Happy New Year 2023 From Ivy Bridge Academy!

REGISTER FOR IBA SPRING DEBATE & PUBLIC SPEAKING!

Elementary Schools | Middle Schools

Register for Spring Debate!!
Classes for Spring Public Speaking & Debate Start in a Few Weeks
Register Today To Reserve Your Child’s Spot! Spaces Are Limited!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:

MIDDLE SCHOOLS:

Register for Upcoming Tournaments

  • IBA Novice Tournament: 3/4/2023 (Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm JCHS)
  • IBA JV/Varsity Tournament: 3/4/2023 (Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm JCHS)
  • Stanford and Harvard Prep Tournament: 1/28/2023 (Saturday 8:30am to 6:00pm JCHS)
  • 37th Stanford University National Tournament: 2/11 – 2/14/2023 (Saturday to Monday: All Day Online)
  • Georgetown University Spring National Tournament: 4/1 – 4/2/2023 (Saturday to Sunday Online)
  • Middle School Tournament of Champions: 4/29 – 4/30/2023 (Saturday to Sunday Online)

Registration Link:
https://ivydebate.com/academic-camps/debate-tournament-registration/

Congratulations!

IBA students accepted to Harvard University and many other Top Colleges!

IBA HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2022

Happy Holidays 2022 and IBA News!

IBA Holiday Schedule

Closed 12/24 – 12/25 and 12/31 – 1/1

Register for IBA Holiday Debate Camps at the Johns Creek Campus! Information below!
VIEW IBA HOLIDAY CAMPS

Christmas Holiday Debate Camp Information

SESSION 1:
ES: 1pm4pm
MS: 1pm-4pm
Mon-Thurs. 12/19-12/22
$200
REGISTER TODAY!

SESSION 2:
ES: 1pm-4pm
MS: 1pm-4pm
Mon-Thurs. 12/26-12/2
$200
REGISTER TODAY!

Results from the IBA After School Program’s December 10, 2022 Debate Tournament

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Elementary School ASP

Speaker Awards

  1. Alexandra Jiang
  2. Lila Saraswat
  3. Franklin Sun
  4. Rhea Srivastava
  5. Sanvi Vemireddy

Team Awards

  1. Allie Ng & Alexandra Jiang
  2. Sanvi Vemireddy & Lila Saraswat
  3. Rhea Srivastava
  4. Dhruv Vallabhaneni & Armaan Pereira
  5. Siya Gupta & Vindhya Vishnubhatla

Novice ES

Speaker Awards

  1. Angela Mao
  2. Ashar Gayasuddin
  3. Sophia Zhao
  4. Jia Parikh
  5. Sridattha Kukkadapu

Team Awards

  1. Angela Mao & Jia Parikh
  2. Anushka Reddy & Sophia Zhao
  3. Siya Handa & Sridatta Kukkadapu
  4. Shawn Madanu & Arjun Narra
  5. Emre Madanoglu & Ashar Gayasuddin

Novice MS/HS

Speaker Awards

  1. Juhi Soni
  2. Dhruv Minampally
  3. Joanne Chung
  4. Sritha Ganti
  5. Samyukta Annamalai

Team Awards

  1. Sritha Ganti & Rishab Tvarlapati
  2. Juhi Soni & Aashi Shah
  3. Joanne Chung & Jason Chung
  4. Jonah George & Veer Bharat
  5. Sarah Wang & Siri Sappati

Junior Varsity

Speaker Awards

  1. Matthew Xia
  2. Aanishka Agrawal
  3. Nachiket Hegde
  4. Kanav Puri
  5. Nikhil Srinivasan

Team Awards

  1. Ashwini Srihari & Matthew Xia
  2. Grace Yan & Aanishka Agrawal
  3. Alyssa Chen & Arsheya Singh
  4. Sophia Huang & Hannah Liu
  5. Akshay Chenna & Nigel Arockiaraj

Varsity

Speaker Awards

  1. Akshat Anand
  2. Aanya Baddela
  3. Olivia Tye
  4. Jack Bruey
  5. Krishna Anand

Team Awards

  1. Krishna Anand & Akshat Anand
  2. Jack Bruey & Olivia Tye
  3. Sapna Annambhotla & Saanvi Kadiyala
  4. Claire Park & Siri Manekar
  5. Alex Ko & Lynden Baek

Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all students for your participation!

Register for Spring After School Programs

Spring Public Speaking & Debate Programs are Open for Registration! In-Person Classes

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:

MIDDLE SCHOOLS:

Upcoming Tournaments: IBA students are working hard in preparation for the 49th Annual Harvard University National Tournament in February 2023!

Congratulations! IBA students continue to be accepted to many Ivy League Universities!

Fall News from Ivy Bridge Academy

Ivy Bridge Academy has a lot of Fall News to share! We have recent tournament results, upcoming tournament news and registration for the Spring is open!

Upcoming Tournament – 49th Harvard University National Tournament

Our students are preparing for the Harvard University National Debate Tournament:

Information:
-Grades 6-12
-JV and Varsity Students Only
Travel Dates: 2/17-2/20/2023 (Friday 11am to Monday 11pm)
Tournament Schedule: 2/18-2/20/2023 (7am-8pm)

Deadline to Register 11/15/2022
Register Here: https://ivydebate.com/academic-camps/debate-tournament-registration/

Upcoming Tournament for After School Program Students

DATE: 12/10/22
TIME: 8:30 A.M. – 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Johns Creek High School
FOR: Elementary and Middle School students

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 11/15/22
Register Here: https://ivydebate.com/academic-camps/debate-tournament-registration/

Upcoming Tournament for Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity Students

DATE: 12/10/22
TIME:
Novice: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Junior Varsity/Varsity: 12:30 pm – 7pm
LOCATION: Johns Creek High School
FOR: Novice, JV and Varsity

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 11/15/22
Register Here: https://ivydebate.com/academic-camps/debate-tournament-registration/

Spring Registration is Open for After School Programs

Find Your School And Register Today! (Limited spaces are available for Spring 2023):
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASL | MIDDLE SCHOOL ASL

2022 Fall Georgetown University Debate Tournament
October 7- October 9

Topic Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its investment in high-speed rail.

Georgetown University National Tournament Results Fall 2022

Middle School Novice

Speaker Awards
17th Ellain Chen

Team Award
Finished in Doubles
Allyson Zhang & Vivian Chen
Arsul Dhatwani & Nachiket Hegde

Champions
Hongyi Jiang & Allen Liu
Aditi Pabbidi & Manasi Avdhani

Middle School Open

Speaker Awards
16th Isabel Chen

Team Award
Finished in Octas
Annabeth Whitney & Avaani Joshi
Dalton Sun & Aanya Baddela

Finished in Semis
Isabel Chen & Siri Nuthalapati

High School- Novice

Speaker Awards
1st Saanvi Kadiyala
2nd Sapna Annambhotla
4th Arjun Myneni
10th Aarush Gupta

Team Award
Finished in Octos
Aditya Mukker & Arjun Myneni
Edwin Tang & Aarush Gupta

Finished in Semis
Raunak Gupta & soham verma

Finished in Final
Sapna Annambhotla & Saanvi Kadiyala

High School – Junior Varsity

Team Award
Finished in Octos
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!

Johns Creek High School Tournament Results

Novice ES/MS

Speakers

  1. Ryan Chaudhary
  2. Arjun Narra
  3. Anisha Nagpal
  4. Adhya Karthik
  5. Adhiyan Karthikeyan

Teams

  1. Avery Feng & Divya Ramineni
  2. Pratheek Rao & Sophia Zhao
  3. Ryan Chaudhary & Shriyans Dudipala
  4. Anisha Nagpal & Adhya Karthik
  5. Arjun Narra & Esther Li

Novice MS/ HS

Speakers

  1. Ayati Yadav
  2. Fiona Fang
  3. Zeewoo Lee
  4. Sai Guntuku
  5. Sophie Yang

Teams

  1. Ayati Yadav & Sai Guntuku
  2. Co- Runner Ups: Ruhi Singareddy & Pavani Pai/ Fiona Fang & Meera Desai
  3. Sophie Yang & Janelle Yuan
  4. Zeewoo Lee & Sudarshan Thirunarayanan
  5. Shiv Kinnarkar & Joshua Andrews

JV

Speakers

  1. Joy Xuan
  2. Alyssa Chen
  3. Samyak Chatterjee
  4. Vivian Chen
  5. Arsheya Singh

Teams

  1. Arjun Myneni & Aditya Mukker
  2. Kate Ding & Amelia Duerr
  3. Ashwini Srihari & Matthew Xia
  4. Aditya Khanolkar & Lanya Hu
  5. Arsheya Singh & Alyssa Chen

Varsity

Speakers

  1. Raunak Gupta
  2. Krishna Anand
  3. Soham Verma
  4. Eshawnvie Kallu
  5. Aarush Gupta

Teams

  1. Eshawnvie Kallu & Samhitha Kovi
  2. Akshat Anand & Krishna Anand
  3. Susant Chunduri & Aryan Bavera
  4. Dylan Mashini
  5. Saanvi Kadiyala & Sapna Annambhotla

Ivy Bridge Academy Fall After School Programs Start and Upcoming Tournaments

Debate Team September Tournament

  1. Novice Tournament: Saturday, 9/24 8:30am to 12:30pm
  2. JV and Varsity Tournament: Saturday, 9/24 12:30pm to 7pm

In person Tournament at Johns Creek High School

Register for the Tournament HERE

Georgetown Tournament

Ivy Bridge Academy is proud to have 30 teams attending the Georgetown Tournament October 7-9!

Good luck to all participants!

After School Program Information

Thank you to everyone for registering for Elementary School and Middle School After School Programs! Ivy Bridge Academy is looking forward to a wonderful fall season.

First semester classes at the Elementary level are full and sold out. Please register for the second semester to save your child’s spot. Register Elementary School | Middle School After-School Debate & Public Speaking Programs.

Save the Date! End of Semester Tournament – December 10

ASP program students will have a tournament at the end of the semester on Saturday, December 10, 2022. The tournament will be held at Johns Creek HS from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Ivy Bridge Academy Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday (Weekend class open)
November 22, Tuesday Closed
November 24, Thursday Closed

Christmas Holiday
December 24, Saturday Closed
December 25, Sunday Closed
Makeup class December 27, Tuesday 4-6 or 6-8pm

New Year Holiday
December 31, Saturday Closed
January 1, Sunday Closed
Makeup class January 3, Tuesday 4-6 or 6-8pm

Join Our Weekend Debate Team Program!!

Please contact IBA’s Director for more information:

Alpharetta and Johns Creek
404-519-7715

Suwanee and Cumming
770-712-2485

Marietta
770-712-7625

Ivy Bridge Academy News and Fall Registration for All Programs!

Ivy Bridge Academy looks forward to seeing new and returning students this Fall in our After School Program classes at local schools!
We hope you have had a wonderful summer and wish a safe return to school for everyone!

IBA Star Students & Tournament Champions

IBA would like to Congratulate Star Students Neha and Rikhil!
This dynamic duo debate team won all Championship Tournaments in 2020-2021!

  • 2020 University of Kentucky Season Open National Tournament Champions
  • 2020 Georgetown University National Tournament Champions
  • 2021 Harvard University National Champions
  • 2021 MS Tournament of Champions at University of Kentucky

Register for the Upcoming Georgetown University Tournament!

Georgetown University Tournament 10/7-10/9/2022

Congratulations to our student Valedictorians

Congratulations to our student Valedictorians Omer Mujawar from Johns Creek HS and Tina Dong from Northview HS!
We are so thankful that Ivy Bridge Academy is a big part of your lives and we wish you the best in your future!

IBA Students College Bound to Top Colleges

Many IBA students attend top ranking colleges. Congratulations to Albert and Eric who will both be studying at Brown University! Debate can have such a huge impact on students lives and IBA is thankful to be a part of that growth.

Register for Public Speaking & Debate in our After School Programs this Fall!

Classes begin in August -September and All are In-Person at the School.  Please find registration links below.
IBA welcomes two new schools this year – Kincaid ES and Medlock Bridge ES!

Cogburn Woods ES Tuesday’s 9/13-12/6
Creek View ES Thursday’s 9/15-12/8
Dolvin ES Tuesday’s 9/13 – 12/6
FAST Monday’s 8/29 – 11/28
Fulton Science Academy ES and MS
Kincaid ES Monday’s 8/29 – 12/5
Medlock Bridge  Monday’s 8/29 – 12/5
Mount Bethel ES Thursday’s 9/15 – 12/1
Ocee ES Monday’s 9/12 – 12/5
Our Lady of Assumption Wednesday’s 9/14 – 12/7
Shakerag ES  Wednesday’s 9/14 – 12/7
State Bridge ES Wednesday’s 9/14 – 12/7
Wilson Creek ES  Tuesday’s 9/13 – 12/6
Autrey Mill Middle School  Tuesday’s 9/13 – 12/6
Webb Bridge Middle School Wednesday’s 9/14 – 12/7

Register for IBA’s Weekend Debate Teams Offered at 3 Locations!

Ivy Bridge Academy Johns Creek Debate Team
Ivy Bridge Academy Suwanee and Cumming Debate Team
Ivy Bridge Academy Marietta Debate Team

IBA looks forward to a fun and academic fall season!

Brewer Foundation

Ivy Bridge Academy Students Advance in Global Debate Competition

Ivy Bridge Academy Students Advance to “Sweet 16” Round of IPPF Global Debate Competition

Ivy Bridge Academy debate students have even more to be proud of this season. A team from the highly competitive debate academy has advanced in a global competition. Debate teams from around the world entered the 2021-22 International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition, but only 16 remain – including a team of students from Ivy Bridge Academy in Johns Creek. By advancing, the students remain eligible to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City, where the IPPF World Champion will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize.

The Ivy Bridge Academy team is the only team from Georgia to advance this round. Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and 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.

These students analyzed and debated the role of the United States dollar in the world economy,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and a founder of the IPPF. “The 16 teams that remain will compete in another written round of debates – in hopes of advancing to the IPPF Finals in New York City.

The IPPF’s 21st annual competition began in October, as teams submitted qualifying round essays affirming or negating the IPPF topic, “Resolved: On balance, the hegemony of the United States dollar is detrimental to the world economy.” Those 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, the top 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. In the “Round of 64,” Ivy Bridge Academy advanced over Union County Vocational Technical Schools from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. In the “Top 32” round, Ivy Bridge Academy advanced over Whitmer High School from Toledo, Ohio.The “Sweet 16” round is now underway. Ivy Bridge Academy is competing against Potomac Oak from Rockville, Maryland.

The top 16 teams represent schools from nine U.S. states and Canada, Mongolia, and Singapore. On March 24, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced. If Ivy Bridge Academy advances, the team will win a trip to New York City to compete in the IPPF Finals on April 30, 2022, at the Harold Pratt House. The IPPF Finals give students the opportunity to supplement their written scholarships with oral advocacy – competing in debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in business, law and politics. Judges will include Brewer and New York University President Emeritus John Sexton, among others. The winning team will take home the “Brewer Cup” and the $10,000 grand prize.

The Ivy Bridge Academy team consists of the following students:

Aalif Biswas, Aiden Kim, Akshaya Poonepalle, Alex Ko, Ethan Nam, Gene Yoon, Hailey Shon, Hanming Sun, Srihansika Hansi Thadiparthi, Irene Tang, Jason Eappen, Lynden Baek, Nayan Revankar, Nina Thakur, Noah Yoon, Omer Mujawar, Prakhar Gupta, Rikhil Ranjit, and Yugeshwar Muralishar.

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 has 3 Atlanta locations: Johns Creek, Cumming and Marietta where they teach debate and offer spring break and summer academic camps. More information can be found at www.ivydebate.com or email ibaafterschool@gmail.com.

Source: Patch.com

Fall 2021 – Latest Debate Tournament Results

Novice Champions: Rithwik Tamilselvan and Karan Patell

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2021 Georgetown University National Tournament

MIDDLE SCHOOL NOVICE

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

MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN

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

HIGH SCHOOL FIRST – NOVICE

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

HIGH SCHOOL – NOVICE

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

HIGH SCHOOL – JUNIOR VARSITY

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

HIGH SCHOOL – VARSITY

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

2021 IBA FALL Tournament

NOVICE

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

JUNIOR VARSITY

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

VARSITY

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

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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

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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

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Ivy Bridge Academy Students Excel in Harvard University National Tournament

47 th ANNUAL HARVARD NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT: 2/12-2/15/2021 — Cambridge, MA/US

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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.

2021 47th HARVARD UNIVERSITY NATIONAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

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
    ONLINE

Register Online HERE:
https://ivydebate.com/academic-camps/debate-tournament-registration/
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.