UT Dallas Debate Team Bios
Daniel Becker, Freshman
Debated at Crowley High School where he qualified for both UIL and TFA state.
Jerry Benavides, Junior
Jerry, a computer science major, joined the squad in 2009. He debated for Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
Lesly Gutierrez, Freshman
Debated at Crosby HS in Houston Texas. She’s majoring in Neuroscience.
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.
Dalton Mott, Jumior
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.
Anthony Ogbuli, Junior
Debated at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Illinois State University before joining the UTD debate team in 2013.
Kristyl Parker, Freshman
Was a successful debater in the Houston Urban Debate League. She debated for Sharps Town High School.
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.
Samantha Varney, Junior
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.
Rolando Velasquesz, Sophomore
Rolando Velasquesz debated at Law Magnet High School in Dallas before receiving a debate scholarship in 2012.