EMHS Among Top 64 Debate Teams in World

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EMHS Students Qualify for International Debate Competition

For the sixth time in the past seven years, East Mountain High School has qualified to the Top 64 debate teams in the International Public Policy Forum. Senior Gina Sanchez and Juniors Tiffany Delgado and Hannah Linder wrote a 2,800 word qualifying essay on the topic: “International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms .”


The IPPF is sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University. This was one of the most competitive years in the history of the IPPF, seeing submitted essays from 30 U.S. states and 17 countries.


This qualification represents the third year in a row for Senior Gina Sanchez. The sponsors of the contest award the top 8 teams an all-expense paid trip to New York City to debate in the final rounds. Gina was part of the team that qualified to the New York final rounds in 2016.


The “Top 64” teams will now compete in a single-elimination, written debate tournament on the same topic. Essays will be volleyed back and forth via e-mail and judges will select the advancing teams. This format continues until the final eight teams emerge. In the Round of 64, EMHS will face the Generation School of Karachi, Pakistan.


Gina says,” I’m excited to wrap up my senior year with a third qualification to the IPPF. Debating against teams from all over the globe is definitely a highlight of my high school experience. My teammates and I have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.”


Coach Trey Smith said, “I am incredibly proud of all the effort already demonstrated by these three students. They have been working on this essay since July, researching at a level normally reserved for a master’s level thesis. We’re also incredibly appreciative of all the support from the alumni and teachers who offered feedback and revisions to their essay. Facing off against a team from Pakistan should also be an enlightening experience.”


To learn more about the contest, visit www.ippfdebate.com.