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TribLIVE: Pine-Richland Debate Team Wins Top Spot at International Competition



May 5, 2022 — TribLIVE reports that students from Pine-Richland High School have emerged from a field of 120 participants from around the world to win first place in the 21st annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF)


Pine-Richland took home the competition’s $10,000 grand prize. The team was coached by high school teacher Jeff Byko and the team members are Miles Brown, Callie Stoltz, Andrew Ni, Amish Sethi, Tadg Manna and Matthew Farmar.


“This championship is such a tremendous accomplishment for these six students,” Byko said. “From writing their cases in the beginning to the eventual oral debates, they consistently worked not only to understand their topic — U.S. dollar hegemony isn’t on the top of most people’s interest lists — but to master it."


“Their results showed they mastered it better than everyone else,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier or prouder of them.”


Sethi, who is participating as a senior, said, “After working nine months together in a deep dive on the world economy, we are ecstatic to see our hard work pay off on the international stage. While it certainly took a lot of work, the memories we have made along the way are unforgettable.”


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