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Entrepreneur Roland Parrish Partners with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance to Award Scholarships to Four Dallas ISD Debaters


DALLAS, TX – Entrepreneur Roland G. Parrish has banded together with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance to grant grants to four commendable Dallas ISD debaters. On December 15, 2018, more than 200 Dallas ISD secondary school understudies will take an interest in the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Fall City Championship and Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate Tournament. The competition will be held at Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Avenue, Dallas, Texas from 8 am – 6 pm. The best two groups from the title will contend in an open discussion in January for school grants. The point of the general population discussion will be picked by Mr. Parrish.

Every year, in excess of 1,000 Dallas ISD center and secondary school understudies take an interest in Dallas Urban Debate Alliance’s approach banter program. Arrangement banter includes groups of understudies who advocate for and against a goals that requires a U.S. Government approach change. “Our understudies are finding their voices on themes that identify with open arrangement. Thus, that discussion ends up more extravagant, increasingly assorted and our aggregate future turns out to be especially more brilliant.” says Craig Budner, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. This year, students across Dallas ISD are debating the resolution: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

Participation in debate provides an academically rigorous opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills, gain confidence in public speaking, and to learn to thoroughly conduct research. Conversely, while students see academic gains due to debate, truancy, disciplinary issues and drop-out rates are significantly reduced.

Volunteer judges are needed for the Fall City Championship and Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate Tournament. Visit https://www.dallasdebate.org/about-5-1 to register.

About Dallas Urban Debate Alliance: Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is a non-profit organization that exists to give Dallas ISD middle and high school students the opportunity to participate in competitive policy debate. Our program serves over 1,000 students annually and covers over 50 Dallas ISD campuses. Mission: Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is committed to providing every Dallas ISD student the opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate. Every student deserves the chance to become an articulate and informed leader in his or her school and community.

About Roland Parrish: Roland Parrish earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University. He is the owner of more than two dozen McDonald’s stores in the Dallas area. The Dallas Business Journal ranks his company as the 7th Largest Minority Owned Firm in North Texas. In 2017, his company was named the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. Parrish has been generous to both his community, higher education institutions and abroad. He sponsor’s McMiracle on Highway 67, an annual event in the Dallas area that provides fifth graders with new bicycles and in honor of his parents, he also established the John H. and Marie Parrish Medical Center in Uganda, which provides treatment and care for orphans whose parents have died due to AIDS. Parrish currently serves on Advisory Boards for the Salvation Army and the NBA Dallas Mavericks. He was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Fisk University.


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