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Parker debate team second at state tournament


Parker School’s debate team tied with Punahou School for second place at a 16-team, statewide tournament Nov. 12 at Kahuku High School on Oahu.

Twenty-four Parker high school students traveled to participate in the tournament, where Iolani School took first place.

“It’s very gratifying to see how well our students match up with competitors from large schools,” said Parker headmaster and debate coach Carl Sturges.

Parker senior and debate team member Jesse Tarnas said, “A second place victory, tied with Punahou, shows just how strong a small school’s debate team can be. Punahou’s debate team is larger than our entire (high) school, so we really took underdog victory to the next level with this tournament.”

Parker’s debate team will next participate in and host the Neighbor Island Speech and Debate Qualifying Tournament at Parker School on Jan. 13-14, 2012.

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