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EMHS students head to NYC for debate

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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Three members of the East Mountain High School Speech and Debate team—Hallie Brown, Jessi Green and Quinter Nyland—have advanced to the finals International Public Policy Forum.

The IPPF is an international debate competition sponsored by Brickel & Brewer and NYU in New York City. By making it to the "Elite 8" round of competition, the East Mountain High School team members have earned an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the IPPF Finals from April 11-13. There, East Mountain will compete for $10,000 and the right to be named the World Champion.

More than 226 teams from 28 countries and 37 states originally entered the International Public Policy Forum. Through an essay writing competition, these teams were narrowed down to the Elite Eight, including East Mountain High School. These students now have an opportunity to showcase their advocacy skills during a single elimination, oral debate competition.

After progressing to the round of 16, the East Mountain team was matched against Lambert High School from Suwanee, Georgia. Both teams wrote a 2,800-word essay on the topic, "Resolved: As a last resort, unilateral military force is justified to minimize nuclear weapons proliferation." East Mountain bested the Lambert High team by a score of 3-0, moving on to the finals. To get to this point, they already had to win debates against teams from California and Singapore.

This year, East Mountain is one of just five American schools represented in the IPPF Elite Eight. East Mountain will compete against schools from Taiwan, Singapore and Slovakia in the finals.

The upcoming IPPF Finals focus on oral advocacy as opposed to written debate. The reigning IPPF Champion is Shanley High School from Arizona.

The IPPF semifinals and final debate will be broadcast live from New York City at on April 12. The debate begins at 8:15 a.m. Mountain time, and viewers can vote for the winning school.

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Original Publication Date: April 9, 2014

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