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Award Winning Teams

National Championship Tournaments

2016: Alex Jeong & Kevin Ryu: top 25 finish at NSDA National Tournament

2015: Justin Cajanding & Austin Stroud: 2ND PLACE AT THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

2014: Jarele Soyinka & David Munoz: top 25 finish at NFL National Tournament

2013: Jack Lassiter & Jarele Soyinka: top 25 finish at NFL National Tournament

2012: Richard Mancuso & David Munoz: top 25 finish at NFL National Tournament

2011: Pablo Gannon & Nadeem Farooqi: 5th place at the NFL National Tournament. Damien was the only school in the nation to place in the top 10 of the NFL National Tournament in each of the 4 years from 2008-2011. 1st Place at the National Debate Coaches Association Championships (Pablo Gannon was TOP SPEAKER), 3rd Place at the Tournament of Champions, University of Kentucky.

2010: Reid Ehrlich-Quinn & Pablo Gannon: 9th place at the NFL National Tournament

2009: Reid Ehrlich-Quinn & Sean Hernandez: 1ST PLACE AT THE NFL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT, 1st Place at the National Debate Coaches Association Championships, 3rd Place at the Tournament of Champions (Reid Ehrlich-Quinn was 4th Speaker), University of Kentucky, Winners of the Unger Cup, awarded to the top policy debate team in the nation.

2008: Trevor Chenoweth & Andres Gannon: 6th place at the NFL National Tournament, 3rd Place at the Tournament of Champions, University of Kentucky.

2008: Reid Ehrlich-Quinn & Ian Nelson: 3rd Place at the National Debate Coaches Association Championships, 12-0 in preliminary rounds at the NFL National Tournament (Reid Ehrlich-Quinn was 4th Speaker).

2004: Brian Berggren & Michael Smith: octofinals at the Tournament of Champions.

1996: John Miller & Tyson Wetzel: top 30 finish at the NFL National Tournament, octofinals at the Tournament of Champions (John Miller was 2nd Speaker at the TOC).

1995: John Miller & Shuman Sohrn: 7th place at the NFL National Tournament.

1993: Bryan Yeazel & Ruben Serrato: top 30 finish at the NFL National Tournament.

1992: Tom Oliveri & David Fagundes: top 30 finish at the NFL National Tournament.

1990: John Frantz & Tony Vena: 3rd place at the NFL National Tournament.

1982: Steve Larson & Pat McGarrigle: 8th place at the NFL National Tournament.

The State Championship Tournament

2011: Jack Lassiter & Liam O'Mahony, 8th place

2007: Gabriel Baumgartner & Ian Nelson, 5th place

1996: Vineet Pathak & Michael Lynch, 5th place

1993: Ruben Serrato & Bryan Yeazel, CHAMPIONS

1992: Tom Oliveri & David Fagundes, 3rd Place

1983: Dennis Cafferty & Chris Tolcher, 2nd Place; Andy Conway & Ryan Mills, 3rd Place

1979: Paul Munch & Bryan St. Amant, CHAMPIONS

1975: Paul Hudson & Robert Mocharnuk, CHAMPIONS

1971: Mike Castellini & Ralph Slater, CHAMPIONS

1968: John & Ed Rose, CHAMPIONS

National Invitational Tournaments and Other Awards

2012: Richard Mancuso & David Munoz: 1st Place at the Stanford University Invitational.

2011: Nadeem Farooqi & Pablo Gannon: 1st Place at USC & Golden Desert (NV), Semifinals at The Glenbrooks & Greenhill, Quarterfinals at MBA & Berkeley. Pablo Gannon & Richard Mancuso: 1st Place at the Northwestern Round-Robin, Finalist at the College Prep Rond-Robin (no winner announced). Pablo Gannon was TOP SPEAKER at USC, Berkeley, the Northwestern Round-Robin, the College Prep Round-Robin, and NDCA Nationals, and 2nd Speaker at the Greenhill Round-Robin, MBA, The Glenbrooks, Meadows, and Golden Desert.

2010: Reid Ehrlich-Quinn & Pablo Gannon: 1st Place at the Northwestern Round-Robin, USC, & Golden Desert (NV), Finals at the Greenhill Round-Robin and The Glenbrooks, Quarterfinals at Greenhill, St. Mark's, MBA, Harvard, and NDCA Nationals. Reid Ehrlich-Quinn was Top Speaker at the Northwestern Round-Robin. 
Nadeem Farooqi & Alex Velto: 1st Place at Meadows.

2009: Reid Erlich-Quinn & Sean Hernandez: 1st Place at Golden Desert, Finals at Berkeley & USC, Quarterfinals at Greenhill, The Glenbrooks, & MBA. Reid Ehrlich-Quinn was 1st Speaker at USC & Golden Desert (Sean Hernandez was 2nd Speaker at both), 2nd Speaker at MBA, and 5th at Greenhill.
Christian Bato & Greg Rodarte: Finals at Golden Desert, Meadows, and Long Beach, Semis at Alta & USC.

2008: Trevor Chenoweth & Andres Gannon: 1st Place at Meadows & Golden Desert, Semis at USC & The Glenbrooks, Quarters at Greenhill. Trevor Chenoweth was 1st Speaker at Golden Desert.
Trevor Chenoweth & Ian Nelson: Semis at Alta. Ian Nelson was 1st Speaker at Alta.
Ian Nelson & Reid Ehrlich-Quinn: 1st Place at Redlands, Semis at Golden Desert. Ian Nelson was 2nd Speaker at Meadows, 5th at Redlands, 5th at Golden Desert. Reid Ehrlich-Quinn was 3rd at Redlands & 4th at Golden Desert.
Sean Hernandez & Greg Rodarte: 2nd at Meadows & Long Beach, Quarters at Redlands.
Coach Chuck Ballingall was elected to the National Forensics League Coaches Hall of Fame. 

2007: Trevor Chenoweth & Andres Gannon: First at Golden Desert (Trevor Chenoweth was 3rd Speaker and Andres Gannon 5th).
Ian Nelson & Clint Ehrlich-Quinn: Finals at USC, 3rd at the USC Round-Robin.

2006: Trevor Chenoweth & Chase Patterson: 1st Place at Arizona State, Semis at Harker.

2005: Matthew Berggren & Roi Ceren: 1st Place at USC & the Highland, Utah, Round-Robin, Semis at Redlands.  

2004: Brian Berggren & Mike Smith: Finals at Georgetown Day, Semis at the USC Round-Robin, Quarters at Berkeley. Mike Smith was 1st Speaker at USC & the USC Round-Robin, and 4th Speaker at Berkeley.

2001-2002: Jason Brooks & Tim Westmyer: Finals at Arizona State, Semis at USC and the Northwestern Juniors Round-Robin.

2000: Eric Rhee & Robert Uriarte: 1st Place at USC & Long Beach, Finals at Arizona State, Quarters at Berkeley.

1998: Art Broadwater & Andy Sohrn: 1st Place at USC, Finals at Redlands, Quarters at MBA, Octos at Greenhill, St. Mark's & The Glenbrooks.
Coach Chuck Ballingall was elected to the California High School Speech Association Coaches Hall of Fame. 

1996: John Miller & Tyson Wetzel: 1st Place at Redlands, Finals at Greenhill and the New Orleans Jesuit Round-Robin, Semis at USC & Loyola, Quarters at The Glenbrooks & MBA, Octos at St. Marks. John Miller was 1st Speaker at The Glenbrooks, Redlands, and the Jesuit Round-Robin, and 2nd at St, Mark's & the TOC.

1993: Bryan Yeazel & Ruben Serrato: 1st Place at Redlands and the New Orleans Jesuit Round-Robin, Finals at Loyola. Ruben Serrato & Shuman Sohrn reached the finals of Berkeley.

1991: Tom Oliveri & Casey Fleck: 1st Place at the Houston Bellaire Round-Robin, Finals at Redlands, Semis at Loyola.

1990: John Frantz & Tony Vena: 1st Place at Glenbrook North, Redlands, & USC, Finals at Loyola, Quarters at Glenbrook South.

1988: Paul Derby & Kevin Tessier: 1st Place at the Baylor Round-Robin and USC, Finals at Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, & UCLA, Semis at Redlands, Octos at St. Mark's.

1982: Steve Larson & Pat McGarrigle: 1st Place at the Harvard Round-Robin.

1974: Mark Fabiani & Mark Warfel: 1st Place at the Philadelphia Bicentennial Tournament.

1973: Ed Deason & Nick Raymond: 1st Place at Georgetown and at the Philadelphia Bicentennial Tournament. They reached the final round of 11 tournaments, winning 7.