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Parker School hosts Big Island Debate Tournament

Parker School debaters Emilie Skladzien, Jesse Tarnas, Tyler Saito, Evan Kasberg, and Alex Guske just before the District IV BIg Island Qualifying Debate Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Parker School)


Competitors from Parker School, Christian Liberty Academy and Kealekehe High School participated in the District IV Big Island Qualifying Tournament on March 5 at Parker School.

From Parker, Jesse Tarnas took first in Championship Lincoln-Douglas, Lysha Matsunobu took first in Novice Lincoln-Douglas, Maia Tarnas and Victoria Andrade-McKeehan took first in Varsity Policy, Thomas Baldwin and Tyler Saito took first in Advanced Public Forum, and Emilie Skladzien and Elliott Jacobson took first in Beginning Public Forum.

A large squad from Kealekehe took part in the tournament. This is Kealakehe’s first year with a debate team, under coach Matthew Buongiorno.

Victoria Andrade-McKeehan, Maia Tarnas, Nohili Thompson, Keala Prietto, Charlie Charbonneau, Gian DeAntonio, Evan Kasberg, Anastasiya Polishchuk, Kieran Najita and Tyler McCullough from Parker School and Kaylee Deponte from Kealekehe High School all qualified to participate in the Hawaii State Debate Tournament, to be held April 12-14 on Oahu.

They join one Christian Liberty and ten Parker debaters who have qualified in previous tournaments.

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