Parker School’s Debate Team, with headmaster and debate coach Carl Sturges in center, celebrates their two-trophy win after the St. Louis School Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament on Oahu on Nov. 16. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL FOR NHN)
On Nov. 16, the Parker School debate team traveled to the St. Louis School Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament on Oahu and one in two categories — largest number of ballots won and highest percentage of wins.
Parker won 88 ballots to second place I‘olani School’s 55 ballots. Waimea school had the highest percentage of wins at 67 percent to second place I‘olani’s 65 percent.
This was Parker’s second straight sweepstakes award for number of ballots won. The school also won the University Lab Non-Qualifying Debate Tournament on Oct. 12. It is the first time in Parker School’s history that they swept both sweepstakes awards at one tournament.
The top Parker performances at the tournament were as follows: In Beginning Public Forum Debate, Brianna Bellatti and Sarah Bellatti scored 6-0 and Hunter Weigle and Hiwa Thompson scored 5-1; in Advanced Public Forum Debate, Michael Note and Maia Tarnas earned 5-1, and Luke Potter and Jaren Ashcraft earned 5-1; In Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Dash Cotton scored 5-1 and Sophie Dommer, 5-1; in Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Lysha Matsunobu won 6-0, Sivan Najita, 6-0, and Carrie Hiller, 5-1.