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Clayton High School debate team advances in international contest

1:44 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
Noam Kantor, Ian Tarr and Nathan Jarvis.
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Clayton, MO (KSDK) - A sophomore and a pair of seniors from Clayton High School advance to the Top 32 round of prestigious international debate contest.

Nathan Jarvis, Noam Kantor and Ian Tarr submitted a research paper for the first round of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) in just a week's time. That essay, entitled "Resolved: Adaptation should be the most urgent response to climate change," scored well-enough to advance into the next round.

More than 210 teams from 30 countries submitted essays for the opening round.

In the next round, Jarvis, Kantor and Tarr will exchange a series of essays via email with a panel of judges in Colorado, arguing the merits of their paper. Those judges will review each of the essays from the remaining schools and narrow the field to 16 teams.

That process continues until 8 finalist teams are announced. Those last 8 teams will be flown on an all-expenses paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City in April 2013.

The Clayton High School team is the only team from Missouri to advance in this year's competition. The Top 32 teams represent schools in 18 states and seven foreign countries.

Each team will be awarded a cash prize for their efforts, with the grand prize winner earning $10,000 and the Bickel & Brewer Cup.

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