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Students Shine at Awards Luncheon

Benefit event concludes 2021-2022 HUDL year

Friends and supporters of HUDL gathered in downtown Houston today to celebrate the achievements of HUDL students over the 2021-2022 school year. The annual luncheon at the J.W. Marriott hotel featured students sharing their personal stories about how participating in debate has changed their lives for the better.


Leah Lynch entertained the audience with her reflections on the friendships fostered in debate, and how the Westbury squad is bouncing back from the pandemic. Lindsay Times explained how debate built her confidence and helped her develop classroom skills. Rafael Rojas inspired the crowd with his story of how debate helped a once-shy and uncertain freshman become a college-bound senior, the first in his family, now on his way to enroll at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Rubick Hernandez delivered a powerful message about how she intends to use her debate skills to bring more attention to underserved and marginalized communities.


The event, HUDL's most important annual benefit, provides funds that are vital to HUDL's educational and scholarship programs. HUDL thanks the sponsors who purchased tables and contributed to this year's luncheon. The honor roll of HUDL sponsors includes:


Corporate and Firm Sponsors

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Arnold & Porter

Beck Redden LLP

Bracewell LLP

EIV Capital

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins LLP

Liskow & Lewis

Locke Lord

Omni Bridgeway

Porter Hedges LLP

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP


Individual Sponsors

Nathan Coco & Deborah Gordon

Sarah Cooper

Hon. Gregg Costa

Hon. Andrew Edison

Amy and Will Geise

Tom Rollins

David Roosth

Denise and John Scofield

Raquel Segal

Margaret and Peter Tellegen

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