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Parker students impress Rotarians with mock debate

Parker students Kyley Nishimura and Maia Tarnas in a mock debate for Rotary Club of North Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of Parker School)


Four of the top debaters from Parker School’s award-winning debate team and their coach, Headmaster Carl Sturges, were invited to Rotary Club of North Hawaii’s monthly luncheon meeting at Saffron Restaurant in Waimea in March.

The debaters had the opportunity to showcase the skills for which they are becoming known throughout the islands. The team has consistently held strong as a frontrunner in island-wide debate tournaments over the last few years and placed first in the state championship this year.

Parker senior Elliott Jacobson and sophomore Maia Tarnas squared off against sophomore Nya Phillips and junior Kyley Nishimura on the Public Forum Debate topic, “The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.”

John Roth, secretary and immediate past president of Rotary Club of North Hawaii, said, “It was an honor to have the Parker School debaters show us a glimpse into their world. As rotarians, we pride ourselves on serving our community and taking a stance to better the world. It was very exciting to watch the Parker School debaters go head to head before our very eyes. To know that these students, who have become the best debaters in the State, are coming out of our community is encouraging to say the least. They will make good future members of the Rotary Club of North Hawaii.”

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