Loehr, Freshman
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.
Rolando Velasquesz, Freshman
Rolando Velasquesz debated at Law Magnet High School in Dallas before receiving a debate scholarship in 2012.