EMHS Debate Advances to Top 8 in World

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East Mountain High School students, Gina Sanchez ’18, Hannah Linder ’19, and Tiffany Delgado ’19, have advanced to the Elite Eight and qualified for the final rounds of the International Public Policy Forum.

Founded in 2001 by the law firm of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) is the only contest that gives high school students around the globe the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. Now jointly administered by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, this program is available to all public and private high schools for free.

The competition began in October, and the students had to submit a 2,800 word essay on the topic: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms. After hundreds of essays were submitted from around the globe, EMHS qualified to the top 64 of all schools.

In the subsequent rounds, schools volleyed papers back and forth via e-mail. A panel of three judges reviewed the essays in the order they were presented (affirmative constructive, negative constructive, affirmative rebuttal, negative rebuttal) and selected the advancing teams. In the Round of 64, EMHS defeated Generation’s School from Karachi, Pakistan. In the Round of 32, EMHS defeated Vermilion High School from Ohio. And in the Round of 16, EMHS defeated Greenwich High School from Connecticut.

The EMHS team has earned an all-expense paid trip to New York City to debate the remaining teams in person April 20-22. The eight remaining teams are:

Davidson Academy from Reno, Nevada
Concordia International School from Shanghai, China
Taipei American School from Taipei, Taiwan
William Mason High School from Mason, Ohio
Stuyvesant High School from New York, New York
LEAF Academy from Bratislava, Solvakia
Westfield Academy from West Hartford, Connecticut
East Mountain High School from Sandia Park, NM

Gina Sanchez said, “I’m excited to return to this level of the competition! When I competed in the New York rounds as a sophomore, I learned so much. Now as a senior, I feel significantly more prepared to advance even further in the competition!” Coach Trey Smith noted, “These students have completed hundreds of hours of research and writing to get to this point. I’m glad their dedication has paid off!”

To read more about the competition, visit this link: http://www.ippfdebate.com/