Ivy Bridge Academy Debaters Perform Well in National Tournament at Georgetown University

Ivy Bridge Academy at 2019 Georgetown Debate Tournament

Ivy Bridge Academy (IBA) debate students traveled to Georgetown University over the weekend of Oct. 12-13 for a national debate tournament. IBA had seven teams competing in the middle school division, with the team of Rikhil Ranjit and Hanming Sun qualifying for the final rounds. Students debated the topic of European trade with China, giving them vital insight and knowledge about current events. The students also got a chance to tour the prestigious university, and it was an overall invaluable experience for them.

Debaters excelled in the individual speaker awards with Prakhar Gupta finishing in 5th place, Hanming Sun in 7th and Rikhil Ranjit in 9th place. The Novice team of Adya Bhatta and Stella Chen were Champions. Individiual speaker awards at the Novice level were Adya Bhatta in 3rd, Stella Chen in 5th, Nina Thakur in 7th and Suraj Singareddy in 9th place.

IBA had two Junior Varsity teams, Albert Cho and Elly Kang who were Semifinalists and Sonal Churiwal and Melissa Liu finishing as Octafinalists.

The Varsity team of Tracy Xu and Mayukh Keelar were Octafinalists in the tournament.

Middle School Teams

Ethan Nam and Gene Yoon — Top 40
Krishna Anand and Karthik Jayaram — Double-octafinalist
Benjamin Moon and Prakhar Gupta — Octafinalist
Neha Mahesh and Shristi Roy — Octafinalist

Irene Tang and Ashley Wang — Octafinalist
Aalif Biswas and Anant Gautam — Quarterfinalist
Rikhil Ranjit and Hanming Sun — Finalist

5th speaker — Prakhar Gupta
7th speaker — Hanming Sun
9th speaker — Rikhil Ranjit


Akshaya Poonepalle and Jason Eappen — Octafinalist
Yugesh Muralidhar and Nina Thakur — Semifinalist
Adya Bhatta and Stella Chen — Champions

3rd speaker — Adya Bhatta
5th speaker — Stella Chen
7th speaker — Nina Thakur
9th speaker — Suraj Singareddy

Junior Varsity
Sonal Churiwal and Melissa Liu — Octafinalist
Albert Cho and Elly Kang — Semifinalist

Tracy Xu and Mayukh Keelar — Octafinalist

IBA is so proud of all of our students and the hard work put forth to compete at a national level. Each competition gives the debaters a chance to continue to learn, improve, work together and demonstrate their accomplishments in tournaments.

Source: Patch.com

IBA Students Champions at National Speech & Debate Association Nationals – 2019 – Dallas TX

Congratulations to Ivy Bridge Academy students Brian Yoo and Prajwal Saokar for winning the NSDA Middle School Public Forum Nationals 2019!

NSDA MS PF Debate Champions

Place: 1st
Code: GJ Saokar & Yoo
Name: Saokar & Yoo
Institution: Riverwatch
Round: Champion

R1 W 28.4, 28.5 (56.9)
R2 W 29.5, 30.0 (59.5)
R3 W 29.0, 27.0 (56.0)
R4 W 29.9, 29.5 (59.4)
R5 L 29.0, 29.5 (58.5)
R6 W 30.0, 29.0 (59.0)
R8 W W W (3-0)
R9 W W W (3-0)
R10 W W W (3-0)
R11 W W W W L (4-1)

See Full Results for NSDA Middle School Nations 2019 – Dallas, TX/US

Patch.com Article

National Speech & Debate Association Nationals 2019 – Dallas, TX
1st Place Winners – Public Forum MS
Prajwal Saokar (L) | Brian Yoo (R)
NSDA MS PF Debate Champions
Proud Champions! Great Job!!!

Video: Ivy Bridge Academy Debate Teams – Harvard Showcase Debate 2/24/2019

Ivy Bridge Academy Debate Teams meet on weekends at one of our 3 IBA campuses (Johns Creek, Cumming, Marietta) to learn, practice, prepare, and compete in in-town and out-of-town competitive debate tournaments (Learn more about IBA Debate Programs).

IBA Debate Teams recently traveled to Cambridge, MA. to compete in the 45th Annual Harvard National Debate Tournament held 2/16-2/18/2019. All our students had outstanding performances with both MS and HS Debate Teams winning 1st Place Champions! (Read more & see the winners)

The following video is a showcase example of IBA Debate Team students who competed at the 2019 Harvard National Debate Tournament.

“Ivy Bridge Academy’s local competition ends with a riveting debate on the topic of US arms sales in Saudi Arabia.”

  • (Pro First): Brian Yoo | Brandan Yao
  • (Con Second): Brian Shon | Rohit Jivangikar

Johns Creek Campus | Cumming Campus | Marietta Campus

Find out more about all the Debate Camps & Programs available at Ivy Bridge Academy

IBA Students are Champions at the Harvard University Debate Tournament!

1st Place Winners in High School and Middle School Debate Tournaments!

45th Harvard University National Debate Tournament 2019

IBA students took home 1st place in the MS and HS division with a perfect record! We also had a 1st place speaker award and multiple other top finishes at the MS and HS levels!

Congratulations IBA students!

Public Forum Debate – 2019 February Topic Area: International Conflicts
Resolved: The United States should end its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Students were evaluated on the validity of their arguments and presentations.

Ivy Bridge Academy had 13 Middle School teams and 13 High School teams to compete at the 2019 Harvard University Tournament. We could not be more proud of all our students’ hard work and accomplishments! (See Showcase Video of Winning IBA Debate Students)

2019 Harvard University Tournament Results

Middle School 1st Place Champion:
Bobby Missell (Riverwatch MS 8th) and Vinayak Menon (Riverwatch MS 8th)

2nd Place Winning Team
Brian Yoo (Riverwatch MS 8th) and Brandon Yao (River Trail MS 8th)

9th Place Winning Teams
Aaron Sinclair (Notre Dame Academy 8th) and Elly Kang (Dickerson MS 8th)
Neha Mahesh (Webb Bridge MS 6th) and Hanming Sun (Riverwatch MS 7th)
Paris Song (Autrey Mill MS 8th) and Siyona Patel (Hopewell MS 8th)

Middle School Speaker Award Champion
Vinayak Menon (Riverwatch MS 8th)
2nd Speaker Award
Bobby Missell (Riverwatch MS 8th)
6th Speaker Award
Brian Yoo (Riverwatch MS 8th)
10th Speaker Award
Brandon Yao (River Trail MS 8th)

High School 1st Place Novice Champion
Brian Shon (Alpharetta HS 10th) and Rohit Jivangikar (Alpharetta HS 10th)

5th Place Winning Teams
Tina Dong (Northview HS 9th) and Tracy Xu (Alpharetta HS 9th)
Ryan Moon (Chattahoochee HS 10th) and Matthew Kim (Northview HS 9th)

9th Place Winning Team
Alice Huh (Lambert MS 9th) and Sophie Khanmamedov (Lambert MS 9th)

High School Novice Speaker Award
3rd Speaker Award
Brian Shon (Alpharetta HS 10th)
8th Speaker Award
Rohit Jivangikar (Alpharetta HS 10th)
10th Speaker Award
Ryan Moon (Chattahoochee HS 10th)

Upcoming Debate Tournaments

Upcoming Tournament opportunities include the Georgetown International PF Tournament at the end of March, the Tournament of Champions in May (at the University of Kentucky) and IBA’s internal tournament in May.
The National Speech & Debate Association’s Tournament June 16-21 in Dallas, TX.

Register For Our IBA Debate Teams Program Available in Alpharetta / Johns Creek, Cumming, & Marietta, Ga!