Parker debate team wraps up successful season

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The Parker School debate team receives their certificate of recognition from the Hawaii County Council. Left, is Parker debate coach and headmaster, Carl Sturges, and County Councilwoman Margaret Wille. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER)
Parker debaters Jaren Ashcraft and Luke Potter with their second place trophies at the State Forensic Championship at Iolani School.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER)

At the State Forensic Championship at Iolani School April 10-12, three Parker School debate team members qualified for the National Forensic League National Tournament. Jaren Ashcraft, Carrie Hiller and Luke Potter will travel to Overland Park, Kansas for the national tournament, June 15-20.

All three came in second place, losing by only one ballot (3-2). Parker had 26 students at the state tournament, the highest number of any school.

On Feb. 19, the Parker debate team traveled to Kona to accept a certificate of recognition from the Hawaii County Council. The certificate recognizes the team for winning both possible debate sweepstakes trophies at the St. Louis School Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament on Oahu last November. Competing against 14 schools from across the state, it was the first time in the school’s debate history that they earned both sweepstakes awards—one for largest number of ballots won and one for highest percentage of wins—at one tournament.

The team’s success in recent years has even led one anonymous donor to fund two $12,500 scholarships for the senior year of Parker students who have been successful debate team members for several years. The recipients for the award for next school year will be announced in late May.