GREENWICH, Conn. -- Students from Greenwich High School have advanced to the Top 32 round of the International Policy Forum.
Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only debate 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 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City on April 2.
The Greenwich High School team is the only team from Connecticut to advance to this round. “These students have distinguished themselves in this unique test of research, writing and advocacy skills,” says William A. Brewer III, chairman of the Brewer Foundation and a founder of the IPPF. “They now advance to the Round of 32 – another step closer to the IPPF Finals.”
This year, hundreds of teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: Genetically modified organisms are essential to global food security.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the Round of 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay. In November, the Round of 64 teams then 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. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. In that round, Greenwich defeated Mexico Senior High School from Mexico, Mo.
The Top 32 round begins immediately. Greenwich High School will compete against Hamilton High School from Chandler, Ariz. The top 32 teams represent schools from 19 U.S. states.
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