LTHS students qualify for international debate competition

Lake Travis High School Speech and Debate students Ben Hadley, Allee Johnson, Evan Margiotta, and Tevinh Nguyen will comprise one of only six teams from Texas and 64 teams overall that will compete in the International Public Policy Forum, a contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

In order to qualify for the top 64 teams in the world, the students completed a 2,800 word essay in affirmation on the topic and submitted it along with thousands of other teams representing over 30 countries. The 64 teams will now compete in a single-elimination, written debate tournament on the topic, “Resolved: Genetically modified organisms are essential to global food security.”  Essays will be volleyed back and forth via e-mail and judges will select eight advancing teams.  Those teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the IPPF Finals, where the champion will take home a $10,000 grand prize.  The Lake Travis team will face The Davidson Academy of Nevada in the first round of competition.

The competition is sponsored by New York University and the Brewer Foundation.  Marilyn Myrick is the Speech and Debate program sponsor at Lake Travis High School.