Livingston One of Two NJ High Schools to Advance to Global Debate Competition’s “Sweet 16”


LIVINGSTON, NJ – Debate teams from around the world entered the 2017-18 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition, but only 16 remain—and Livingston High School (LHS) is one of them. In fact, LHS and Bridgewater-Raritan High School (BRHS) are the only two New Jersey high schools to have advanced to the “Sweet 16” round of the competition, making them eligible to win the “Brewer Cup” and a $10,000 grand prize.

The “Sweet 16” round is now underway, with the top 16 teams representing schools from 10 U.S. states as well as teams from China, Slovakia and Taiwan. LHS is currently competing against Stuyvesant High School from New York, NY, and BRHS is taking on Westfield Academy from West Hartford, CT.

On March 21, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced. Those teams will travel to New York City on an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF finals on April 21 at the Harold Pratt House. The IPPF finals give students the opportunity to participate in oral debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in debate, business, law and politics.

Sign Up for E-News

The IPPF, sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, 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.

“These students have demonstrated a command of a very complex and timely topic,” said William Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and a founder of the IPPF. “The remaining 16 teams are now competing for the chance to debate this issue on a global stage in New York City.” 

This year, teams submitted qualifying-round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms.” Those essays were reviewed by a committee that ultimately determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay.

In November, the top 64 teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays in the order they were presented and selected the winning teams.

In the “Round of 64,” LHS advanced over The Woodlands School from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and in the “Top 32” round, LHS advanced over Praxis of Central Michigan from Midland, MI.

The “Sweet 16” teams include:

All-Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, TX

BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, NJ

Concordia International School Shanghai, Shanghai, China

East Mountain High School, Sandia Park, NM

Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT

Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ

LEAF Academy, Bratislava, Slovakia

Livingston High School, Livingston, NJ

Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Colo.

Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA

Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY

Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan

The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Reno, NV

Westfield Academy, West Hartford, CT

William Mason High School, Mason, OH

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Deegan Dental Implant Special!

June 19, 2018


Deegan Dental is happy to announce our New Dental Implant Special Offer that will give you a reason to smile! Our New Special Offer, that expires 11/30/2018, covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,200 per Implant; a Great Value ...

Free Smoothie 2-7 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Friday, June 15, 2018 is National Flip Flop Day, created by Tropical Smoothie Cafe to celebrate their customers and kick-off their fundraising for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

From 2 to 7 p.m. June 15, get a free limited-edition Sunshine Smoothie when you wear flip flops to any of the 600-plus locations including the Livingston café!

No coupon or ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 7:00 PM


Flexibility in Retirement

Business & Finance


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018

Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Organically Yours: a wellness experience with ...

Millburn's Peter Serruto Drafted by Cincinnati Reds

June 6, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - Peter Serruto, who just completed his senior season at Millburn High School, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22d round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.

Serruto was the 649th pick overall.

The 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed batter has been a defensive standout since he first suited up in a Millburn uniform as a freshman.

"Defensively, ...

Winners of 19th Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale Announced

June 20, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Winners of the 19th annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale were announced at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 10.   The show will run through Sunday, July 29 at the Gaelen Gallery West, Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany.

Awards were presented at the Opening Reception for Best in Show and Best /Honorable Mention in the following categories: ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...