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Parker School debate team wins first place trophy at Oahu event


Parker School’s debate team started their season with a first place school trophy for the most ballots earned at the Damien Memorial High School Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament on Saturday, October 15.

More than 35 Parker debaters in grades 9 through 12 competed against 10 ‘Oahu schools in the year’s first tournament. Parker School earned 73 winning ballots, with Punahou placing second with 56. As the only neighbor island school and the smallest school to compete, Parker’s debate team also included 11 freshmen. Parker School also tied for first place with Punahou and Kamehameha Schools for the highest percent of winning ballots. “This is a great first showing and gives us a good indication that our team will be competitive this season, “ said Carl Sturges, Parker School headmaster and debate coach.

Highlights include the following three Parker teams who went undefeated: freshmen Hiroki Soler and Tyler Thomas in JV Policy; sophomores Zoey Vann and Macey Note in Varsity Policy Debate; and juniors Riley Herendeen and Tina Staszkow in Public Forum Debate. The Parker Debate team’s next competition will be at Punahou School’s Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament November 12 on ‘Oahu.

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