By Angel Gomez
While the Speech and Debate team is not very well known at LCHS, they do many amazing things. IPPF, or International Public Policy Forum, is one of them.
Students compete in IPPF by submitting a 2800 word essay to a panel of judges to be reviewed for several rounds on content and writing style. This year, the topic is “Mass surveillance is not a justified method of government intelligence.”
Once the initial essay is submitted, the entries get narrowed down to 64 teams out of a massive international pool. Each of the 64 teams also receives cash prizes before entering the single-elimination rounds. From there, the essays get modified and improved during each round while the numbers whittle down to 32, to 16, and then to the final 8.
These 8 teams will be granted an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and orally debate their topic. The panel of judges then choose a winner from the two separate debates, and the grand winner will win $10,000 USD and the Bickel & Brewer Cup (named after the law firm that founded the Forum). The IPPF exercise is unique in that it combines oral debate as well as persuasive essay writing, the only competition internationally that functions this way.
And since it’s an international deal, obviously there is pressure to make the essay the best it can be. But this year’s teams are definitely going to represent LC in the upcoming months.
The two teams are as follows:
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