Saturday, January 23, 2016

REGISTER: EV Novite

Registration is now open for the EV Novite!

This is a novice debate tournament (no speech!) open to first year high school competitors and middle school students. All students will get the chance to compete in three rounds. Please note that it takes place in San Jose, CA on a Friday right after school!

Friday, January 22, 2016

REGISTER: Cesar Chavez Memorial Tournament

Registration is now open for the Cesar Chavez Memorial Tournament!

This is a middle school only tournament that offers students
the chance to compete in both speech and debate events.



Registration Deadline: Wednesday 02/17

Friday, June 20, 2014

RESULTS: National Middle School Tournament @ Overland Park, KS


The Brooks Academy took 27 students to compete at the 2014 National Middle School Tournament, which was held WED 06/18 – FRI 06/20, and was hosted by Overland Park, KS. Exactly 100 schools from around the country entered in the competition, with 750 students competing in over 1200 different entries. After three grueling days of competition, The Brooks Academy’s students had collectively competed in over 70 rounds of elimination competition, won the national title in three different events, and as a team was recognized with the Overall School of Excellence Award, given to the Top 3 best performing schools in both Speech and Debate events. This is the second year in a row our staff’s program has been fortunate enough to earn the Overall School of Excellence Award, and we are already looking forward to next year’s 2015 National Tournament in Dallas and the chance to once again defend our title.


A special thanks to all of our students, coaches, and parents who work extremely hard to support our team. Our program's ability to make speech and debate available to as many students as possible and all of the success we continue to enjoy is a direct result of all of the love and support we are so fortunate to receive year in and year out. Thanks everyone.


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Highlights from the tournament included…

-- Our program set several new team records, including clearing 9 entries to the Final Round: Dec, DI, Duo, Extemp (4), Imp, and PF.

-- The Brooks Academy brought 5 Extempers, who collectively finished prelim rounds with scores of only 1 or 2. After Quarter-Finals, all 5 of our Extempers also cleared to Semi-Finals, and 4 made it to the Final Round: Ankush Swarnakar, Arian Raje, Devesh Kodnani, and Ishan Lakhani. Arian Raje would go on to win 1st Place, earning our team’s first back-to-back national title in an event. Last year, Anshul Shah also won Extemp Speaking, which was our team’s first national title.

-- The majority of our debaters showed off their versatility and also cleared in a speech or second debate event: Lavanya Singh (DI & LD), Devesh Kodnani (Extemp & PF), Ankush Swarnakar (Extemp & PF), Ishika Chawla (Congress & PF), Robert Chen (DI & PF), Roanak Baviskar (Extemp & PF), Praveen Nair (Congress & PF), and Aman Agarwal (Congress & Duo).

-- Speaking of our debate squad: all six of our Public Forum teams cleared to elimination rounds, and as a group, went 26-4 in preliminary rounds, losing only four rounds.

-- Suki Singh, our only student entered in four speech events, cleared to elimination rounds in all four events.

-- Arian Raje cleared to elims in all three of his events (DEC, EXTEMP, & IMP), made the Final Round in all three, and finished as the 1st Place National Champion in two events: Extemporaneous & Impromptu Speaking. He placed 3rd in Declamation. Arian Raje becomes our program’s first student to make the Final Round in three events, our first National Champion in two events, and our first 1st Place Champion at both the California State and National Tournament levels for his efforts in Extemp Speaking.

The following is a list of all of our students who qualified to the elimination rounds of competition and how they placed…

DECLAMATION:
Arian Raje (3rd Place)
Eva Prakash (Qtrs)
Julia Park (Qtr)

DRAMATIC INTERP:
Lavanya Singh (5th Place)
Robert Chen (Qtrs)
Rohan Kota (Qtrs)
Suki Singh (Qtrs)

DUO INTERP:
Aman Agarwal & Ayush Agarwal (2nd Place)
James Dang & Suki Singh (Semis)
Durga Badrinarayanan & Suki Singh (Qtrs)

EXTEMP SPEAKING:
Arian Raje (1st Place)
Devesh Kodnani (3rd Place)
Ankush Swarnakar (4th Place)
Ishan Lakhani (5th Place)
Roanak Baviskar (Semis)

HUMOROUS INTERP:
Ishan Lakhani (Semis)
Rohan Srinivasan (Semis)

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING:
Arian Raje (1st Place)
Ishan Lakhani (Qtrs)

ORIGINAL ORATORY:
Eva Prakash (Semis)

POETRY:
Rohan Srinivasan (Semis)

PROSE:
Rohan Kota (Semis)
Julia Park (Qtrs)
Suki Singh (Qtrs)

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE:
Aman Agarwal (Semis)
Ishika Chawla (Semis)
Praveen Nair (Semis)

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE:
Lavanya Singh (Qtrs)
Rishi Bala (Doubles)

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE:
Devesh Kodnani & Ankush Swarnakar (1st Place)
Avi Patel & Abhishek Shah (Semis)
Ishika Chawla & Robert Chen (Qtrs)
Roanak Baviskar & Praveen Nair (Octos)
Surya Pugal & Sahith Tummala (Octos)
Rohit Ghoshal & Aarushi Sahejpal (Doubles)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

RESULTS: 2014 Western JV & Novice Championship @ SFSU


After an extended winter break, The Brooks Academy officially returned to competition by attending the 2nd Annual Western JV & Novice Championship hosted by San Francisco State University. Despite the long winter layoff, our program sent two dozen students, and fielded entries in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Student Congress. By the end of the final rounds on Sunday, our students had done extremely well across the board: we cleared 7 of the 14 Public Forum teams in elimination rounds, swept all 5 JV Public Forum speaker awards, finished 2nd Place runner-up in both Public Forum divisions, and won 1st Place in Student Congress. Congratulations everyone.

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS (Novice):
5th Place (Qtrs) - Lavanya Singh

PUBLIC FORUM (Novice):
2nd Place - Rohit Gohshal & Aarushi Sahejpal
3rd Place (Semis) - Roanak Baviskar & Akhil Bhamidipati
5th Place (Qtrs) - Rohan Srinivasan & Andre Wang

2nd Place Speaker - Rohan Srinivasan

PUBLIC FORUM (JV):
2nd Place - Ishika Chawla & Robert Chen
3rd Place (Semis) - Ani Gottiparthy & Anshul Shah
5th Place (Qtrs) - Kunal Agarwal & Sai Dwibhashyam
5th Place (Qtrs) - Devesh Kodnani & Sukhman Singh

1st Place Speaker - Ishika Chawla
2nd Place Speaker - Anshul Shah
3rd Place Speaker - Ani Gottiparthy
4th Place Speaker - Robert Chen
5th Place Speaker - Kunal Agarwal

STUDENT CONGRESS:
1st Place - Michelle Huang
3rd Place - Aman Agarwal

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RESULTS: 2013 Warrior Invitational @ Ygnacio Valley HS


The Brooks Academy attended the 2013 Warrior Invitational hosted by Ygnacio Valley HS in Concord, CA on Sunday 12/15/13. We fielded an entry of 23 students in both speech and debate events. After 3 rounds of speech and 6 rounds of debate spanning 12 hours of competition, top three finishers in each event were awarded 3rd Place Bronze, 2nd Place Silver, and 1st Place Gold for their efforts.

At the end of the tournament, our students swept all 1st Place Golds in Novice division events.

NOVICE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE:

1st Place Gold - Praveen Nair & Ankush Swarnakar
2nd Place Silver - Arian Raje & Andrew Wang

OPEN PUBLIC FORUM:

2nd Place Silver - Ishika Chawla & Robert Chen

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING:

1st Place Gold - Tejas Harith
1st Place Gold - Arian Raje
2nd Place Silver - Devesh Kodnani

NOVICE IMPROMPTU SPEAKING:

1st Place Gold - Lavanya Singh
3rd Place Bronze - Arian Raje

INTERPRETATION: (Duo & HI Collapsed)1st Place Gold - Anmol Dhaka
2nd Place Silver - Grace Jiang & Jessica Lee
3rd Place Bronze - Lavanya Singh

PLATFORM: (Expos, OA, OO, OI collapsed)1st Place Gold - Eva Prakash
2nd Place Silver - Eva Prakash**

**Eva performed both her OI and OO in separate panels, and ended up closing out the event with 1st and 2nd place honors!

Special congratulations to Arian, Eva, and Lavanya for their multiple Top 3 finishes- especially to Arian, who took home a full Bronze, Silver, and Gold set for Impromptu, Parli, & Extemp respectively.

And last buy not least, a very well-deserved shout out and thank you this holiday season to all of our coaches, alumni, and friends who came out to judge this weekend and support our students through this whole first semester of 2013-14. We couldn't have had this much success if it weren't for all of you.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

RESULTS: 2013 Harker Middle School Tournament @ The Harker School

 

The Brooks Academy competed at the 2nd Annual Harker Middle School Tournament, hosted by The Harker School. Our school fielded over thirty students in the tournament, and after two hard fought days, finished with multiple finalists in both speech and debate events, and four 1st Place finishes.

Congratulations to everyone that participated on a great showing this weekend against some of the top middle school programs in the country!

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE:

3rd Place (Semis) - Lavanya Singh

PUBLIC FORUM:

1st Place (Champs) - Ishika Chawla & Robert Chen
3rd Place (Semis) - Roanak Baviskar & Akhil Bhamidipati
3rd Place (Semis) - Devesh Kodnani & Sukhman Singh**
Octofinalist - Durga Badrinarayanan & Rohan Srinivasan**

** Sadly, this tournament did not break brackets, and two of our Public Forum teams were eliminated because they were matched up against other teams from The Brooks Academy who advanced over them. A special congratulations to our two teams who achieved the difficult task of advancing to elimination rounds, and were only eliminated due to tournament rules.

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE:

5th Place - Ishika Chawla

DECLAMATION:

4th Place - Eva Prakash

DRAMATIC INTERP:

4th Place - Rohan Srinivasan
5th Place - Rohan Kota

DUO INTERP:

1st Place - Aman Agarwal & Ayush Agarwal

EXTEMP SPEAKING:

2nd Place - Devesh Kodnani

HUMOROUS INTERP:

3rd Place - Lavanya Singh
4th Place - Ayush Agarwal
6th Place - Sukhman Singh

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING:

8th Place - Akhil Bhamidipati
10th Place - Roanak Baviskar

ORIGINAL ORATORY:

1st Place - Eva Prakash

POETRY:

1st Place - Samir Banerjee

STORYTELLING:

2nd Place - Rohan Kota

Saturday, November 2, 2013

RESULTS: 2013 Northgate Invitational @ Northgate HS


The Brooks Academy attended the first annual Northgate Invitational at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek on Saturday 11/02/13. Our squad sent 13 students to the competition and walked away with several top honors in both speech and debate events. Special congratulations to Lavanya Singh for her double 1st Place finishes in Humorous Interp & Impromptu, and to the Dewan Family for fielding the first trio of siblings in our team’s history.

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE (Open):

2nd Place – Michelle Huang & Kartikeya Krishna

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE:

1st Place (Tied) – Akhil Bhamidipati & Roanak Baviskar
1st Place (Tied) - Gaurisha Dewan & Sonia Sakleshpur

HUMOROUS INTERP:

1st Place – Lavanya Singh
2nd Place (Tied) - Devesh Kodnani
3rd Place – Praveen Nair

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING:

1st Place – Lavanya Singh
2nd Place (Tied) – Kartikeya Krishna
3rd Place – Devesh Kodnani

ORATORICAL INTERP:

3rd Place – Era Dewan

ORIGINAL ORATORY:

1st Place – Eva Prakash