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LHWHS IPPF Team Advances to Round of 64

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A team from LHWHS has advanced to the Round of 64 in the International Public Policy Forum competition. Ladue Schools had three teams submit qualifying essays. The team advancing in the competition is comprised of Egret Jin (12), Max Kornfeld (12), and Olivia Liu (12).

This year, nearly 200 teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: U.S. abdication of international leadership creates dangerous global instability.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee of judges, which determined the “Round of 64” based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay. The top 64 teams represent schools from 21 U.S. states and 10 countries, including India, Spain and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Advancing teams will now participate in a single-elimination, written debate tournament. The teams will volley a series of essays back and forth via e-mail. A panel of judges will review the essays in the order they are presented and the winning schools will advance to the “Top 32” round. This process continues as the teams are narrowed down from 32, to 16 and, finally, to just the “Elite 8” teams.

The top eight teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City, held April 27, 2019, at the Harold Pratt House, home of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The IPPF Finals give students the opportunity to participate in oral debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in debate, business, law and politics. The winning team will take home the “Brewer Cup” and a $10,000 grand prize.

About the IPPF and the Brewer Foundation:

The IPPF was founded in 2001 by the Brewer Foundation and is now jointly administered with New York University. The program is available to all high schools around the world – public and private – for free. The IPPF is endorsed by leading forensic agencies, such as the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, the International Debate Education Association, the Impact Coalition, Associated Leaders of Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Debate Coaches Association.

The Brewer Foundation is a private, non-profit organization funded by companies, individuals and the national litigation firm of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. With offices in New York and Dallas, the Foundation has achieved widespread recognition for its efforts to create, fund and manage a variety of educational outreach programs.

Visit the IPPF at www.ippfdebate.com, www.facebook.com/ippfdebate, or on Twitter at @IPPF1.