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Lambert debate team competing in final rounds

College basketball’s March Madness may be over, but 64 high schools from around the globe have been competing in another tournament, and may the best words win.

Tina Baek, Jannifer Baek and Nina Reddy from Lambert High School reached the round of eight in the International Public Policy Forum Debate Tournament. They will travel to New York on May 1-3 to compete in the final rounds.

The team – all 11th graders – submitted written responses to the prompt, “Mass surveillance is not a justified method of governmental intelligence gathering,” according to their coach and English teacher at Lambert, Charles Hyatt.

After qualifying for the round of 64 by submitting essays in November, they defeated three high schools from Slovenia and Singapore by electronically submitting affirmative and negative responses.

The final eight teams received all-expense paid trips to compete in person at the Council on Foreign Relations’ Peterson Hall in Manhattan.
These rounds will be broadcasted live at 3:30 p.m. on May 2 at