Students from Chandler's Hamilton High School will compete in New York this weekend a $10,000 grand prize during the 12th annual Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) Finals. The eight schools in the finals represent seven U.S. states and Singapore. They are emerged from a field that started with hundreds of teams representing more than 1,000 debaters.
The semifinals and final debate will be broadcast live from New York City at bickelbrewer.com/ippf beginning at 7:15 a.m. (Arizona time) Saturday. The final debate will take place at 12:30 p.m.(Arizona time).
Founded in 2001, the contest is the only competition that gives high school students from around the globe the opportunity – for free – to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. This year's topic is climate change.
Hamilton High School defeated Team Singapore from Singapore in the top 32 round. Hamilton then bested The Woodlands Secondary School of Ontario, Canada, in the “Sweet 16” round – to earn the all-expenses-paid trip to New York City. The 2012-13 IPPF World Champion will be named Saturday night during a ceremony at The Harold Pratt House.