Debate the Future of America 2013


iPad retinaNominate your school to compete in the Debate the Future of America competition! This is a unique opportunity for students to debate real world issues and deepen their awareness of the strong links between the US and Australia. Sixteen teams will compete for the grand prize of three 16GB Wi-Fi iPads with Retina display for their school.

High school students will debate some of the major issues in the United States today:

  • That the US should grant amnesty to illegal immigrants
  • That the US needs an austerity program
  • That the US should implement Australian-style gun control
  • That race relations in the US have not improved during the Obama presidency.

The elimination rounds will take place at 4.30pm on the following dates: 7, 14 and 21 August 2013 at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The final will be held during the University of Sydney’s Open Day on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 1.30pm.

The competition is open to Year 11 NSW high school students. Only one team per school may enter.

Watch the 2013 final between Hurlstone Agricultural High School and Pymble Ladies College below.

Apply now

The 2013 competition has now been completed. Please check back for details about the 2014 competition.

 

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