BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School has one of the high school debate teams advancing into the Top 64 round of the 19th annual International Public Policy Forum, and the students are eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals in New York City.

According to a release, the IPPF is the first and only international debate competition that gives high school students the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on public policy.

This year, the release said, the IPPF received qualifying round essays from more than 150 teams in 28 states and 19 countries. Each essay dealt on the topic, "Resolved: When in conflict, a nation's self-interest should outweigh its international commitments to migrants."

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Now, the Round of 64 began immediately, with teams volleying a series of essays back and forth via email. A panel of judges will review the essays, and the winning ones will advance to the Top 32 round.

The final eight teams will advance to the finals in New York City in April.

On the Bridgewater-Raritan High School team are Aryan Jain, Aman Wadhwa, Pravar Jain and Tarun Trivedi.