Brooklyn Technical High School Advances in International Debate Contest; Competes for $10,000 Grand Prize

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Students from Brooklyn Technical High School have advanced to the “Top 32” round of an international debate competition. By advancing to the “Top 32” round in the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), the students remain eligible to win the $10,000 grand prize and compete in the IPPF Finals in New York City in April 2013.

“This was perhaps the most competitive year in the history of this global competition,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at the law firm of Bickel & Brewer and a founder of the IPPF. “We are very proud of Brooklyn Technical High School and all of the teams that excelled in the opening round of the IPPF. The teams will now advance into a single-elimination tournament that will provide a unique test of their research, writing and advocacy skills.”

The IPPF is the only competition that gives high school students the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. This year, 213 teams –representing schools in 34 states and 29 foreign countries – submitted qualifying round essays either affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: Adaptation should be the most urgent response to climate change.” Those essays were reviewed by the Essay Review Committee, which determined the “Top 32” teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay.

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Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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