Friday, July 16, 2010

Tenth annual International Public Policy Forum topic and competition dates announced

The law firm of Bickel and Brewer and New York University proudly announce the 10th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), the only contest that gives high school students across the globe the opportunity to participate in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

This international contest is open to all public and private schools for free. High school teams compete for National Forensic League points and more than $50,000 in awards and scholarships. In addition, the top eight schools win all-expense-paid trips to the finals in New York City!

Interested in participating? Work with your debate coach or English teacher to organize your team. Go online to to register your team before October 13, 2010. Then, your team will prepare a qualifying round essay on the 2010-11 IPPF topic, “Resolved: NATO military operations in Afghanistan are not justified.”

The top 32 teams all earn cash awards, and will be announced on November 10, 2010. These teams will then compete in elimination rounds until the competition is narrowed down to the final eight teams. These teams will win trips to the IPPF Finals April 8-10, 2011 in New York City. The winning team will take home a $10,000 grand prize ($5,000 for the school and $5,000 for team members) and the “Bickel and Brewer Cup.”

For more information, visit the IPPF website.

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