Science and Engineering Magnet Students Win Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate Tournament

DALLAS, TX – Through a partnership with entrepreneur and philanthropist, Roland G. Parrish and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, four Dallas ISD students competed in a public debate today at James Madison High School in Dallas. The topic of the public debate is RESOLVED: The United States should abolish the Electoral College and elect the US President by popular vote.

The Science and Engineering Magnet team of Sophie Rahman and Juan Diaz argued for the resolution, while the team from Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School Joanna Marquez and Judith Juarez argued against the resolution. Both teams were awarded scholarships, totaling $15,000 courtesy of Roland Parrish. The awards will be held in a trust at Bank of America until the student’s complete high school.

Dallas ISD District 5 Trustee, Dr. Lew Blackburn was in attendance. Tournament judges included Peter Bogdanow, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Board Member; Matt Houston, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce; and, Dwayne Lewis I. Lewis, II, Attorney Buford & Ryburn, L.L.P. and Co-Chair of the Serving Children Committee of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association.

Our thanks to Madison Principal, Marian Willard and Madison Debate Coach, Cody Moore for hosting today’s event.


Renee Gadson, Dallas Urban Debate Alliance | 214-550-2888 ext. 700 |

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