A team of A&M Consolidated High School students has advanced to the next round of an international debate contest.

The students, Lars Deutz, Allen Zhang and Celine Choi, will compete against teams from 63 other schools in the International Public Policy Forum.

Teams will be debating the topic “Resolved: When in conflict, a nation’s self-interest should outweigh its international commitments to migrants” in a single-elimination written debate tournament.

Judges will narrow the competition to eight final teams, who will earn an all-expenses paid trip to New York City in April for the final round of competition. Teams are competing for a $10,000 grand prize.

The competition is presented by the Brewer Foundation and New York University.

The A&M Consolidated High School team was selected out of 150 entries from 19 countries based on the overall quality of a 2,800-word essay.

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