Fall 2021 – Latest Debate Tournament Results

Novice Champions: Rithwik Tamilselvan and Karan Patell


2021 Georgetown University National Tournament


Team Award
5th- Reyha Raghavaraju & Hannah Sundar
9th- Rajat Ravi & Vihaan Anumula
17th- Ray Ye & Jiin Choi
Speaker Award
5th- Reyha Raghavaraju
8th- Hannah Sundar


Team Award
9th- Fiona Qi & Sapna Annambhotla
9th- Dalton Sun & Aanya Baddela


Team Award
Co- Champions
Rohana Suram & Sophia Shi
Kirtan Thakkar & Tony Wang
Speaker Award
1st- Sophia Shi
5th- Rohana Suram
13th- Dylan Mashini
17th- Kirtan Thakkar


Team Award
3rd- Lakshmi Jojjavarapu & Yaashmita Senthilnathan
5th- Akshat Anand & Krishna Anand
9th- Mei Kumaran & Lakshya Jasti
9th- Dhruva Chayapathy & Zhengyao Liew
9th- Claire Park & Siri Manekar
Speaker Award
1st- Lakshmi Jojjavarapu
10th- Aishu Meyyappan
12th- Yaashmita Senthilnathan
13th- Zarina Wang
16th- Lakshya Jasti
17th- Akshat Anand
18th- Yasha Padmanabhan


Team Award
2nd- Susant Chunduri & Aryan Bavera
3rd- Ruhi datar & Daniel Huang
17th- Mandy Yang & Paheli Patel


5th- Noah Yoon & Irene Tang
5th- Anant Gautam & Prakhar Gupta

2021 IBA FALL Tournament


Speakers Award
1. Ashley Hua
2. Akshay Chenna
3. Rithwik Tamilselvan
4. Ethan Kwon
5. Alex Wang
Team Award
1. Rithwik Tamilselvan and Karan Patell
2. Akshay Chenna, Aneesh Thatta & Vanshika Puri
3. Ryan Guglani and Luke Rapaka
4. Vivian Chen and Evan Li
5. Hemanth Dogiparti, Tim Wang, and Janelle Yuan


Speakers Award
1. Samhitha Kovi
2. Jiin Choi
3. Devang Doshi
4. Lohisha Chinthalapudi
5. Tony Wang
Team Award
1. Devang Doshi and Naren Kumar
2. Kirtan Thakkar and Tony Wang
3. Ray Ye & Jiin Choi
4. Sam Kovi & Lohisha Chinthalapudi
5. Zarina Wang & Aishu Meyyappan


Speakers Award
1. Gene Yoon
2. Krishna Anand
3. Fiona Qi
4. Aryan Bavera
5. Susant Chunduri
Team Award
1. Irene Tang & Noah Yoon
2. Gene Yoon & Revankar
3. Krishna Anand & Akshat Anand
4. Susant Chunduri & Aryan Bavera
5. Lynden Baek & Alex Ko

Thank you to everyone for your participation and hard work! We are so proud of all of you!
Thank you Coaches for your dedication to helping all students reach their potential!

2021 MS Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky


2021 MS Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky

Speaker Award Champion:  Rikhil Ranjit

4th Eshawnvie Kallu
6th Neha Mahesh

Team Award Champion: Rikhil Ranjit & Neha Mahesh

9th Anna Yang & Ananya Rajagopalan
17th Aanya Baddela & Eshawnvie Kallu

Novice Tournament

Teams Award
1.  Kshiti Tadimarri & Riya Kinnarkar
2.  Hannah Liu & Sophia Huang
3.  Aashvi Shah & Aadi Shah & Sarah Verma
4.  Rithvik Jain & Kartik Modak & Shilpa Warrier
5.  Isabel Chen & Miya Ji

Speakers Award
1. Riya Kinnarkar
2.  Kshiti Tadimarri
3. Aashvi Shah
4.  Hannah Liu
5.  Miya Ji

ASP MS Tournament

Teams Award
1. Arnav Gupta & Suhuan Addula
2. Amelia Duerr & Kate Ding
3. Reyha Raghavaraju & Fatima Ahmad
4.  Vijit Tatia & Saatvik Kallem
5. Rishabh Sangodkar & Tanush Nimmalapudi

Speakers Award
1.  Reyha Raghavaraju
2.  Fatima Ahmad
3.  Amelia Duerr
4.  Kate Ding
5.  Divij Motwani

ASP ES Tournament

Teams Award
1. Ananya Kommuri & Sophia Zhan & Lianghe Zhang
2. Junwoo (Ryan) Lee-Kim & Armaan Punjani
3. Ronak Bhatt & McKenzie Wright
4. Pavani Pai & Ruhi Singareddy
5. Sophie Zaprudsky & Leo Leger

Speakers Award
1. Ananya Kommuri
2. Allyson Zhang
3.  Sophia Partin
4.  Prakhya Mudigonda
5. Leo Leger

JV Tournament

Speakers Award
1. Aditya Mukker
2. Yao Liew
3. Claire Park
4.  Kevin Liu
5. Dhruva Chayapathy

Varsity Tournament

Speakers Award
1. Rikhil Ranjit
2. Neha Mahesh
3. Akshat Anand
4. Gene Yoon
5. Susant Chunduri

Ivy Bridge Academy Students Advance to Finals in IPPF Debate

Students from Ivy Bridge Academy are preparing to compete as finalists in the 20th annual International Public Policy Forum


Students from Ivy Bridge Academy are preparing to compete as finalists in the 20th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) global debate competition. The team has advanced to the “Elite 8” round of the IPPF, a global debate contest sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University (NYU).

The IPPF is a one-of-its-kind collaboration between a law firm and major university providing a debate platform through which high school students hone their debate and advocacy skills on issues of public policy in written and oral debates. Students are debating the topic, “Resolved: The benefits of artificial intelligence outweigh the harms.”

The IPPF Finals competition will occur virtually in 2021 for the first time in IPPF history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety and well-being of IPPF competitors. The IPPF Finals will take place on Saturday, May 1. Ivy Bridge Academy will be one of eight teams – representing schools from five U.S. states and two foreign countries– competing for a $10,000 grand prize and the title of “IPPF World Champion.”

“The students who competed in this worldwide debate program this year reflect the qualities that lead to excellence – effort, energy and enthusiasm,” says William A. Brewer III, chairman of the Brewer Foundation and founder of the IPPF. “We are especially proud of these students who have earned the opportunity to compete in an advocacy forum unlike any other – the IPPF Finals. They will now supplement months of written scholarship with oral advocacy in pursuit of the title of 2021 IPPF World Champion.”

“Despite the challenges students around the globe are facing due to the pandemic, these students chose to participate in a rigorous academic competition and have excelled,” Brewer added. “We look forward to seeing them compete – and celebrating their achievement – during the IPPF Finals.”

The IPPF is the only competition that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. The debate competition was founded in 2001 by the Brewer Foundation to promote academic achievement and public advocacy. The IPPF received more entries this year than it has since 2016 – making this year highly competitive. The essays were reviewed by a committee, which determined the top 64 teams based on the overall quality of each 2,800-word essay.

In November 2020, the “Round of 64” teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. The next two rounds also took place in written form.The IPPF Finals give students the opportunity to participate in oral debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in debate, business, law and politics.

This year, IPPF judges will include Brewer and New York University President Emeritus Dr. John Sexton, among others. The winning team will take home the “Brewer Cup” and the $10,000 grand prize.

A competition bracket for the IPPF Finals is available on the IPPF website: www.ippfdebate.com. The “Elite 8” teams are:

  • Ivy Bridge Academy
  • Peak to Peak Charter School from Lafayette, Colorado
  • Slovak National Team from Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Troy High School from Troy, Michigan
  • Potomac Oak from Rockville, Maryland
  • Hobby School of Ulaanbaatar from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • The Hockaday School from Dallas, Texas Montgomery
  • Blair High School from Silver Spring, Maryland

Ivy Bridge Academy Students Competing Include:

  • Aanan Biswas,
  • Alex Doan,
  • Benjamin Moon,
  • Brian Shon,
  • Elly Kang,
  • Matthew Kim
  • Nina Thakur,
  • Noah Yoon,
  • Omer Mujawar,
  • Prakhar Gupta,
  • Tianyu Dong,
IPPF IBA Team Photo

About the IPPF and the Brewer Foundation: The IPPF was founded in 2001 by the Brewer Foundation and is now jointly administered with New York University. The program is available to all high schools around the world – public and private – for free. The IPPF is endorsed by leading forensic agencies, such as the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, the International Debate Education Association, the Impact Coalition, Associated Leaders of Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Debate Coaches Association.The Brewer Foundation is a private, non-profit organization funded by companies, individuals and the national litigation firm of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors. With offices in New York and Dallas, the Foundation has achieved widespread recognition for its efforts to create, fund and manage a variety of educational outreach programs.

About Ivy Bridge Academy: Ivy Bridge Academy offers a debate program that provides a chance for students to improve public speaking skills and engage with current events through the activity of Debate. Currently all of IBA’s debate classes are virtual. IBA prides themselves in having passionate, skilled coaches that teach students to have the confidence and experience to debate not only in local but also national tournaments.

SOURCE: Patch.com


Ivy Bridge Academy Students Excel in Harvard University National Tournament



Ivy Bridge Academy’s (IBA) debate students competed virtually in the 47th Harvard University National Debate Tournament the weekend of February 12-15, 2021. The tournament was held virtually this year. IBA is very proud of all our students’ accomplishments and even won the Middle School Team championship!

The Harvard University debate tournament is one of the largest academic competitions in the world! The student competitors represent the best and brightest young people across the United States and the globe.


Middle School Teams Results

47th Harvard National MS Champions!!!
Rikhil Ranjit & Neha Mahesh

Finished in 9th place:
Lakshmi Jojjavarapu & Yaashmita Senthilnathan
Finished in 33rd place:
Gene Yoon & Ethan Nam
Arya Somasundaram & Naren Kumar

Speaker Award: 23rd
Naren Kumar

HS/ Novice Teams Results

Finished in 5th place:
Manas Singh & Shaomin Kee
Finished in top 9th place:
Grace Yang & Akshaya Poonepalle
Mandy Yang & Paheli Patel

Speaker award: 9th place
Shaomin Kee

HS/ Junior Varsity Teams Results

Finished in 17th place:
Anant Gautam & Prakhar Gupta
Finished in 33rd place:
Pranaya Balaji & Karthik Jayaram
Nina Thakur & Yugeshwar Muralidhar
Susant Chunduri & Aryan Bavera

Speaker Award: 7th place
Anant Gautam

47th Harvard University Qualified IBA Debate Teams

IBA MS Debate Teams
Maya Nagia and Rohana Suram
Brandon Yoo and David Park
Vibhor Gupta and Vishnu Arumugam
Ritvik Shah and Vijay Devassy
Ryan Li and Dessie Yang
Claire Park and Siri Manekar
Eshawnvie Kallu and Ella Liu
Sneha Ramineni and Anish Raja
Aanya Baddela and Charlie Zhang
Jai Melinamani and Brent Shi
Spoorthi Kakarla and Aditi Kothari
Arya Somasundaram and Naren Kumar
Lakshmi Jojjavarapu and Yaashmita Senthilnathan
Fiona Qi and Alexis Liu
Rikhil Ranjit and Neha Mahesh
Dalton Sun and Madison Kang
Gene Yoon and Ethan Nam

IBA HS/Novice Teams
Mannan Singh and Hansi Thadiparthi
Jennifer He and Sabrina Yang
Dev Iyer and Ibrahim Mohammad
Manas Singh and Shaomin Kee
Mandy Yang and Paheli Patel
Lynden Baek and Alex Ko
Nayan Revankar and Dhanvin Yajaman
Jeffrey Shen and Tej Thakkar
Kirtan Thakkar and Devang Doshi
Gabriel Melvin and Alexander Doan
Grace Yang and Akshaya Poonepalle

IBA HS/Junior Varsity Teams
Aiden Kim and Aalif Biswas
Anant Gautam and Prakhar Gupta
Yugeshwar Muralidhar and Nina Thakur
Pranaya Balaji and Karthik Jayaram
Susant Chunduri and Aryan Bavera

IBA HS/Varsity Team
Noah Yoon and Irene Tang

Upcoming Tournament Information

2021 Open Debate Tournament Registrations:

  1. Novice Tournament 4th-9th grade (Novice class students only): March 5th-6th, 2021
  2. MIDDLE SCHOOL TOC AND HS CLUB NATIONALS AT UK 5-12th grades (JV and Varsity Class students only): May8th-10th, 2021

Register Online HERE:
Thank you to everyone who participated in the debate tournament and for also continuing to make debate an important part of their lives. IBA is thankful for our students and ability to share our passion for teaching public speaking & debate. We look forward to the day when we can teach in-person classes again.