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Parker debate students compete at nationals

Parker students Luke Potter and Jaren Ashcraft pose in their suits at the National Forensic League National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER)
Parker students Luke Potter and Jaren Ashcraft pose in their suits at the National Forensic League National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER)

Three of Parker School’s top debaters participated in the National Forensic League National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas, June 15 to 20. Rising junior Carrie Hiller and rising seniors Jaren Ashcraft and Luke Potter qualified for the nationals at the state level tournament on Oahu in April.

Though the students did not end up placing at the nationals, Ashcraft and Potter were invited to stay on to judge the middle school debate national competition after they completed their Public Forum Debate rounds.

Hiller, who competed in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, opted to stay and participate in the optional Extemporaneous Debate competition. This competition allowed only 30 minutes to prepare for rounds, and though it was not a formal part of the national tournament, Hiller advanced through several rounds.

Once school starts again in mid-August, the Parker debate team will begin preparing for its first multi-school tournament of the year, which will take place in the fall.