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Jasper, Plano Senior and Plano West Debate Teams Advance to "Top 32" in the International Public Policy Forum

Updated January 13, 2017

International Public Policy Forum logoStudents from three Plano ISD schools advanced to the “Top 32” round of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF). The advancing schools are Jasper High School, Plano Senior High School and Plano West Senior High School. Plano Senior High School was the 2015-16 IPPF World Champion. By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City on May 6, 2017.

Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only debate competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. “These students have excelled at the IPPF’s unique test of research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills,” said William A. Brewer III, chairman of the Brewer Foundation and a founder of the IPPF. “They now advance to the Round of 32—the next written round of the competition and a step closer to the IPPF Finals.”

This year, hundreds of teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the 2016-17 IPPF topic, “Resolved: The obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government’s right to control its borders.”

Those essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the “Round of 64” teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay. In November, the “Round of 64” teams then began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. In that round, Jasper High School advanced over Montgomery Blair High School from Silver Spring, Maryland. Plano Senior High School advanced over Hathaway Brown School from Shaker Heights, Ohio. Plano West Senior High School advanced over William Mason High School from Mason, Ohio.

The “Top 32” round begins immediately. Jasper High School will compete in a written debate against Millburn High School from Millburn, New Jersey. Plano Senior High School will compete against Bilingválne gymnázium Milana Hodžu from Sucany, Slovakia. Plano West Senior High School will compete against Annapolis High School from Annapolis, Maryland.

The top 32 teams include 26 U.S. teams from 17 U.S. states. There are six international teams from schools in China, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Bahrain, Nepal, Slovakia and Taiwan. The winning teams will be announced on February 13, and will proceed to the “Sweet 16” round. On March 23, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced. Those teams will travel to New York City on an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City. The Finals will take place on May 6, 2017, at the Harold Pratt House. 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.

The “Top 32” teams:

  • Beijing ENREACH, Beijing, China
  • Rato Bangala School, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Hathaway Brown School (1), Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida
  • The British School of Bahrain, Hamala, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, New Jersey
  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
  • Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia
  • Solon High School, Solon, Ohio
  • Team Czech Republic, Říčany u Prahy, Czech Republic
  • duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Unionville High School, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • La Cañada High School, La Cañada, California
  • Millburn High School, Millburn, New Jersey
  • Jasper High School, Plano, Texas
  • Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Colorado
  • Plano West Senior High School, Plano, Texas
  • Annapolis High School, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville, Texas
  • North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, Pennsylvania
  • Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Stuyvesant High School, New York, New York
  • Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Bonita Vista High School, Chula Vista, California
  • ilingválne gymnázium Milana Hodžu, Sucany, Slovakia
  • Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas
  • East Mountain High School, Sandia Park, New Mexico
  • Westfield Academy, West Hartford, Connecticut
  • John Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia
  • Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana

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Jasper, Plano Senior and Plano West Debate Teams Advance to "Top 64" in the International Public Policy Forum

December 2, 2016

The Brewer Foundation and New York University announced in November that Jasper High School, Plano Senior High School and Plano West Senior High School teams have advanced to the “Top 64” for the 16th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) - the only contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

The IPPF noted that this year’s competition was one of the most competitive years in the history of the IPPF - and the quality of the essays was exceptional. They received essays from 200 teams representing 23 countries. In last year's competition the team from Plano Senior High won the 15th annual IPPF Debate Championship. See the news article.

The “Top 64” teams will now compete in a single-elimination, written debate tournament. Teams will continue to debate the topic, “Resolved: The obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government’s right to control its borders.” This format continues until the final eight teams emerge. Those teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the IPPF Finals, where the IPPF Champion takes home a $10,000 grand prize!

Congratulations to advancing teammates from Plano ISD.

Jasper High School

Joy Fan
Anthony Jiang
Neha Kalakuntla
Jennifer Lin
Mukund Rao
Jacqueline Wei
David Yue
Michelle Zhang

Plano Senior High School

Varsha Appaji
Burzin Balsara
Lena Khanolkar
Madhav Mehta
David Morales
Tarang Sane
Nicholas Senktas
Nicolas Teachenor
Conway Xu
Angela Yang
Annie Zhao

Plano West Senior High School:

Peter Huang
Derek Ji
Ranie Lin
Christina Lu
Chetan Reddy
Art Tay
Jerry Yang
Carlyn Yang
Jason Zhang
Stephanie Zhang

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