Damien Debate has plenty of reason to celebrate the future of the program with the recent performance at the National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifier Tournament hosted by the University of Southern California this past weekend, March 1-3, 2019.
At the USC Damus Spring Trojan Championship, the teams of sophomores Nolan De Jesus and Michael Quilang, and freshman Jackson Bartholomew and sophomore Alan Huizar, advanced to the semi-final rounds. Four Spartans earned Top 10 Speaker Awards: De Jesus (7), Quilang (8), sophomore Joseph Barragan (9) and Huizar (10).
Debate at Damien has been one of the school's most successful programs, since the 60's: 10 consecutive years finishing in the top 25 in the nation, 2009 National Champion, 2015 National Championship-Second Place; five-time state champion (1993, 1979, 1975, 1971, 1968).
Debate Coach Peters is in his second year of leading the program. Peters has been the Director of Debate at Illinois State University and Assistant Director of Debate at Ball State University and has also coached at Cal State Fullerton, Santa Margarita High School, Fairmont High School, Wayne State University and West Virginia University.