The Big Island District Debate Qualifying Tournament was March 5 at Parker School in Waimea.
The following Parker School students earned first place: Paul Gregg in Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Carrie Hiller in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Maia Tarnas and Elliott Jacobson in Advanced Public Forum Debate; Kyley Nishimura and Nya Phillips in Beginning Public Forum Debate; and Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart and Kyra Matsuda in Junior Varsity Policy Debate.
Debaters Marie Jobes, Josh Yost, Maxim Ionin, Evan Kasberg, Darnee Brighter, Max Elster, Marlon Lumper, Larissa Bolstad-Urquhart and Kyra Matsuda of Parker School, and Sean Ichinose of Christian Liberty, all qualified for the State Forensic Championship in debate. Nondi Lampkin of Parker qualified for states in the speech category.
To date, 25 Parker School debate team members have qualified for the State Forensic Championship which is scheduled to take place at Kamehameha-Oahu and Punahou Schools, April 18-20. For more information, please visit www.parkerschool.net.