MHS Debate Team Competes in New York City

MHS Debate Team Competes in New York City
Posted on 05/07/2018
MHS Debate TeamThere's no debate about these students' skills. The Mason High School Debate Team who advanced to the “Sweet 16” Round of the 2017-18 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition, advanced to the Top 8 in March. In doing so, the Team received an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City on April 21 at the Harold Pratt House.

The four MHS students on the team, Suraj Komatineni, Atneya Nair, Rahul Ramesh, and Alex Wang, then made it all the way to the final round where they finished as runner-up and received a $3,500 prize.

The field began with 161 teams representing high schools in 17 countries and 30 U.S. states. The teams debated the IPPF topic: “Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.” LEAF Academy of Bratislava, Slovakia was named the IPPF World Champion.

"These student debaters put in months of hard work to achieve the title of IPPF World Champion," said William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and founder of the IPPF. "They impressed the judges with their superior research, writing and advocacy skills.”

IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. 

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