The Parker School debate team won the sweepstakes trophy at the Debate Non-Qualifying Tournament at University Lab School on Oahu on Oct. 12. The team is now in first place. The sweepstakes trophy goes to the school with the largest number of winning ballots and Parker, one of 13 schools that participated in the tournament, finished with 81 winning ballots. Punahou came in second with 40.
Twenty-seven of the 32 Parker School debaters received a certificate attesting to a “superior” rating for the tournament. The top Parker finishers were: the teams of Michael Note and Maia Tarnas, Luke Potter and Jaren Ashcraft, and Nya Phillips and Kyley Nishimura, all scored 5-1 in Advanced Public Forum Debate; Dash Cotton scored 6-0 and Savannah Harriman-Pote, 5-1, in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Josh Yost, Carrie Hiller and Sivan Najita, all scored 5-1 in Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The next tournament is Nov. 16 at St. Louis School on Oahu.