Earlier this month, the "Elite Eight" teams of the International Public Policy Forum competition were announced. These eight teams have qualified for all-expenses-paid trips to New York City on April 16-18, where they will compete at New York University for a $10,000 grand prize and the coveted "Bickel and Brewer Cup," a traveling trophy that resides with the IPPF winner. Click here to view the "Elite Eight" teams.
"The teams have distinguished themselves with their scholarship and written advocacy," says William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel and Brewer and founder of the IPPF. "These students now have the opportunity to showcase their oral debate skills on a global stage as they join schools from around the globe in an advocacy competition that is unlike any other taking place in debate today."
In October, more than 230 high school teams, from 40 states and 31 countries, entered into the competition by writing qualifying essays on the topic, "Resolved: The United Nations should substantially increase humanitarian assistance for persons living in poverty." From those hundreds of essays, the Essay Review Committee chose the "Top 32" teams .
After another round of elimination, the "Sweet 16" teams were decided. Now that the "Elite Eight" have been chosen, these teams will compete face-to-face in front of a panel of high-profile judges such as Brewer, Ret. General Wesley Clark, NYU President John Sexton, National Forensic League Executive Director Scott Wunn and the Director of Forensics at Emory University, Melissa Maxcy.
The IPPF was founded in 2001 by the Bickel and Brewer Foundation, and is now jointly administered with New York University. The program is available every year to all high schools around the world for free. For more information about the IPPF, click here.