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

The Fort Greene Patch

Thursday, November 1, 2012 — 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.