Grapevine Classic

2023 — Grapevine, TX/US

Jonathan Brody Award


3223 Mustang Drive, Grapevine, Texas 76051



On August 6, 1997, the debate community lost a dear friend in Jonathan Brody. Grapevine HS Debate was one of the many fortunate squads that Jon had a hand in boosting and molding into the program it is today. Jon served as a volunteer assistant for Grapevine from 1992-93. A TFA State Champion, TOC top speaker, and one of the most successful debaters on the college circuit, Jon won the Golden Bear award at the University of Baylor's tournament, and advanced to the semifinals of the National Debate Tournament. Grapevine Debate is pleased to present this annual award in honor of Jon's memory: the Jonathan Brody Service to Debate Award. This award is given to a High School Senior debater who is competing in the Grapevine Classic and meets the following criteria:

1) Extraordinary Commitment to Debate
2) Perseverance
3) Overcoming enormous obstacles to remain in debate (family, financial, illness, etc.)
4) Outstanding assistance to others in the activity.
5) A senior debater (including congress) competing in the Grapevine Classic.

Please help us find the perfect person for this year's award by nominating a student who you believe meets the above criteria. Coaches should write a brief nomination essay indicating the reasons you feelyour student should receive this very special award. Please be as descriptive and specific as possible. Confidential information will only be sharedbetween coaches. Otherwise,Grapevine Debateseniors along with the directors will make the selection.This is not a popularity contest, and the award is based on the nomination letter.

Please include the student's contact information in the email text with the word document letter of recommendation. (Name, mailing address with city, state, zip, telephone number, and email address)

The Brody family gives a scholarship award to the Jonathan Brody award winner.

If you have any questions, please email me.Nominations should be emailed to stephanie.cambra@rcisd.orgbyFriday, September 1st at 5:00 pm!


Stef Cambra - Tournament Director