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  • EHS advances to ‘Sweet 16’ round of Global Debate

  • Hundreds of debate teams from around the world entered the Bickel & Brewer / NYU International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), but only 16 remain – including El Dorado High School.
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  • Hundreds of debate teams from around the world entered the Bickel & Brewer / NYU International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), but only 16 remain – including El Dorado High School.
    If the El Dorado High School team can defeat its opponent in the next round of the contest, the team will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF finals competition in New York City on April 12, 2014.
    The IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize.
    El Dorado High School is the only team from Kansas to advance this round.
    “The El Dorado High School team has demonstrated a superb command of a very complex and important topic – nuclear weapons proliferation,” said William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel & Brewer and a founder of the IPPF. “These students will now compete in the “Sweet 16” for a chance to win a trip to New York City to compete in the IPPF Finals.”
    This year, 266 teams – representing schools in 37 states and 28 countries – submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: As a last resort, unilateral military force is justified to minimize nuclear weapons proliferation.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay. This year’s addition of the “Round of 64” doubled the number of teams that have previously been invited to compete in the first elimination round.
    In early November, the “Round of 64” teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams.
    In the “Top 32” round, El Dorado High School defeated St. Paul Academy and Summit School of St. Paul, Minn.
    The “Sweet 16” round is now underway. El Dorado is competing against the Debate Development Initiative from Singapore. The top 16 teams represent schools from 10 U.S. states and five countries, including the United States, Slovakia and Singapore.
    On March 11, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced. Those teams will travel to New York City on an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City. The Finals will take place on April 12 at the Harold Pratt House. The IPPF Finals give students the opportunity to participate in oral debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in debate, business, law and politics. The winning team will take home the “Bickel & Brewer Cup” and a $10,000 grand prize.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other “Sweet 16” teams are: BC Academy, Langley, British Columbia, Canada; Bilingvalne gymnazium Milana Hodzu, Sucany, Slovakia; Brookfield East High School, Brookfield, Wisc.; Debate Development Initiative, Singapore; East Mountain High School, Sandia Park, N.M.; Hamilton High School, Chandler, Ariz.; Hathaway Brown High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, Lindon, Utah; Lamar High School, Houston, Texas; Lambert High School, Suwanee, Ga.; North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, Penn.; Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas; Southside High School, Greenville, S.C.; Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan (A); and Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan (B).
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