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Parker debate team wins fourth trophy of year

Parker School’s debate team returned home from the Dec. 21 Punahou School Speech and Debate Non-Qualifying Tournament on Oahu with the sweepstakes trophy for largest number of ballots won.

Parker earned 65 ballots to second-place Punahou’s 46. Parker has now won the sweepstakes trophy at all three tournaments this school year, a first in the school’s debate record. At the previous tournament at St. Louis School on Oahu in November, Parker won two trophies, one for highest percentage of wins and one for the largest number of ballots won. The team has won four out of six possible sweepstakes trophies over the three tournaments.

There were 30 members of the Parker School debate team that attended the Punahou tournament in which 20 schools participated. The top results for Parker students were as follows: in Beginning Public Forum Debate, Ryp Ring and Brian Toubman scored 5-1; in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Savannah Harriman-Pote scored 5-1; and in Championship Lincoln-Douglas, Carrie Hiller finished 5-1.

On Jan. 17-18, Parker School will host the next debate event, the Neighbor Island Speech and Debate Qualifying Tournament. Twenty Oahu school teams will travel to Waimea to compete.